Alligator People - Atari 2600


You are lost in the deepest part of the jungle. Six of your friends have fallen under the spell of the Alligator People. They are slowly being transformed into alligators and you are the only one in the world who can save them!

To stop this transformation, you must inoculate each of them with a special antidote that you gather throughout the swamp. You don't have a lot of time! Not to mention, the alligators are chasing you as you attempt to gather vials of the antidote! The longer you wait, the more antidote you need to reverse the effects of the Alligator People!

This prototype appears to have been completed and unlike some prototypes that never saw the light of day, this one is quite enjoyable to play!

Includes cartridge only. Additional information about the game (including information on how to play) can be found at

Author Unknown
Number of Players 1
Controller Joystick
Cartridge Size 4K
Label Design Dave Exton
Nathan Strum on 12/15/2010 01:45pm
Alligator People is an unreleased prototype from 20th Century Fox, and a weird one at that. You control a hypodermic needle, and must inject mutating humans at the top and bottom of the screen, in order to prevent them from turning into alligators. To do this, you must first collect antidote vials and serum, which are spread throughout a maze of ever-moving, crushing walls. As if this weren't enough, real alligators (which you can shoot, but not "cure") are roving the halls, looking to devour you. Cure all six humans, and you move onto the next level.

Alligator People is a decent game, although it does take awhile to get used to the play mechanic. You can enable a practice mode with unlimited lives by flipping the left difficulty switch to B (novice). The alligators are nicely detailed, but the rest of the game looks rather bland. The sound is adequate, but nothing special. Alligator People reminds me very much of Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes, which is another very quirky 20th Century Fox game with a similar B-movie theme. No instructions are included, but you can find them online at

As far as prototypes go, Alligator People is above average. It seems to be complete, or at least completely playable. The need to collect both antidote and serum seems rather pointless, as the serum doesn't seem to do much. While not outstanding, Alligator People is certainly an original idea for a game, and a pretty decent challenge, too. If you're looking for something different, this might be worth picking up.
Joseph Kollar on 12/31/2004 11:44am
This game is excellent, I'm shocked they didn't release this back in the day since it's better than most of the other 20th Century Fox titles. Great gameplay, cool infinite lives option and great graphics for the VCS. Specifically I'm referring to the transformation of the epople into aligators. It looks great!

This game is better than most VCS games that were released, pick it up.
Roger Stano on 04/30/2003 06:52pm
This is an EXTREMELY fun game to play and own. I bought Alligator People at Philly Classic 4 this year after playing it for only 5 minutes! It's that good! The harder levels are really challenging, and once you start playing, you won't turn it off! Buy your copy today!

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