Turtles (video game)

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Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) Stern/Sega
Platform(s) Arcade, Adventure Vision, Magnavox Odyssey², Arcadia 2001
Release date(s) 1981
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Turtles (also known as Turpin) is a 1981 arcade game. It was developed by Konami and published by Stern and Sega.[1] The game was then ported to the Magnavox Odyssey² and the Entex Adventure Vision in 1982.[2][3] The game also inspired a clone, 600.[4]


Turtles is a maze game where the player is a turtle trying to bring baby turtles (called "kidturtles") to their homes while avoiding beetles. Scattered throughout the maze are boxes with question marks on them. When the player walks over a question mark, a baby turtle will crawl onto the main turtle's back, a house will appear at a random location on the map, and the player will have to bring the baby turtle to its house while avoiding beetles. Other times, however, beetles will come out of the boxes, which the player will have to quickly run away from. The player's only offensive move is the ability to drop "smart bombs" to temporarily stun the beetles. The player's smart bombs can be refilled by grabbing the smart bombs in the middle of the maze. However, unlike actual smart bombs, the player's bombs do not move and stay in a single place until a beetle runs over it. You have eight floors to deal with the beetles, then you'll go to the roof to get your baby turtles, after you go get them, you walk home with the rest of the baby turtles you collected. The game is endless.


The Odyssey² version of Turtles was well received, gaining a Certificate of Merit in the category of "1984 Best Arcade-to-Home Video Game/Computer Game Translation" at the 5th annual Arkie Awards.[5]:29


  1. ^ "Turtles Release Information for Arcade Games". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  2. ^ "Turtles - Overview". allgame. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  3. ^ "Turtles - Overview". allgame. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  4. ^ "600 - Overview". allgame. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  5. ^ Kunkel, Bill; Katz, Arnie (February 1984). "Arcade Alley: The 1984 Arcade Awards, Part II". Video (Reese Communications) 7 (11): 28–29. ISSN 0147-8907. 

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