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Steamroller (ColecoVision)

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Description

Repair the potholes in the road. If a beach ball gets in the way, pop it! But beware of beach bombs!

You are driving around a continuously deteriorating road, where potholes are forming. You must drive over these potholes to repair them. Along the way, you can drive over beach balls to pop them for points. Don't let a pothole go too long because if it does, it will become a manhole. If a beach ball falls into a manhole, it will emerge as a beach bomb, that can damage you. In a two player game, knock your opponent into the bombs. In a one player game, avoid the other steamroller as it will kill you except for the last few seconds of the round. In that short time, hitting it will kill it.

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Steamroller ColecoVision Level complete
Steamroller ColecoVision Title screen
Steamroller ColecoVision Game start
Steamroller ColecoVision Rolling along...

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Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 10, 2003 10 out of 10 100

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Trivia

In 1984, David Rolfe began work on Steamroller at Cheshire Engineering for Activision Inc., although he knew it would not be released as the industry was crashing. Still, he wanted to finish the game as he feared that the industry would be gone after the console production runs were shut down. Mr. Rolfe worked to make sure the game was his best, fearing it would be his last. On July 24, 1984, Mr. Rolfe turned in the game to Activision Inc. and that was that. Fifteen years went by with nothing happening with the game but Mr. Rolfe noted that there was still an interest for the older consoles. So he dusted off the old magnetic media Steamroller was stored on to see if the game was as good as he remembered. It was so Mr. Rolfe contacted Activision Inc. to see if they would allow him to release the game on cartridge as a collectible item. They said yes so the game was released for sale at the 2000 Classic Gaming Expo. Mr. Rolfe attended himself and showed the game on a ColecoVision. He also autographed some copies while he was there.

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  • Steamroller at Retrotopia (Info about the game, its history, awards it has won, credits and about ordering the game and price.)
LepricahnsGold (68220) added Steamroller (ColecoVision) on Jun 15, 2007