Gopher [Model VC2001]

Atari 2600 cart. published 38 years ago by US Games

Listed and emulated in MAME !

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Gopher © 1982 US Games Corp.

Gopher is a one or two player, full color video game.

Gophers have launched a merciless assault on your carrot patch. Grab your shovel and fill those holes before they tunnel out and eat your choice carrots. With no time to run back to the barn for more seeds to plant, it's a good thing that crazy duck keeps flying by dropping them. But it's awfully tricky to catch a seed, plant it, and still keep those persistent Gophers away. Just when you think everything's under control, they get faster and hungrier! Take a deep breath, and let the battle begin.

Game Variations:
Game 1 - Single player with duck.
Game 2 - Two player with duck.
Game 3 - Single player; no seed planting.
Game 4 - Two player; no seed planting.
Model VC2001
Each Gopher bonked = 100 points.
Each section of tunnel filled = 20 points.
* Stay somewhat centered in the carrot patch, and slightly move back and forth with movement of the Gopher - but don't follow him. He can move much quicker than you and also will appear on one side and then the other. Move out cautiously but quickly, and fill the nearest hole that is up to the surface - maybe only partially because you have to get back to protecting your carrots.

* Bonking: This very strategic and satisfying gameplay technique could be the answer to that multidigit score! You can Bonk the Gopher on the head as he emerges from his hole or anywhere above ground as he runs for a carrot. This is the most rewarding accomplishment as you receive 100 points for bonking and can manage enough time for a chuckle before your next bonk! Timing and accurate positioning is the key to bonking.

* Planting: This can be tricky but the best approach is - stay cool! Don't panic when the seed is dropped. Keep one eye on the Gopher; and, meanwhile, position the farmer approximately under the falling seed. Then, make your last fine tuned adjustments by tapping the joystick the appropriate direction to catch the seed.

* IMPORTANT: If only one carrot remains and you have a choice between bonking and planting, by all means BONK; if you lose that last carrot, it's back to shoveling out the barn.

By the way, it is possible to catch a seed, bonk a Gopher, and then plant the seed. If you manage to do this, you can probably also pat your head and rub your tummy while hanging by your knees. Anyway - HAPPY BONKING!!
Developed by Wickstead Design.

Programmer: Sylvia Day, Henry Will IV
Game's ROM.