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 Originally made for the Colecovision in 1983, we've gone to great lengths to painstakingly port one of the few existing copies.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

Excellent Coleco-remake!

Jon Martin, Jak Baron King, and I-Mockery have hit the nail on the head. This is a neat homage to the games that were made before the NES, which I happen to familiar with. To be honest, I never expected that you guys would go out your way to pay tribute to that commercial, but considering that Room game that you did with Oney; it makes a bit of sense. Let's get started, shall we?

Graphics: Jeff did a great job with the spritework making it accurate with the actual system that was the subject of this flash. I think more people could look into custom spriting on this site. It may not win beauty contests, but still gets the job done none-the-less.
Sound: Stamper, This is just another reason why I still look up to you, Mindchamber, and Tom. The chiptune music, while repetitive, was nice and fit the game perfectly. Plus, great job on behalf of Nerdist for the narration.
Content: It is what it is and that's all that matters because I enjoyed playing this game. You even went and simulated the Colecovision controller on the numpad just for the novelty, which while confusing, never wore off. In addition, great job on the Alien Hominid cameo in the space stage. Of course, the only real gripe I have is the intro. While it is informative, it felt tacked on like an afterthought.

What's Good:
-Excellent spritework
-Fun to play
-Nice chiptunes
-Underused subject

What's Bad:
-The intro, while informative, felt forced.

Overall: Here's your ten guys.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Top Notch!

It reminds me of something you could play on the NES - The graphics, the music, and the sprites. Everything. I love the little minigames in between capturing prey. :)


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Quite a good game, but the controls are very hard to use. I keep pressing the wrong buttons that that. Still it's quite a good game, and a hotplate !

TomFulp responds:

The whole game was built around a pretend cheat code made up by John Hodgman, so it required making a ton of buttons and working out from there. I agree it's a mess :)


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".