They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Pac-Man must have been very flattered in the early 80s… particularly by games like Crystal Castles, Dig Dug, and one of our favorites–– 1982’s Pengo by Sega.

Starring Pengo himself (the only penguin we’ve seen with a red body, green flippers, and green feet), the game actually looked deceptively easy… until you stood there in the arcade with your hand on the joystick.

The simplicity of Pac-Man (all you had to do was move) was suddenly trumped by a game that not only had you making your way through a maze, escaping baddies (the balloon-ish Sno-Bees), but you also had the opportunity to push the walls (well, blocks) of the maze around, hopefully squishing your enemy in the process. Plus, if you could just line up the three diamond blocks, you could nab some major points.

…all the while keeping an eye on the blocks that served as Sno-Bee spawning grounds.


Pengo was never anywhere near as huge as Pac-Man, but it still managed to survive the 80s intact. Sega released semi-popular versions for the Atari 2600 and 5200, and the arcade version was a staple throughout most of our childhood.

Not to bad for a green-footed, red penguin.

We ♥ Pengo.


~ by weheart80s on June 5, 2012.

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