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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 wandering 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.


Q*bert Arcade Title Screen.
Q*bert ColecoVision Running from the snake...
Q*bert Odyssey 2 Here comes the snake
Q*bert NES Lookout, many creatures are after Q*Bert!

Promo Images

Q*bert Magazine Advertisement Page 5


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 (57355)
Beautiful little game...though I don't remember was it on Atari or DOS? Atari 2600 Indra was here (20851)
A faithful conversion of the arcade game, minus some good features Commodore 64 Katakis | カタキス (42880)

Critic Reviews

Info Commodore 64 Dec, 1983 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The Video Game Critic Odyssey 2 Jul 06, 2001 A- 91
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 May 25, 2009 B 75
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Game Boy Apr, 1992 8 out of 12 67
Micro 7 TI-99/4A Feb, 1984 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
Allt om hemdatorer Atari 2600 Dec, 1983 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
Video Chums PlayStation 3 Nov 02, 2014 4.8 out of 10 48
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) NES Jul, 1989 18 out of 40 45
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Arcade Apr, 1983 Unscored Unscored
Happy Computer Atari 2600 Jan, 1984 Unscored Unscored


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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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