Pengo (video game)

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Pengo
Pengo arcade flyer.jpg
Pengo arcade flyer
Developer(s) Coreland
Publisher(s) Sega
Designer(s) Nobuo Kodera, Tsutomu Iwane, Akira Nakakuma, Shinji Egi
Platform(s) Arcade (original)
Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit, C64, Game Gear
Release September 1982
Genre(s) Maze
Mode(s) One or two players, alternating play
Cabinet Upright
Arcade system CPU: Z80
Display Raster graphics, standard resolution 224 x 288 (Vertical)

Pengo (ペンゴ) is an arcade game developed by Coreland and published by Sega in 1982. The player controls Pengo, a red penguin that resides in the Antarctic. The game takes place in an overhead maze made of ice blocks, where Pengo fights the trolling, blob-like Sno-Bees. The objective of the game is for Pengo to survive a series of rounds by eliminating all Sno-Bees, while amassing bonuses by bringing together the three diamonds dispersed in the maze.

There are two versions of the arcade game, each with different music. The first uses "Popcorn" as the theme, and the second has original music. There are other small differences as well.[1]

A Japan-only sequel, titled Pepenga Pengo, was released in 1995 for the Sega Mega Drive.

Pengo was ported to the Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit family, Commodore 64, and Sega Game Gear.

Gameplay[edit]

The player uses a four-position joystick and a single button to control Pengo, a penguin character. Pressing the button while pushing the joystick against an ice block will cause it to slide in that direction until it hits another block or a wall, if the space directly ahead of it is unoccupied by a block or wall. If that space is occupied, pressing the button will crush the block instead.

The goal is to destroy every Sno-Bee on the board by one of three methods:

  • Sliding ice blocks to crush them
  • Crushing blocks that contain unhatched Sno-Bee eggs
  • Running over them after stunning them at a wall

At the start of each round, a certain number of eggs hatch into Sno-Bees, while other blocks flash to indicate that they contain eggs. As the player destroys active Sno-Bees, new ones hatch from the eggs to replace them. Crushing multiple Sno-Bees with one block awards extra points. The Sno-Bees can crush blocks in an attempt to reach Pengo. Pushing against a wall causes it to vibrate and temporarily stuns any Sno-Bees in contact with it; the player may then crush them with a block or simply run over them to destroy them. Contact with a Sno-Bee costs the player one life.

Three blocks in each round are marked with diamonds and cannot be crushed. Arranging these blocks in a continuous horizontal or vertical line awards bonus points and temporarily stuns every active Sno-Bee. If the player eliminates every Sno-Bee in less than 60 seconds, bonus points are awarded based on the time taken.

The rounds have 2 minutes limit of continuous gameplay (while player is not dead). If this limit is reached, all Sno-bees enter into escape-mode. The music accelerate after the number of Sno-bees is below 1/4 of initial number of Sno-bees. When one Sno-bee remains, it escape after 12 seconds. When the number of remains Sno-bees is 3 or 4, and you kill all but one, this escape immediately (if round have 12 seconds or more).

The game includes a total of 16 rounds. After every second round, one of six intermission animations is displayed.

Legacy[edit]

In 1982 and 1983 Bandai Electronics created two[2][3] official SEGA licensed handheld games featuring Pengo. The first was an LCD pocket game, the second a VFD table top version. In 1995 a brand new game called Pepenga Pengo was released for the Sega Mega Drive only in Japan.

In 2010 a location test for the wide screen remake was announced in arcades, which features eight player multiplay.[4][5] A second location test took place at Sega Shinjuku Nishiguchi in May 2012.[6] During the 3rd location test at Club Sega Akihabara Shinkan between 2012-07-14 and 2012-07-16 as part of the 4-game compilation title named 'Ge-sen Love. ~Plus Pengo!~' (ゲーセンラブ。~プラス ペンゴ!~),[7] where the game was made available as a download by RINGEDGE2 machines through Sega's new ALL.NET P-ras Multi game network,[8][9] and was later released on 2012-09-20.[10] The compilation title is included with the Xbox 360 game 'Ge-sen Love. ~Plus Pengo!~'.[11][12][13]

Contemporary Pengo clones include Pengi for the BBC Micro and Acorn Electron, Percy Penguin for the Commodore 64, Block Buster for the VIC-20, Chilly Willy for the Microbee,[14] Pengon for the Atari 8-bit family,[15] Pengy for the Atari ST,[16] and Freez'Bees for the ZX Spectrum.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pengo High Score Save & Enhancement Pack". Arcadeshop.com. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  2. ^ Jaro Gielens. "Electronic Plastic: a museum of handheld and tabletop games from the 1970s and 1980s". Handhelden.com. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  3. ^ Jaro Gielens. "Electronic Plastic: a museum of handheld and tabletop games from the 1970s and 1980s". Handhelden.com. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  4. ^ "‘˝?l?"ƒvƒŒƒC‚މÂ"\‚É‚Č‚Á‚˝ wƒyƒ"ƒS I x‚Ěƒ ƒfƒBƒA‘Î?R?í‚ŞŠJ?Ă - ƒtƒ@ƒ~’Ę.com". Famitsu.com. 2010-07-30. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  5. ^ "Five New Arcade Games To Get Excited About". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  6. ^ "ロケテスト - シューティングラブログ。". Triangleservice.co.jp. 1999-02-22. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  7. ^ "ロケテ - シューティングラブログ。". Triangleservice.co.jp. 1999-02-22. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  8. ^ Am-show.sega.jp Archived July 16, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "3 Newsfeeds For The Price Of 1: Sega launches ALL.NET+ Multi, Fantastic Arcade, Midway Classics". Arcade Heroes. 2012-09-24. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  10. ^ "ゲーセンラブ。〜プラス ペンゴ!〜[ARCADE]". 4Gamer.net. 2012-09-20. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  11. ^ "祝、Xbox 360版『ゲーセンラブ。~プラス ペンゴ!』移植決定! 藤野社長×石井ぜんじ特別対談! - ファミ通.com". Famitsu.com. 2014-01-20. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  12. ^ "Game Center Love Plus Pengo Will Test Your Arcade Skills". Siliconera. 2014-01-02. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  13. ^ "Xbox 360『ゲーセンラブ。~プラス ペンゴ!~』発売! | トライアングル・サービス". 124.146.199.138. Retrieved 2015-04-30. 
  14. ^ Passfield, John. "My Games". Passfield Games. 
  15. ^ "Pengon". Atari Mania. 
  16. ^ "Atari ST Pengy". Atari Mania. 
  17. ^ "Freez'Bees". World of Spectrum. 

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