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Custer's Revenge

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Custer's Revenge
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Developer: Mystique
Publisher: Mystique
Release date: 1982
Genre: Platform
Game modes: One player.
Controls: Joystick
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Orientation: Vertical
Type: Raster, standard resolution
Size: 23 inch
Platforms
Atari 2600
Notes
This game drew protests from several groups, and soiled the image of the Atari 2600.

The screenshot shows just how crude the game's graphics were.

Custer's Revenge is an adult-oriented video game made for the Atari 2600 by Mystique, a company that produced a number of pornographic video games. It was one of several video game companies that tried to use sex to sell its games. The game was first released on October 13, 1982.

Custer's Revenge gained notoriety for its particular plot. In the game, the player controls the character of "Custer," a naked man sporting a cowboy hat and a visible erection, obviously based on George Armstrong Custer. Custer has to overcome various (not very difficult) obstacles to achieve his goal, which is to have sex with a crudely depicted, large-breasted Native American woman who is tied to a post.

The game's design prompted complaints and public statements from various spokespersons for women's rights groups (who felt that the image of having sex with a tied-up woman was a simulation of rape), anti-pornography activists, Native American spokespersons, and critics of the video game industry in general.

Custer's Revenge is generally seen by video game collectors and historians as one of the worst home video games ever made. One video game industry insider said that the "pornography" element of the game was overblown, since the "woman" looked like "a hot dog made of Legos."

Like many other video game manufacturers, Mystique went out of business and sold the rights to their games to Playaround. Playaround continued to market Custer's Revenge as Westward Ho for a time. They made minor modifications to the game, which included making the skin of the "woman" darker than orginally, and having her extend her arm and gesture to "Custer" to come over to her. They also made a version of the game called General Retreat. In this game it is the "woman" who has to overcome various obstacles to have sex with "Custer" - who this time is the one tied to the post. Instead of arrows there's cannon balls being shot at the "woman."

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