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Nibbler (Olympia)


Nibbler (c) 12/1982 Rock-ola.


- TECHNICAL -


Main CPU : M6502 (@ 930 Khz)

Sound Chips : Custom (@ 930 Khz), SN76477 (@ 930 Khz)


Screen orientation : Vertical

Video resolution : 224 x 256 pixels

Screen refresh : 61.25 Hz

Palette colors : 64


Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick


- TRIVIA -


This is the first game to support a billion point score.


Rock-ola offered a free Nibbler machine to the first player to turn the game over by scoring a billion points. The early favorite was Tom Asaki, who came close but failed in attempts at Twin Galaxies arcade in Ottumwa IA (once when the joystick broke after he scored 793 million points). Tim McVey finally broke the billion-point barrier (he holds the official record for this game with 1,000,042,270 points) after six unsuccessful attempts (he passed out after one of them) and January 28 1984 was declared Tim McVey day in Ottumwa.


- SCORING -


Food Item : 10 points x level.

Time Bonus : 10 points per remaing on clock x level.


- TIPS AND TRICKS -


* Nibbler does pause for a split-second when it hits a corner, so use this pause to decide your next turn.


* Try to collect the items on the inside of the maze first, as you can use the outer edges to move relatively safely when Nibbler is longer.


- STAFF -


Designed and programmed by : Lonnie Ropp


- PORTS -


* Computers :

Amstrad CPC (1984)

Apple II


- SOURCES -


Arcade Retro Lounge; http://tips.retrogames.com/