Devil Fish - Christopher Tupa

Retro Arcade Art By CTupa: Devil Fish (1982)

Devil Fish - Marquee
Devil Fish is a game that I can certainly say I’ve not heard of before. It was however an arcade title released back in June of 1982 by Artic Electronics. A bit of Lock ‘N’ Chase with maybe a little Mouse Trap thrown in. Devil Fish is another prime example of how the Golden Age of arcade games were pretty imaginative. As well of course as being this weeks Retro Arcade Art offering from Christopher Tupa!

Devil Fish is one of many popular maze related titles from the early 80s. I would say that Pac-Man is of course the greatest example of the maze genre. Obviously. With Devil Fish though you have the added bonus of playing a well meaning dog. Sea Dog as a matter of fact who has been tasked by the King of the Sea to get rid of the rampaging Devil Fish.

Devil Fish - Arcade Flyer Archive

Image courtesy of the Arcade Flyer Archive.

Those titular villains have escaped from their underwater prison and are making a mess of the King’s sea garden. They look very much like multicolored Octopi. So Sea Dog must attempt to lure the beasts with bait, in this case fish. The player drops the bait in an attempt to fatten the Devil Fish where they get stuck in the narrower passages of the maze.
Devil Fish - Stage 1

Once an enemy is trapped, Sea Dog can scoop them up and deposit them in a cabin. Why? Because each Devil Fish that he drops off reveals the image of the beastie hiding in the garden. Once it is fully revealed Sea Dog heads to the next stage.
Devil Fish - Stage 3

Now that you know a little about Devil Fish, check out the gameplay!

[Via] Old Classic Retro Gaming


Remember that 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 and even listen to his podcasts!

Now make sure to enjoy the earlier entries for the Retro Arcade Art By CTupa!


Retro Arcade Art 1 (Beezer)
Retro Arcade Art 2 (Bomb Jack)

Bomb Jack - Christopher Tupa

Retro Arcade Art By CTupa: Bomb Jack (1984)

Bomb Jack - Marquee
Friends, how many of you recall Bomb Jack? It was an arcade title that was developed as well as manufactured by Tehkan in 1984. It is also as a matter of fact, the subject of this week’s Retro Arcade Art by Christopher Tupa.

Bomb Jack - Flyer

Flyer courtesy of the Arcade Flyer Archive.

While Tehkan might not sound familiar. I am certainly positive you know them by their current company name. Which is Tecmo! Bomb Jack proved popular enough by the way that it received three sequels. Bomb Jack Twin was another arcade game with Mighty Bomb Jack and Bomb Jack II for home consoles and computers.
Bomb Jack - Mighty Bomb Jack - NES

Just before I jump into the mechanics of Bomb Jack I will remind you of CTupa’s new art project. 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.

As an added bonus you can pick up each of the Retro Arcade Art 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!

Bomb Jack tasks players with controlling Jack. Obviously. A superhero who must travel throughout time and pick up the red bombs scattered across the stages. While avoiding contact with the numerous enemies that populate the level. Fortunately for our hero he can jump super high and even float.

There is a bonus when players pick up the bombs after the fuse has been lit. Doing so will cause the meter at the top of the screen to expand. Once it is totally full it will release a circular and bouncing letter P. If Jack nabs that he becomes invincible as well as the enemies transforming into bonus coins to be picked up.
Bomb Jack - Power Up

In addition the player can pick up other bonuses. Such as the letter B, which will increase your score multiplier by 5. On the other hand there is also E that gives Players and extra Bomb Jack. Last but not least we have S which is the rarer bonus and it will give you an entirely free game.

Now why not take a few minutes and check out the game play for Bomb Jack

[Via] Classic Game Videos

Make sure to enjoy the earlier entry for the Retro Arcade Art By CTupa!


Retro Arcade Art 1 (Beezer)

Beezer - Christopher Tupa

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!
Beezer - Marquee

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!
Beezer - Conversion Kit

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.
Beezer - Trap

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.
Beezer - Queen Egg

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!