Blockade (video game)

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Blockade
Developer(s) Gremlin
Publisher(s) Sega-Gremlin
Platform(s) Arcade Game
Release date(s) 1976 (Arcade)
Genre(s) Maze
Mode(s) 2-player
Cabinet Horizontal
Arcade system Sega Blockade
CPU 8080
Sound Samples, Discrete
Display Raster, 256 x 224 pixels, 2 colors

Blockade is an arcade maze game developed and published by Gremlin in October 1976.[1][2] Using four directional buttons, each player moves their character around leaving a solid line behind them, turning at 90 degree angles. To win, a player must last longer than the opponent before hitting something, with the first person to hit something losing. The game ends after one player gains six wins.[3]

Legacy[edit]

Blockade was a success and helped popularize the maze-game genre.[4] Several similar Blockade-style games soon appeared, such as the Bally Astrocade game Checkmate in 1977,[5] Atari's Surround in 1978,[3] the 1978 TRS-80 computer game Worm,[6] and the Light Cycle game in 1982's Tron video game[7] This type of game became more popular on mobile phones later on as Snake in 1997.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blockade at GameFAQs
  2. ^ http://www.arcade-history.com/?n=blockade&page=detail&id=287
  3. ^ a b Blockade at the Killer List of Videogames
  4. ^ Rusel DeMaria & Johnny L. Wilson (2003). High score!: the illustrated history of electronic games (2 ed.). McGraw-Hill Professional. p. 24. ISBN 0-07-223172-6. Retrieved 2011-04-07. 
  5. ^ Rusel DeMaria & Johnny L. Wilson (2003). High score!: the illustrated history of electronic games (2 ed.). McGraw-Hill Professional. p. 48. ISBN 0-07-223172-6. Retrieved 2011-04-07. 
  6. ^ a b Gerard Goggin (2010), Global Mobile Media, Taylor & Francis, p. 101, ISBN 0-415-46917-1, retrieved 2011-04-07 
  7. ^ Blockade at Allgame