|Sean W. Hennessy (Program) &
Jerome Domurat (Graphics)
|Port of the 1982
Back before Sega got into the home console market they were an
arcade game manufacturer. And while Sega eventually did
manufacture games for home systems under their own brand, they
still licensed several of their more popular games to Atari.
While Pengo wasn't exactly an arcade smash hit, it did do
fairly well on the home console scene.
As the title suggests, the main character in Pengo
is a penguin and a mean one at that. Like any normal penguin
Pengo spends his days smashing Sno-bees between large blocks of
ice. Sno-bees are nasty little furry guys with ice picks and
hammers who would just love to have penguin for dinner.
Sno-bees hatch from eggs hidden in blocks of ice, and since
Pengo's world is made up of nothing but blocks of ice this is a
problem. It's Pengo's job to destroy all the Sno-bees and
their eggs once and for all to make the arctic safe for penguins
Pengo has one weapon at his disposal, ICE!
The arctic is full of it, so you might as well use it to
your advantage. Sno-bees smash quite nicely between two
large blocks of ice, so put all your penguin muscle to work and
push that ice! Besides smashing them, you can can stun
Sno-bees by pushing against the sides of the level. If a
wandering Sno-bee happens to touch a wall your pushing he will be
stunned for a few seconds, during this time you can destroy them
by touching them. You can also stun Sno-bees by lining up
all the diamond blocks, which will net you big bonus points as
well. Sno-bee eggs can be destroyed by breaking the ice
blocks they're in.
Pengo shines particularly brightly on the
5200 as it is almost an exact copy of its arcade counterpart.
However one thing that couldn't be ported to the home
consoles was Pengo's music. Originally Pengo used a song
called "Popcorn" by a group called Hot Butter. Since Atari
wasn't about to pay anybody royalties on a song, they decided to
create their own music for the game. Pengo is an
interesting game, and one of the only games to have a penguin in
a starring role. It combines action, quick thinking, and
strategy all into one awesome little package.
||Mid-level work in progress
||Pengo EPROM Cartridge 9-02-83
to 5200 Software