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Gridrunner (Commodore 64)

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Description

This is an arcade game in the style of Centipede. You control a ship, at the bottom of a grid. Moving toward you in a zig-zag is a chain of pods. The object is to shoot them before they get the ship. As the pods are shot, the dead pod remains on the screen, as a blocker to your bullets. The live pods on either side form two new chains, both moving toward you.

Further complicating the game are two guns outside the grid, shooting at your ship from beneath and from your left side. You are able to move into the grid, toward the pod-chain, to avoid the guns. The combination puts pressure on you, from front, back and the side.

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Gridrunner Commodore 64 If you hit the pod-chain in the middle, it splits into two chains.
Gridrunner Commodore 64 The game is controlled by joystick.
Gridrunner Commodore 64 As you shoot and move, you are also being shot at from below (see squiggle line to left of ship) and from the left side.
Gridrunner Commodore 64 You don't have to stay on the bottom. Sometime moving will help you escape the left-side gun.  Here the ship has moved away from the bottom, into the grid toward the pod-chain.

Alternate Titles

  • "Super Grid Runner" -- Amiga title
  • "Super Gridrunner" -- Atari ST budget title
  • "Grid Runner" -- Alternate spelling

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Jacqke (966) added Gridrunner (Commodore 64) on Jul 17, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (122973) and Martin Smith (63134)