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Collect all the phone pieces and give Elliot 7 pieces of candy. Then revive the flower. It will change into a Yar and fly away. Repeat this for the next round and the flower will change into Indy. Repeat this a third time and the initials HSW3 (for Howard Scott Warshaw – the 3 denotes this is his 3rd game) will appear. Actually, you don’t have to get all of the phone pieces for the trick to work. You only need to collect the H piece for the YAR, the S piece for Indy, and the W piece for the initials.
The phone pieces (while in the pit) are in fact the letters H, S, and W.
The initials of the graphic artist, Jerome M. Domurat, are hidden in the game as well. On game #1, give Elliot 1 candy. Then, whenever you both are on the 8-pit screen, the letters JD will appear on the top status bar.
It is rumored that Atari buried over 2 million unsold copies of E.T. in the New Mexico desert.
A promo box exists that was used as a prop for the commercial (see scans below). The E.T. picture in the middle of the box is glued on and the back of the box is completely blank, just plain silver. The rainbow bordering that wraps around the box is also glued on and the box is completely sealed shut but has something of weight in it, most probably a wooden block.