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Q*bert

MobyRank MobyScore
TI-99/4A
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4.0
SG-1000
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ColecoVision
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Description

Q*bert is a popular arcade game. The goal is to change all of the tiles on a pyramid to the target color. To do this you guide Q*bert around the pyramid, and every tile he hops on will change color. 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. 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.

Screenshots

Q*bert Atari 5200 Watch out for red ball and purple ball
Q*bert Atari 8-bit Title screen and main menu
Q*bert Arcade Got me.
Q*bert Odyssey 2 Jump!

Alternate Titles

  • "Snots and Boogers" -- Working title
  • "Q*bert for Game Boy" -- Game Boy title
  • "Gottlieb's Q*bert" -- Intellivision in-game title
  • "Cubert" -- Working title
  • "Qバート" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

An excellent conversion with somewhat troublesome controls Commodore 64 Servo (55779)
Beautiful little game...though I don't remember was it on Atari or DOS? Atari 2600 Indra is here (19837)
Very good conversion. Too bad voices are not included Commodore 64 *Katakis* (37847)

The Press Says

Digital Press - Classic Video Games ColecoVision Jan 29, 2007 9.5 out of 10 95
The Video Game Critic Odyssey 2 Jul 06, 2001 A- 91
Atari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition Atari 8-bit Dec, 2013 8 out of 10 80
Le Geek ColecoVision Jan, 2005 4 out of 5 80
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Jun 17, 1999 B 75
The Video Game Critic Intellivision May 18, 2001 B 75
The Video Game Critic Atari 5200 Nov 04, 2001 B 75
Power Play Game Boy May, 1992 68 out of 100 68
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) NES Jul, 1989 18 out of 40 45
Consoles Plus Game Boy Apr, 1992 29 out of 100 29

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Q*Bert appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Board game adaption

In 1983 a board game adaptation of Q*bert was released, challenging one player to activate as many pyramid tiles as die rolls permit while a second player directs the movements of his antagonists.

Cancelled versions

  • A Famicom version of Q*Bert was announced, but cancelled.
  • Six months after release, Davis developed a update called Faster Harder More Challenging Q*bert which ramped up the difficulty because he felt the original became too easy. It was not released because it was seen as too similar and too near to the first version. Sometime in the 1990s he released for free through the MAME emulator.

References to the game

  • Q*bert is referenced in the Futurama episode Anthology of Interest II. The episode consists of three shorts; one of which involves Fry asking the "what-if" machine "what if life was more like a video game." Q*bert is one of the aliens that invades Earth. He comes out of one of the Invaders.
  • Q*bert is referenced in a flashback in a Family Guy episode. Stewie first says that a certain incident was worse than being Q*bert's roommate, where it then cuts to Stewie laying in the middle of the pyramid asleep with Q*bert jumping down turning on the tiles. Stewie then wakes up and says "It's all night with the lights, listen if you're gonna keep this up I'm not splitting the electric bill".
  • A Q*bert arcade machine is seen in Ghostbusters: The Video Game on the second floor of the firehouse. Sadly, the game is not playable.

TV Cartoon

Q*Bert was popular enough to have a Saturday morning TV cartoon based on it in the early 1980's.

Information also contributed by Big John WV,gamewarrior,Marguerite Richardson, and Pseudo_Intellectual

Related Web Sites

  • History of Q*Bert (Jeff Lee recalls the process of how Q*Bert came about.)
  • Q*bert (A good article about the original Q*bert arcade game and its various system ports)
  • Q*Bert Manual (The manual for the Atari 5200 is reproduced here.)
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