Oh yes, I’d like that VERY much INDEED.
OK the dinner rush is starting so I have to get back to work, that’s the end of #BentleyBearDay 2013. It was fun, see you next year!
Do not steal from Bentley, blonde girl. He’s had you marked since you walked into his shop. You’re a Walkman thief and he knows it.
Don’t go for the exit, Astronaut Bentley! Go instead to the entrance…to a moon adventure.
This is how I like to imagine Bentley’s been living since Crystal Castles came out in the 80s: lounging in the shallow end of the pool, drinking a non-alcoholic beverage and wearing sunglasses indoors.
This is from Bentley Bear’s Spelling Bee, part of a series of very obscure educational titles starring the First Bear of Video Games.
Atari’s marketing department recognized the power of bears to influence sales, so when the Atari 2600 version of Crystal Castles was shipped to stores, some of them also got this attractive 3D display.
I really wanted this but got outbid on eBay :(
Bentley Bear was licensed for use in Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph movie, but no one has managed to prove that he made it in. This is concept art for what he would have looked like.
There was never a sequel to Crystal Castles, but Bentley Bear did make one more official appearance, as the best driver in Atari Kart for the Jaguar.
Here is Bentley Bear creator Franz Lanzinger talking about the making of Crystal Castles at the Game Developer’s Conference. Skip to 27:50 to see Franz give a live piano performance of the game’s soundtrack.
What do you do if you have an arcade game that doesn’t have a bear in it? Follow Bentley’s advice: deface it and turn it into the bear game it was born to be! Take that, Dig Dug.