Video Game / Gotcha
was an early Arcade Game
made in 1973, created by Al Acorn and Nolan Bushnell. It was Atari's fourth game after Pong
, Space Race
and Pong Doubles
. It's a Player Versus Player
game of cat and mouse, played in an ever-changing maze
. The Pursuer (represented by a square) scores points
by touching the Pursued (represented by a plus sign), and the Pursued scores points as time goes by without being touched by the Pursuer.
Gotcha provides examples of:
- Maze Game: The game draws and then continuously re-draws a simple maze of walls.
- No Plot? No Problem!: No mention of why a dot is chasing a plus sign around or where the maze came from.
- Player Versus Player: One player plays a pursuing dot, and the other player plays the pursued plus sign.
- Scoring Points: The Pursuer scores points by touching the Pursued, and the Pursued scores points as time goes by.
- Top-Down View: The maze and characters are seen from above.