The Retroist

Retro Arcade Art By CTupa: Beezer (1982)

Friends, have you ever heard of Beezer? It was an arcade game produced and manufactured by Tong Electronic Inc. although it was distributed by Intrepid Marketing. I will admit that until Christopher Tupa contacted me the other day about his Retro Arcade Art. I certainly had not heard of Beezer before either!

Now I will jump into what the game play for Beezer is like in just a second. Of course first I need to talk about Tupa’s new art project. I am sure many of you longtime fans of the Retroist are quite familiar with CTupa’s fantastic artwork. He has not only graciously shared his work on the site in the past but even provided illustrations for various Retroist podcasts. Case in point the second of the famed Halloween Specials!


For Retro Arcade Art by CTupa, the artist will be sharing one new illustration a week for the foreseeable future. Furthermore they are all based off the Golden Age of video games. Indeed, a time when a single quarter was the key to protecting the universe or simply becoming a busy bee.

While some of the games that CTupa has chosen in the coming weeks are more mainstream, he made sure to pick unknown titles too. Like Beezer of course. Which as a matter of fact was a conversion kit. Meaning when arcade operators back in the day noticed a machine not being played as much, instead of shelling out the coin to get a brand new arcade cabinet. They could pick up Beezer. With a quick swap of a PC board, the control panel which included a trakball. The applying of cabinet decals and finally replacing the marquee and bezel, instead of a Galaxian you would have a Beezer!

The goal of Beezer is to maneuver through a honeycomb, avoiding contact with the other bees. Our hero must attempt to trap said bees by turning three-sided walls within the honeycomb. Creating a six-sided trap, which will dispatch an enemy caught in it.

However the traps can work on Beezer as well, which will result in the loss of a life. This can happen when the Queen appears in the honeycomb. She not only can move the three-sided walls herself but lays eggs. These eggs will hatch and naturally become more enemy bees to contend with.

Thankfully for Beezer if he eats those eggs first, he in fact becomes super-powered. Which as a result allows him to eat the enemy bees instead of trying to trap them! In addition our hero can move through the hive himself by way of “caves”.

Now why not take a few minutes and check out the game play for Beezer?

[Via] Old Classic Retro Gaming

Do you love Tupa’s Beezer artwork? Know the perfect arcade fan that needs it? Then you are totally in luck as the artist is selling each of the Retro Art Arcade offerings. The originals are ink and watercolor and are 5″x7″ on 8.5″x11″ size paper. You can hop on over to Christopher’s official site to contact him as well as check out more artwork and even listen to his podcasts!