Antarctic Adventure

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Antarctic Adventure
Cover for the Family Computer version
Cover art for Antarctic Adventure (Family Computer version)
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Platform(s)
Release date(s) MSX
  • JP December 1983
  • EU 1984
ColecoVision Family Computer
  • JP April 22, 1985
Virtual Console
Wii
  • JP August 7, 2007
  • KR April 26, 2008
3DS
  • JP August 21, 2013
Wii U
  • JP June 19, 2014
Genre(s) Racing, Platformer
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer (alternating)
Distribution Cartridge

Antarctic Adventure (けっきょく南極大冒険 Kekkyoku Nankyoku Daibōken?) is a video game developed by Konami in 1983 for the MSX, and later for video game consoles, such as the Family Computer and the ColecoVision. The player takes the role of an Antarctic penguin, racing to disparate research stations owned by different countries in Antarctica (excluding the USSR).

The gameplay is similar to Sega's Turbo, but plays at a much slower pace, and features platform game elements. The penguin, later named Penta, must reach the next station before time runs out while avoiding sea lions and breaks in the ice. Throughout the levels, fish jump out of ice holes and can be caught for bonus points. The game, like many early video games, has no ending – when the player reaches the last station, the game starts from the first level again, but with increased difficulty.

Legacy[edit]

Antarctic Adventure was followed by a sequel for the MSX computer in 1986, entitled Penguin Adventure. In addition, the penguin character Penta, and his son Pentarou[1] became a mascot for Konami through the 1980s. They have made appearances in over 10 games. Of particularly note are his appearances in the Parodius series of shoot 'em up games.

Pentarou was appeared in the Medal Games like, Tsurikko Penta, and the part of mobile titled Konami Taisen Colosseum series.

A screen from this game can briefly be seen in the introduction of Gradius ReBirth, released in 2008 for the Wii Virtual Console and in 2014 for the Wii U Virtual Console.

There was rumored to be a coin operated arcade version released by Konami in 1984, but the existence of an actual example has yet to be confirmed.

In 1990, Konami released only in Japan a handheld electronic game of Antarctic Adventure, although it is usually listed as South Pole (a more literal translation of the Japanese title).[2][3]

Tsurikko Penta
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Series Antarctic Adventure
Platform(s) Arcade (medal game)
Release date(s) 1991
Genre(s) Fishing
Mode(s) Single player
Super Fisherman Penta
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Series Antarctic Adventure
Platform(s) Arcade (redemption game)
Release date(s) 1995
Genre(s) Fishing
Balloon Penta
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Series Antarctic Adventure
Platform(s) Arcade (redemption game)
Release date(s) 1996
Genre(s) Balloon
Imo Hori Penta
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Series Antarctic Adventure
Platform(s) Arcade (medal game)
Release date(s) 1997
Hie Hie Penta: Ice Cream Catcher
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Series Antarctic Adventure
Platform(s) Arcade (Merchandiser)
Release date(s) 2001
Kekkyokunankyokudaibōken Taisen-ban
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Series Antarctic Adventure/Konami Taisen Colosseum
Platform(s) Mobile Phone
Release date(s) May 6, 2003
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single player
Penta no Tsuri Bōken
Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Konami
Series Antarctic Adventure
Platform(s) Mobile Phone
Release date(s) May 7, 2003
Genre(s) Fishing
Mode(s) Single player

In other games, Pentarou makes a fisherman.

Trivia[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New International Track and Field | Press Release". MCV. Retrieved October 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ South Pole at Handheld Empire
  3. ^ South Pole at Handheld Museum

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