Lasso - Christopher Tupa

Retro Arcade Art By CTupa: Lasso (1982)

Christopher Tupa has managed to do it once again. With Lasso, his pick for this week’s Retro Arcade Art. The artist has chosen yet another title that I’ve not had the pleasure of playing before. Kaos, Inferno, Devil Fish, as well as Beezer. All classic arcade titles from the Golden Age of Arcades. However with Lasso it is a case that I’ve never even heard of the game before!

Lasso was released by SNK in 1982. You might recognize the company name for some of their later arcade games. Such as Main Event, TNK III, Victory Road, and Guerrilla War to name a few. Although with Lasso the setting is a little more peaceful, as you play a cowboy with intentions on cleaning up the ranch of various animals.

Sheep, cattle, and possibly demon possessed horses are what the Player will attempt to round up.
Lasso - Sheep

While that GIF might show the cowboy on horseback. The Player is in fact on foot for the 3 stages that make up Lasso. By standing still and pressing the lasso button, the Player is able to control how far the lariat is thrown. Releasing said button will create a loop and capture the peaceful animals within. Obviously the more sheep, cattle and horses you capture, the more points you receive.
Lasso - Big Points

Bear in mind that while the Player is attempting this they need to avoid rabid wolves who will chase you as well as…dragons. I assume this is how the wild west earned its name, right? The Player at the very least is able to hurl rocks at the wolves and dragons.
Lasso - Rocks

Now I know I said the animals on the range like sheep were peaceful. But the truth of the matter is if they make contact with you, just like the Wolves and Dragon steam, it will cost you a life.
Lasso - Dragon

Lasso is an interesting game. I have been able to find very little information on the game through the usual sources. In fact it isn’t even available to play in the Internet Archive Arcade.

Lasso - Arcade Flyer Archive
Flyer courtesy of the Arcade Flyer Archive.

Thankfully though we can see Lasso in action, by way of YouTube!

[Via] Old Classic Retro Gaming

As always with CTupa’s Retro Arcade Art project, you can purchase the artwork featured in this post. 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 from his project!

I hope you won’t forget to check out CTupa’s previous entries in his Retro Arcade Art Project as well!


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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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