Tape Worm (Atari 2600)

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You are Slinky the tapeworm. You must move about the bean patch, eating beans. Each time you eat a bean, you grow longer and the bean count goes down by one.

Beans appear randomly in the patch and you must eat them before the beetle at the bottom get from left to right to get the count down to zero. If the beetle gets to the right before you get the bean, two more beans will appear in the patch and two more beans are added to the count.

At times, Beeky the bird or Spanky the spider will pass through the bean patch. In later levels, an obstacle will appear in the middle of the patch.

You lose a life if you touch your head (yellow square) to the obstacle or the sides of the patch, touch your head to your body, or Spanky or Beeky touch your head (eat you).

The third patch is night. When you get a bean, you can see the patch for two seconds. If you need more looks, you can press the fire button for another two seconds of light but it costs you a bean.

The levels and their point values are:
Apple (5 points per bean, 50 points for the apple)
Orange (10 points per bean, 100 points for the orange)
Grape (15 points per bean, 150 points for the grapes)
Strawberry (20 points per bean, 200 points for the strawberry)
Banana (25 points per bean, 250 points for the banana)

You get a bonus worm every 1,000 points. You can have up to 4 worms in reserve.


Tape Worm Atari 2600 Level 3 (grapes). It is dark.
Tape Worm Atari 2600 I was hit be Beeky before I could get the bean on the right
Tape Worm Atari 2600 I got the apple
Tape Worm Atari 2600 Watch out for Beeky!

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  • "Tapeworm" -- Alternate Spelling

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Critic Reviews

TeleMatch Mar, 1983 3 out of 6 60
Woodgrain Wonderland Jun 26, 2018 C+ 58
The Video Game Critic Dec 23, 2001 C 50
Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Apr, 1983 2 out of 4 50
Atari HQ 2000 4 out of 10 40


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LepricahnsGold (128281) added Tape Worm (Atari 2600) on Jun 26, 2006