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Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel's Castle is a game released for the Atari 2600 and ColecoVision. It is based on the popular Saturday morning cartoon of the 1980s.


The player controls a Smurf who must travel through the terrain of the Smurf forest in order to rescue Smurfette, who is held captive in Gargamel's castle. Along the way, Smurf must jump over fences, rivers, ledges, chairs, and tables that block his path, while avoiding birds, snakes, spiders, and bats. An energy meter at the top of the screen ticks away as Smurf tries to complete every region of the forest; a bonus of remaining energy in the meter is added to the player's score if Smurf completes the region, while Smurf dies if he fails to complete the region before the energy meter runs out. When Smurf rescues Smurfette, he is placed back at the start where the level gets longer and the animals get faster and harder to avoid.


Besides this game, a Smurf "play and learn" educational game for the ColecoVision was advertised in their promotional literature, but was never worked on or released, as was also the case for the Intellivision version of this game. A different type of educational game, Smurfs Save The Day, was released for the Atari 2600 instead, with Smurf Paint & Play Workshop, a painting program, released for the ColecoVision in its place.

Smurf videogames
Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel's Castle | Smurfs Save the Day | Smurf Paint & Play Workshop
The Smurfs (1994) | The Smurfs Travel The World | The Smurfs' Nightmare
The Adventures of The Smurfs | The Smurfs (1999) | Smurf Racer
Learn with The Smurfs | The TeleTransport Smurf | Revenge of The Smurfs
Smurfs' Village | The Smurfs (2011) | The Smurfs Dance Party
The Smurfs & Co. | The Smurfs' Grabber | Drawsome Artist