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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 Originally made for the Colecovision in 1983, we've gone to great lengths to painstakingly port one of the few existing copies.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 3.5 / 5 stars

The Joke's on the Web

The best element of the game is the practical joke/hoax surrounding the game. That part, from the YouTube video to the introduction of the "port" itself, was a perfect 10. From the narrative to the voiceover to the photographs to the ediiting of the commercial: top notch, and you guys couldn't have done it better.

The game itself... ah, well. The graphics are a perfect knock-off of a 1980's era Colecovision game. The game itself isn't engaging. And the controls were flat-out terrible. Not in that you have seven buttons to control actions (which I wouldn't put past a Colecovision or Intellivision game), but that the buttons have to be at the very top of the keyboard. If the buttons were "Z to M," or this was 2000 and keyboards still had number pads, I would have found the game to be playable, simply because I could have kept my hands in a natural position.

10/10 for the joke, 5/10 for the game, 7/10 composite.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Nice Hodgman Refernce

Great game also


Rated 5 / 5 stars


I can't believe some people think this was actually a real game in 1984! I guess this is sort of an inside joke for people following Newgrounds on Facebook/Youtube.

The controls were very difficult; 7 buttons, that's the most buttons I have ever used on a Flash game! It was an intersting challenge, and hard to get all the points (which I didn't).


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Great game and all

The controls are too much for my brain. I love this kind of music so I'm sad that I cannot play any further. Anyway, you get your 9/10.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars


I enjoyed the game, but i didn't get most of it. Everything was alright, but the minigames were kinda hard to follow. It took me 5 tries to understand that the "Joystick" were actually the arrow keys. Good, well done, but make it clear next time. I know you had to import it but you could've put it under the controls.