Blockade (video game)

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Blockade
Developer(s) Gremlin
Publisher(s) Sega
Release date(s) October 1976
Genre(s) Maze
Mode(s) 2-player
Cabinet Horizontal
Arcade system Sega Blockade
CPU Intel 8080 (@2.079 Mhz)
Sound Samples, Discrete
Display Raster, 256 x 224 pixels, 2 colors

Blockade is a black and white arcade maze game developed by Gremlin and published by Sega in October 1976.[1] 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.[2]

Blockade was the first of what have become known as snake games.

Legacy[edit]

Several Blockade-style games appeared soon after its release, such as the Bally Astrocade game Checkmate in 1977,[3] Atari's Surround in 1978,[2] and the 1978 TRS-80 computer game Worm.[4]

Though Blockade did not reference snakes or worms, many variants were themed as such, including Nibbler and Snake Byte, both from 1982. The 1997 Nokia mobile phone version is simply called Snake.[4]

Midway's Tron (1982) included a single-player variant of the Blockade concept, with one line-drawing cycle being AI controlled. This led to Blockade-style games sometimes being called Tron or light cycles.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.arcade-history.com/?n=blockade&page=detail&id=287
  2. ^ a b Blockade at the Killer List of Videogames
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ a b Gerard Goggin (2010), Global Mobile Media, Taylor & Francis, p. 101, ISBN 0-415-46917-1, retrieved 2011-04-07