Plaque Attack

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Plaque Attack
Plaque Attack
Screen shot
Designer(s)Steve Cartwright[2]
Platform(s)Atari 2600[1]
Mode(s)1-2 players alternating

Plaque Attack is a 1983 video game for the Atari 2600 that was made by Activision. The player must shoot food to protect teeth inside a person's mouth. Steve Cartwright, who designed the game, said that game was meant to help people develop good dental habits.[citation needed]


In this game, the player is a tube of toothpaste, defending teeth against various types of food, such as hamburgers and french fries. The objective is to fire toothpaste at food intent on destroying the teeth. If the food touches a tooth, it begins breaking down the tooth. If the player is fast enough to shoot the piece of food as soon as it starts breaking down the tooth the player will be able to save the tooth. If not, the tooth will decay and disappears from the screen. The food comes in waves, and the movements become more complicated. Destroying the food scores points, as does the number of teeth left at the end of each wave, and the amount of toothpaste

After a certain amount of points is scored, users gain bonus teeth. Bonus teeth are applied at the end of each wave. If all eight teeth are still present, the additional teeth will be placed on the sides of the mouth. Otherwise the teeth will replace any teeth lost. Play continues until all the teeth are gone, at which point the game is over.

The No Plaque Patch[edit]

Plaque Attack's reward patch

Plaque Attack players who scored more than 35,000 points could send a screenshot of their accomplishment to Activision, which would send a promotional patch and congratulatory letter to the player.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Release information". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2008-08-19.
  2. ^ Hague, James. "The Giant List of Classic Game Programmers".