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Spot

MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
...
4.5
Atari ST
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4.5
DOS
...
4.5
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Description

A puzzle game loosely featuring licensing from the 7Up soft drink. The gameplay involves up to 4 players, which can be either human or computer, each taking on spots of a particular colour. Starting from opposite corners, they take it in turns to move, either by 'reproducing' one of their spots to form another one in an adjacent square, or by making a jump, losing the square you did have but taking one two spaces away.

When a piece lands next to one of another colour, that piece changes colour into that of their opponent. The winner of each round is either the last player with any pieces left, or the player who has the most pieces left when the level is full.

Screenshots

Spot Atari ST Publisher / developer logo
Spot NES Creating your own level.
Spot DOS Edit board (VGA)
Spot Atari ST Credits

Alternate Titles

  • "Spot: The Video Game" -- Game Boy tag-lined title
  • "Spot: The Computer Game" -- DOS tag-lined title
  • "Infection" -- Working title

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The Press Says

The One Amiga Oct, 1989 89 out of 100 89
The One Atari ST Oct, 1989 89 out of 100 89
All Game Guide NES 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Dec, 1989 9.4 out of 12 78
Power Play DOS Dec, 1990 77 out of 100 77
PC Joker DOS Dec, 1991 68 out of 100 68
Nintendo Power Magazine Game Boy May, 1991 3.3 out of 5 66
Power Play Game Boy Feb, 1993 65 out of 100 65
VideoGame NES Jan, 1992 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

Development

The game design was originally devised to be released for £4.99 on Amiga and ST, for the '16 Blitz' budget range. However, the license was added, the presentation modified, and the price tag multiplied. In 1994 Gary Dunne released (as freeware) his own interpretation of the original design, as Infection.
Contributed to by Apogee IV (2336), Martin Smith (63134) and Steven Don (53)