Replicart [Model TFD-REP]
Nintendo Famicom disk. published 32 years ago by Taito
Listed and emulated in MAME !
Replicart © 1988 Taito Corp.
Replicart is an action/puzzle game by Taito and based on the popular Snake. In the 22nd century, Earth has been invaded by snake looking aliens and humans have decided to create a robot, the Replicart, to push back the invasion. The player controls a long robotic articulated snake and maneuvers around a bordered playing area. The snake always moves forward and the player can only change its direction of movement. Small cells randomly appear on screen and every single one of them must be collected to progress to the next stage. But there is a catch and each time the robot-snake picks up a cell it grows longer. This feature lies at the core of the gameplay and the snake will be destroyed if it hits a wall or touches any part of his own segmented body. Once all the cells are removed from the play field, a tiny passageway appears on the side of the screen and gives access to the next stage. Things become gradually more difficult as the game progresses - every level introduces more cells to collect at once, roaming enemies, deadly obstacles and a challenging boss every ten stages. Power-ups can also be collected later in the game, some destroy all the enemies on screen whereas others reset the length of the snake or freeze time.
Replicart was released on February 26, 1988 in Japan for 3500 Yen.
Replicart was originally released by Sony Corporation for the MSX 2 in 1987.
Game's description by Laurent Kermel; http://www.videogameden.com