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Muncher

Muncher
Muncher

SystemVIC-20
Cassette1

Video Wizard

VIC-20

Release Date: 1/1/1982
Manufacturer: Video Wizard
 
Donated By: Gregory William Crowell
 
With a name like Muncher you might think this is a Pac-Man clone, but it's not! It's actually a Centipede clone. The enchanted flower garden is in the lair of the honey hungry "munchers". Only three defender bees stand between an onslaught of the dreaded munchers and the royal honey.

Written by Ray Mitchell


User Comments
Ray Mitchell on Monday, February 09, 2015
Hi--I'm the author of the "Muncher" game. I am delighted to see it posted here. The game started off a cross between the "blue Meanies" video game and space invaders(ish). Late into the negotiations, the Video Wizards Company asked if I had objections to changing the game concept... I thought it was a cohesive game concept, and it was changed into what you see today. It was programmed with a mix of 6502 machine and Basic code. The game's popularity was that it had an attraction mode, and it was displayed the most because of that reason (other games didn't have that mode.) I suspect it wasn't always possible to shoehorn everything within 3K of memory: logic, sound, and graphics... Unless you were involved in the day with these machines, it's hard to appreciate the difficulty developers faced. Thanks for posting, and keep playing --- BTW you get a free Bee every 3000 points, but the Mucher gets meaner... cheers
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