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Lady Bug

Genre
Perspective
Theme
MobyRank MobyScore
Arcade
...
3.4
Atari 2600
...
3.8
ColecoVision
...
4.1
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Description

An action game in the same style as Pac-Man but very very different. Players control a ladybug who must venture around different mazes collecting all of the food pellet "x"'s. In addition to there being regular lines of wall in the maze, there are also several rotating doors that can be used to trap enemies and escape. In fact these rotating doors are the key to survival in this game. In the center of each maze is a different enemy insect hive that will spawn out enemy creatures. An new enemy creature is spawned every time the border around the screen makes a complete "lap". Timers for the border vary upon the level, so later levels will generate new enemies faster, thus progression through the game brings smarter, faster and more quickly spawning enemies.

In addition to the collection of X's, each maze also contains a variety of powerups that come in three types: Poison, Letters and Hearts. Poison is deadly both to the player and the enemy. If the player is able to lure and enemy creature into a poison powerup, it will die and be removed from gameplay. Letters and hearts are powerups with multiple conditions: Collected at the right time they will add letters that will eventually spell words providing bonuses. However collected during the the improper time will only earn the player a few points. For most of the gameplay the colour of all powerups (except skulls which are unaffected) will be blue. But every few seconds it will cycle through yellow and then red colours. Grabbing a letter when flashing the colour will add it to that colour's word. The red word is "SPECIAL" and the yellow word is "EXTRA". Spelling the word, EXTRA gains the player an extra life, and spelling the word, SPECIAL brings the player to a special bonus round.

Hearts are best used as blue powerups as they will act as multipliers for the X's being picked up, first as 2x, then as 3x and finally as 5x. Multipliers are lost when the player dies, but letter powerups are not.

Screenshots

Lady Bug ColecoVision Munching on X's...
Lady Bug Arcade Game Over
Lady Bug Intellivision Title screen
Lady Bug Atari 2600 Enemy bugs come out from the center, one at a time.

Alternate Titles

  • "Papa Tudo" -- Brazilian Title

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The Press Says

TeleMatch ColecoVision Jul, 1983 1 out of 6 100
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Jan 20, 2007 A- 91
ReVival Atari 2600 Oct, 2009 9 out of 10 90
The Atari Times Atari 2600 Mar 17, 2008 90 out of 100 90
Retrogaming History Atari 2600 Nov 08, 2010 9 out of 10 90
All Game Guide ColecoVision 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games ColecoVision Dec 10, 2003 8 out of 10 80
The Video Game Critic ColecoVision Mar 06, 2002 B- 67
All Game Guide Intellivision 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Atari 2600 Dec 10, 2003 3 out of 10 30

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Trivia

Atari 2600 version

An Atari 2600 version of Lady Bug was featured in Coleco's 1982 catalogue, but was never released, neither has a prototype has surfaced since then. However, the game was independently ported by John W. Champeau in 2006 as a so-called "homebrew" cartridge.

Related Web Sites

  • LadyBug 2k6 (A Windows remake made for the 2006 Retro Remakes Competition.)
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