Spot: The Video Game

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Spot: The Video Game
Spot: The Video Game
Cover art (NES)
Developer(s) Virgin Mastertronic
Publisher(s) Virgin Mastertronic
Designer(s) Graeme Devine
Artist(s) Robert Stein III
Composer(s) Ken Hedgecock
Platform(s) Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Game Boy, Nintendo Entertainment System
Release date(s) 1990
Genre(s) Abstract strategy game
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution Cartridge

Spot: The Video Game is a video game developed and produced by Virgin Mastertronic in 1990/1991 for the Amiga, Atari ST, DOS computers, Game Boy and NES. It is the first video game to feature the then current 7 Up mascot "Spot", and was later followed up by platformers Cool Spot and Spot Goes To Hollywood. Gameplay is similar to the board game "Reversi" and the videogame "Ataxx".

Initially the Amiga and Atari ST versions of the game were known as Infection, and were due to be released as budget titles. When the license was added the price increased, however the non-branded Infection version of the game was released by developer Gary Dunne as freeware in 1994.[1]

Graeme Devine recalled that the NES version was created "over six weeks with no development hardware or software".[2]

For a limited time, a mail-in promotion was offered to purchase the NES version for $24.99, along with four labels from specially marked 7up bottles.

Gameplay[edit]

While the gameplay is similar to "Reversi", Spot: The Video Game offered an animated approach to moving the pieces. Depending on the proximity and direction of the move, the Spot character would appear as the moving piece and do a dance, roller skate, cart wheel, dive, fall backwards, etc. to the destination location. The player wishing to move would first select the piece they desired to move, followed by selecting the destination location.

The NES version allowed up to four players, each designated by a specific color. Human players would hand off controllers so all members could make their moves when their turn arose.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spot: The Video Game at MobyGames
  2. ^ "A Moment With... Graeme Devine". Retro Gamer (122) (Imagine Publishing). December 2013. p. 30. 

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