Picnic Paranoia (Atari 8-bit)

Picnic Paranoia (1982) by Synapse Software for the Atari 800XL.


Picnic Paranoia was a game developed by Synapse and released for the Atari 8-bit line in 1982. The following year it was also ported to the TI-99/4A.

Like most Synapse games, this is a high quality, fun (though simple) arcade type game with excellent graphics and sound for the time. This is the type of game that the Atari 8-bits excelled at. The goal of this game is to prevent insects from taking your food off the table. You have to swat the insects to kill them as well as move food back to the table. If a round finishes without any food on the table then the game is over. I don’t think this game is quite as good as some of Synapse’s other games (Shamus, Blue Max, Pharaoh’s Curse, etc.) but it isn’t bad.

Picnic Paranoia was available on cassette and disk for the Atari and required only 16K to run so it should work on any Atari 8-bit. The TI-99/4A version was available on cartridge. Apparently it was also released for the Apple II at some point though that version seems more rare for some reason.