Electrician (video game)

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Electrician
Electrician Coverart.png
Developer(s) Synapse Software
Publisher(s) Synapse Software
Kemco
Designer(s) David Bunch
Platform(s) Atari 8-bit (original)
Famicom Disk System
Release date(s)
  • JP: 26 December 1986 (1986-12-26)
  • NA: 1984
Genre(s) Platform game
Mode(s) Single-player

Electrician is a platform game written by David Bunchfor the Atari 8-bit family and published by Synapse Software in 1984.[1] Synapse sold the game as a "Double Play," with the full game New York City on one side of the floppy disk and Electrician on the other.[2] Kemco adapted the game for the Family Computer Disk System, and republished it in 1986.[citation needed]

Bunch later co-designed the 1988 game Skate or Die!.[1]

Gameplay[edit]

The player character is an electrician named Richard Light. He must install electrical wiring in apartment buildings. In each building, Richard navigates service corridors to link the electrical wires between each room, As he does so, animals threaten to chew through the wires. When an electrical connection is complete, the live wires illuminate the connected rooms and electrocute the animals on contact. If Richard touches any of the rats, bats, or giant insects in the corridor, he loses a life. In the buildings, the player earns points by illuminating rooms and electrocuting any rats, bats, and insects. Occasionally, a burglar appears; intercepting him rewards the player with bonus points and an extra life.

After wiring all the rooms in an apartment building, the player exits and navigates a dark sewer to the next building. In the sewer, the player must avoid alligators. A flashlight reveals walls that block passages.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Giant List of Classic Game Programmers". dadgum.com. 
  2. ^ Powell, Jack (July 1985). "Eight New Synapse Games". Antic. 4 (3).