Zapper: One Wicked Cricket

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Zapper: One Wicked Cricket
Zapper One Wicked Cricket.jpg
PAL region PlayStation 2 cover art
Developer(s)Blitz Games
(PS2, NGC, Xbox, PC)
Atomic Planet Entertainment (Game Boy Advance)
Director(s)Darren Wood
Producer(s)Team Antics
Designer(s)Paul Jennings
Russ Earwaker
Jon Eckersley
Programmer(s)Steve Bond
Richard Hackett
Matthew Hampton
Artist(s)Dean Atkin
James Childs
Sandro Da Cruz
Composer(s)John Guscott
Matt Black
Gerard Gourley
Platform(s)Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Game Boy Advance, GameCube

Zapper: One Wicked Cricket is a platform game for the Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance and PC. The game was developed by Blitz Games and published by Infogrames. Zapper was released in North America in 2002 and 2003 in Europe. On November 17, 2008, Zapper became available on Xbox Live as part of the Xbox Originals range.[1]


During a squabble over television, Zapper tries to use his brother, Zipper (a grub,) as a substitute TV antenna. Zipper is snatched away by an infamous thieving magpie, Maggie, who leaves an egg at the scene of the crime. Unfortunately, much to his dismay, Zapper sets off and determines to rescue his brother and turn Maggie into a jailbird. At the end of the game, Zapper gets Zipper back after defeating Maggie, and finally sets him up as a substitute TV antenna, just in time to watch TV by himself.


The player's aim is to traverse over eighteen levels as Zapper the cricket. Along the way the player must collect six eggs in each level. The player can jump or zap through the levels. If Zapper touches an enemy or falls into an environmental hazard, Zapper will lose his life and will respawn at the last collected egg checkpoint. Zapper has turn-based enemy movements, but the gameplay is similar to Frogger, which instead has vehicles moving independently. It is described in the GameSpot review as "basically just Frogger without the license".[2]


Aggregate score
GameRankings60.39% (GBA)[3]
Review score
GameSpot6.6/10 (Xbox, PS2)[4]

Zapper received average scores from reviewers, with GameRankings listing its average review score from a variety of sources being between 56 and 59.5%.


  1. ^ "Kotaku".
  2. ^ "GameSpot review".
  3. ^ "Zapper: One wicked cricket for GBA - GameRankings". GameRankings. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  4. ^ Ryan Davis (November 11, 2002). "Zapper Review - Gamespot". Retrieved August 6, 2015.

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