To do this you guide Q*bert around the pyramid, and every tile he hops on will change color.
Q*bert for Atari 2600 game description
On early levels, a single hop will change the tile to the desired color, but on later levels you may need to hop on a tile multiple times or even avoid hopping on a tile multiple times!
Trying to stop Q*bert are many different creatures which wander around the board, including Coily the snake, Slick and Sam, and falling balls.
Q*bert was well-received in arcades and among critics. The game was Gottlieb’s most successful video game and is among the most recognized brands from the golden age of arcade games. It has been ported to numerous platforms.
The game’s success resulted in sequels and the use of the character’s likeness in merchandising, such as appearances on lunch boxes, toys, and an animated television show.
The Q*bert character became known for his “swearing” – an incoherent phrase made of synthesized speech generated by the sound chip and a speech balloon of nonsensical characters that appear when he collides with an enemy.
On the edge of the board are floating discs; if Q*bert jumps on one of these discs when the snake is in pursuit, the snake will fall off the board while Q*bert is safely transported to the top.
The player is impeded by several enemies, introduced gradually to the game:
- Coily – Coily first appears as a purple egg that bounces to the bottom of the pyramid and then transforms into a snake that chases after Q*bert. He is often considered the main antagonist and Q*bert’s arch-nemesis.
- Ugg and Wrongway – Two purple creatures that hop along the sides of the cubes in an Escheresque manner. Starting at either the bottom left or bottom right corner, they keep moving toward the top right or top left side of the pyramid respectively and fall off the pyramid when they reach the end.
- Slick and Sam – Two green creatures that descend down the pyramid and revert cubes whose color has already been changed.
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