Molar Maul

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Molar Maul
Developer(s) John Gibson
Publisher(s) Imagine Software
Designer(s) John Gibson
Platform(s) ZX Spectrum
Release 1983
Genre(s) Arcade

Molar Maul is an arcade video game released for the ZX Spectrum. It was created in 1983 for Imagine Software[1]).

The game[edit]

In the game you have to clean teeth in an arcade-style.[2]

The playing area consists of a stylised open mouth, with teeth above and below, and a tube of toothpaste in the middle of the screen. The player controls a small toothbrush, which is loaded with toothpaste from the tube.

A number of small creatures, collectively known as "DK" (a pun on "decay"), fly around the mouth and attack teeth at random. Teeth are initially white, but change to progressively darker colours as they are attacked. If a tooth turns black it is lost. DKs are killed by contact with a loaded toothbrush, which also lightens non-black teeth.

As the game progresses, sweets appear and introduce ever-larger numbers of DK. The game ends when all the teeth are destroyed.


The game was developed in just four weeks by John Gibson.[3]


  1. ^ Entry at WoS
  2. ^ Review Archived 2010-06-20 at the Wayback Machine. at
  3. ^ [Retro Gamer] magazine, issue 72, pages 74-79