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You're playing a small ant that is willing to help a friend in a rather inconvenient situation. Apparently, the Quavers mascot Colin Curly likes his Quavers so much he lost balance and dropped them down a giant ant-hill. It's now your job to go in, in a mission to solve puzzles and retrieve the snacks for your friend.

Now, this ant-hill is a bit different from the ones you saw, and especially from the one you live in. Its path is filled with domino-like tiles and closed gates that must get through to find the snacks. You'll have to traverse different themed worlds in order to retrieve Colin's precious Quavers.

The main game consists in controlling the ant from a standard third-person platformer perspective and moving dominoes to place them in a well imagined line, so that when you push the correct one, all of them fall with a specifically marked tile falling last. The door will otherwise stay shut and you will be unable to progress. In addition to that, your ant can't fall from too high or it will die and make you restart the level.

Every domino tile has its own marking. For example, yellow ones are the ones you simply push in a direction so they push the one next to them, most often in a chain reaction. Red ones, on the contrary, can't be pushed at all (but can be moved) and tiles that hit it will fall back in the opposite direction. Other types of tiles include one that explodes when being pushed or hit by another tile, clearing the way for other tiles; one that keeps moving ahead until it hits another tile; one that creates a bridge over a gap; or one that moves straight up and stick to the ceiling, pushing a tile next to it.

Each level is timed and requires quick thinking in order to be completed successfully. Upon completion of a level, the player is given a password that can be used to resume the game at the level they last left off.

The SNES version doesn't have the Quavers branding and involves retrieving drops of cash for a rat character instead.


Push-Over SNES First level
Push-Over SNES Removing a Stopper
Push-Over SNES Done another level
Push-Over SNES Title screen / Main menu.

Promo Images

Push-Over Screenshot
Push-Over Screenshot
Push-Over Screenshot
Push-Over Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "This game is no... Push-Over" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Pushover" -- Amiga / DOS in-game title

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Critic Reviews Nov, 2004 10 out of 10 100
Retro Archives Jul 13, 2017 17 out of 20 85
Video Games Feb, 1993 83 out of 100 83
Power Play Feb, 1993 82 out of 100 82
Play Time 1993 81 out of 100 81
All Game Guide 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Nintendo Magazine System UK Jan, 1993 78 out of 100 78
Play Time Feb, 1993 76 out of 100 76
Entertainment Weekly Apr 02, 1993 B- 67 Sep 28, 2012 13 out of 20 65


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Pushover, along with its sequel, One Step Beyond, were both sponsored by Quavers, a popular British snack food. Quavers' former mascot, Colin Curly, is featured in both games (in the intro for Pushover, and as the main character in One Step Beyond).

Version differences

The SNES version completely lacks any reference to Quavers or Colin Curly - replacing them instead with bags of money, and a new character named Captain Rat, respectively.


  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1993 – #3 Best Strategical of 1992 (Readers' Vote)
  • PC Games (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1993– #3 Best Strategy Game in 1992
  • ST Format
    • January 1993 (issue #42) - #15 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list

Simon Wingate (36) added Push-Over (SNES) on Jan 02, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Rik Hideto (390741), Foxhack (30916), Martin Smith (75095) and MAT (222176)