is a game developed by Konami
in which the player controls a penguin racing over the ice, jumping over ponds and crevices and collecting flags. It was first released for the MSX
in 1983, and subsequently ported to other systems. The Famicom/NES version was one of the first third-party releases for the platform (along with Yie Ar Kung-Fu
, also from Konami).
The game got an MSX-only sequel called Penguin Adventure
(1986), which is also known for being supposedly the first game Hideo Kojima
worked on Konami.
This game contains examples of the following tropes:
- Edible Collectible: The penguin can eat the fish that jump out of holes for 300 points each. Averted in the sequel Penguin Adventure, where fish are used as currency instead.
- Endless Game: After stage 10, the game starts in the first level again but with added obstacles.
- Everything's Better with Penguins: The protagonist, who is called Penta in Penguin Adventure.
- Public Domain Soundtrack: "The Skaters' Waltz composed in 1882 by Émile Waldteufel. It loops over and over again on every level.
- Scoring Points: Points are gained by grabbing flags, fish and jumping over holes.
- Slippy-Slidey Ice World: Takes place in the South Pole, with every level being ice levels.
- Super Speed: As Weird Video Games pointed out, if you work out Penta's speed from the distance meter, he travels at Mach 58!
- Timed Mission: On level 1 you have to travel 900 km in 70 secondsnote , level 2 1,100 km in 90 seconds and so on with various time, distances and amount of turns and obstacles.