Ataxx Arcade Game
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Developer: LelandYear: 1990
Class: Wide Release
Sound: Amplified Stereo (two channel)
A 1- or 2-player strategy game based on a 7×7 tiled grid. A player attempts to secure a greater number of tiles than his/her opponent by moving his/her playing pieces in a manner similar to checkers.
Leland also released include Pig Out, World Soccer Finals, Brute Force, Danny Sullivan’s Indy Heat, Dragon’s Lair II, All American Football, Ironman Ivan Stewart’s Super Off Road Track Pak, Ironman Ivan Stewart’s Super Off Road, Strike Zone Baseball, and Viper around the same time.
The dedicated machine has a very large, colorful marquee that contains several red and blue blobs. The control panel contains one red and one blue trackball and a button for each player. The more common conversion kit games use a joystick for cursor movement instead of a trackball.
The object of the game is to fill the board with your colored pieces by moving your piece adjacent to your opponent’s piece and turning his pieces to your color. Two types of moves can be made during the game: first, placing a piece adjacent to one of your own duplicates it or second, a piece may be moved two spaces, but it will not be duplicated. The number and arrangement of obstacles in the playfield changes between each round, so strategies must be changed in order to accomodate these barriers.
Eventually, all the empty spaces on the board are filled and the player with the most colored pieces wins. In single-player mode if the human player wins, he or she must face a more difficult computer opponent in the next round.
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