Picnic Paranoia is an action game originally programmed by Russ Segal for Synapse Software in 1982 for the Atari 8-bit family console. It was ported over to the TI-99/4A by Atarisoft during the 4th quarter of 1983. It was sold as part # RX 8517 and sold for $44.95 (USD). Picnic Paranoia was distributed via Solid State SoftwareTM Command Module.
Original Retail Price|
Solid State SoftwareTM Command Module|
1983 (4th Quarter)|
The player in Picnic Paranoia controls "George" who attempts to protect a picnic from ants who try to carry off the food that has been set up on picnic blankets, spiders who weave webs to slow George down and bite him, and wasps that sting and paralyze him. The player must also try to replace food back onto the picnic blankets after it has been removed by the ants. Points are awarded for each item of food remaining on the screen at the end of each round. Rounds last for 90 seconds. The game ends when all the food is removed from the screen. There are sixteen levels or rounds to Picnic Paranoia.
Back of Retail Packaging
George Gets Slap-Happy When Bugs Join the Picnic. Experience new thrills on TI 99/4A. -- Armies of ants aided by stinging wasps and poisonous spiders are out to ruin George's outing. Swat the little buggers or they'll push point-laden food right off the screen. But be careful, insect bites are paralyzing. And only when you help George escalate the conflict with bug spray, can he really turn the tables on these pests.
Triton Catalog - Fall 1986
Insidious insects join George's picnic and try to ruin the fun. They push point-laden food off the screen; and their bites are paralyzing. Help George turn the tables with bug spray! (Requires Joysticks.)