Pengo - Christopher Tupa

Retro Arcade Art By CTupa: Pengo (1982)

Pengo is the subject for this week’s Retro Arcade Art, proving that CTupa has good taste as well as being a talented illustrator. Pengo is an absolutely charming maze game although one with a twist. It was developed by Coreland Technology, a subcontractor for Sega. In fact Sega is the one that released Pengo to the arcades back in September of 1982.

I mentioned of course that Pengo is a maze game. A maze of frozen blocks of ice at that, with the addition that Players can alter that maze as they play. Pengo will push an ice block it comes in contact with, when the action button is pressed. If there is nothing blocking its path it will slide across the stage until it hits the edge of the screen or another ice block.
Pengo - Push Ice Block

Another action Pengo can take is to destroy those ice blocks. When performing the same action in fact, if the ice block is made stationary. It will crumble and disappear. A useful action to take indeed when attempting to evade the Sno-Bees that stalk you.
Pengo - Cracking Ice Block

However as you can see in the screencap those crafty Sno-Bees can do the very same thing. Much like in Atari’s Dig-Dug, when a lone enemy realizes they are it. They will hurriedly try to escape, by heading to one of the four corners of the screen.

In Pengo the Player will lose a life if the Sno-Bees come in contact with our adorable protagonist. So naturally that is why you will spend so much time in the game gleefully hurling those ice blocks against your foes. Not only is destroying all Sno-Bees the way to successfully end the round…it’s addictive.

Of course destroying the enemies at the start of a game doesn’t mean you’ve cleared a stage yet. You see the truth of the matter is there are eggs hidden within the ice blocks in a level. Take out one Sno-Bee and the eggs will begin to hatch. However you will see their location flash at the start of the stage. Which means if you are quick you can take them out while running around the maze.
Pengo - Eggs

If Pengo touches the edges of the wall and uses the action button, any Sno-Bee that is touching the edges will be stunned. Which will allow a Player to crush them easily with an ice block if one is available. Or even run over the enemy and take them out without losing a life.
Pengo - Wall Shake

You now know a few of the basics of Pengo, so why not watch it in action?

[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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