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Plimpton's Video Falconry

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Jun 2, 2011 | 5:48 PM EDT

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Author Comments

Enjoy a sport that has been the pass-time of kings, hunters and warriors for 4000 years!

George Plimpton's Video Falconry was brought to our attention by the Judge John Hodgman podcast. Originally made for the Colecovision in 1983, we've gone to great lengths to painstakingly port one of the few existing copies.


1 - Yaw
2 - Pitch
3 - Claw Grab
4 - Beak Grab
5 - Flap
6 - DoubleFlap
7 - Claw

Happy Falconing!



Rated 4 / 5 stars

Interesting enough

This was a fairly nice game because it had an original feel to it. It is probably the first game I have ever played online that was about falconing. It helps that so many popular artists worked on this! What was pretty cool was how it had a fairly simple premise but it really took time to play. The only problem was that it was a bit hard to keep up. The first time I tried it out, I was unable to use the claw grab for some reason. I guess you have to specifically use your flight in the way explained to get past the level.

It could have also used some more detail. It's still a fairly good game, especially how you can learn coordination well with how you fly around pressing the "1". It was nice of you to include a backstory to learn more about him. For the record, he was a real person although I doubt he did half the stuff you mention. I like how big the claws are, too.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

I always did want to take up falconry

In all honesty it seems like an amazing sport...This game does portray it pretty well.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

It's..... beautiful.

This is truly the peak of gaming. Vivid graphics. Gorgeous music. Alluring gameplay. This is all too much for one to handle. JUST KIDDING!

I wish the falcon could yaw to the left. This gets sort of frustrating later on when you have to grab prairie dogs and what not. I know you were trying to go with the 80's gaming aspect but I mean..... really?

The fact that you put so much effort into making up a backstory to this game and advertising it into making people believe it was real is really astonishing.


Rated 5 / 5 stars


It's very fun to play.Doesn't get boring.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Brings back horrible memories

My dad had a ColecoVision when they first came out; sadly I wasn't born at the time but he kept in the loft for when I was ready.

I think I was about 5 when he released the beast from the attic and he even had this God forsaken game. I mean, this amazing port is unbearable to play now, but imagine a kid playing it back then on an actual ColecoVision... there were many MANY tantrums.

I played this ported version with bated breath, knowing full well what it use to do to me. This time, however, I have an adult brain and larger hands in order to press the impossible key combinations. Was it any easier? No. In fact, fuck no. This game still remains one of the most infuriating I have ever played and will put me in a early grave.

This time, dammit, I at least managed to complete the main story. Although I still fail miserably at the mini-games.

I wish this game never existed, but am glad that it has found a home for everyone to "enjoy".