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Wriggler is one of the few games to set the player as a maggot. The objective is to negotiate the four stages of the Maggot Marathon. This involves trekking through a garden, a shrubbery, an underground lair, and finally a mansion.

Viewed form above, the game is maze-based, with many Atic Atac-style sections where the player can see other parts of the level on the same screen, but can't access them because the design of the maze puts something in the way. Graphics are quite large and chunky, reminiscent of Rapscallion's unusual visual design.

The maggot protagonist has an energy bar which decreases constantly, and contact with the ants, spiders and the rest of the sickly creatures reduces this further. Fortunately the "hero" can obtain apples, cherries, cups of tea, and other foodstuffs to recharge this. These can be eaten immediately or stored for later use; however, it is only possible to hold one object at a time. Many other items are needed to get past situations during the game, requiring the player to think ahead what to keep, to avoid too much backtracking through the 256 screens.


Wriggler ZX Spectrum Now that looks like a nasty customer
Wriggler Amstrad CPC Title screen
Wriggler ZX Spectrum Which I didn't
Wriggler ZX Spectrum And they're off!

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Crash! ZX Spectrum Apr, 1985 90 out of 100 90
Amtix! Amstrad CPC Feb, 1986 87 out of 100 87
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jun, 1985 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Retro Gamer ZX Spectrum Mar 31, 2009 Unscored Unscored


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