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Save Mary! may have been in development longer than any other Atari 2600 game (over two years according to some sources). One reason for this was Atari management constantly making changes to an already complex game, but another reason for the long development cycle was that programmer Tod Frye may only have been working part time for Atari at the time and was also working on another unreleased VCS game Shooting Arcade. Without any doubts Atari had a winner on its hands, but unfortunately the age of the Atari 2600 was over and great efforts like this ultimately came too late to save the dying system. On an interesting side note Nolan Bushnell himself is quoted as saying that Save Mary! was one of his favorite upcoming Atari 2600 releases. One would think that with this kind of endorsement Save Mary! would have seen the light of day, but unfortunately that was not the case.