||First Star Software
|Alex Leavens & Shirley Russell
|Originally called Bubbles
then Soap Suds
Boing is a strange little Q-Bert clone put out by the relatively small
software company First Star Software (who happen to still be in business).
While this was First Star's only 2600 game, it showed alot of promise.
First Star also released a few very hard to find games for the Atari
The hero of Boing is a bubble called "The Bubble" (that's original),
who must bounce around the screen touching each of the 36 squares (arranged
in a 6x6 grid). Of course it wouldn't be much of a game if there
weren't a few enemies to impede your progress now would it? Out
to get our dash hero are the Bubble Eater (mmm. Tastes like chicken!),
and the Pin (watch out, he's sharp!). The Bubble Eater will chase
you around the screen in a fashion similar to Coily (this is a Q-Bert
clone after all), while the Pin will appear randomly at the top of one
of the rows and move vertically down. If you're crafty enough, you
can lure the Bubble Eater into the path of the oncoming Pin. If
the Pin collides with the Bubble Eater he'll start glowing and be temporarily
stunned. Use this time to complete the level hassle free.
As the levels progress you'll find that the squares need
to be jumped on in a certain order. Starting on level two you must
jump on all the squares in a row before you can start on another row.
On level three you must jump on all the squares in the three even
rows before you can start on the odd rows (the squares you need are marked
in white). Starting on level four, jumping on the same square twice
will cause the square to turn off (revert back to it's original color)
so be careful! Levels five and six are the same as two and three,
but now have the reverting squares.
While it may not be anything original, Boing is still a
fun (and very rare) game. Boing takes the concept of Q*Bert, but
adds a few little twists to make it slightly different (must have worked
because no lawsuits were ever filed). During the revival years (86-90),
Atari planned to re-release Boing under their own label as they had done
with several Coleco games. However for unknown reasons, Atari never
got around to re-releasing it. Recently however a Boing prototype
with an Atari lab label has been found, thus proving that Atari had actually
obtained the original code from First Star.
||Boing! By Shiralexann Wright (c)1983
First Star Software Inc.
to 2600 Software