is a Platform Game
, released in 1983 for the Atari 2600
and VIC 20
as part of their "double-ender" series of two-game cartridges, and in 1984 for the Commodore 64
. Written by Lawrence Holland, who would go on to create X-Wing
You play Spike, out to climb a mountain
. First, you walk through the Meadows, jumping over bears
and muddy waterfalls
, and hiding from eagles
by ducking into caves. Then you climb up the Rocky Ledge, dodging rockslides
and a boulder
that flies back and forth across the screen. Then you walk or climb through the Ice Cap, dodging avalanches and the Abominable Snowman
. Finally, you walk to the peak and plant your flag.
Along the way, you score points
by reaching higher altitudes, collecting gold and ice diamonds
, and killing the Snowman with your ice pick
. Getting hit by rocks or avalanches can take away points. Every hundred thousand points
, you get an extra life
, for a maximum of three.
Spike's Peak provides examples of:
- Airborne Mook: Eagles.
- Attract Mode
- Bears Are Bad News
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti
- Bottomless Pits: The boulder will knock you down these. One of the earliest examples in video games.
- Check Point: The Rocky Ledge and Ice Cap.
- Corridor Cubbyhole Run: The Meadows. The path is the corridor, the eagles are the threat, caves are the safe zones, and the bears give you advance warning of the eagles - when they are both in caves, one above the other, eagles are coming.
- Critical Annoyance: When you get too cold.
- Crouch and Prone: In the caves in the Meadows.
- Death Mountain
- Difficulty Levels: You can adjust the difficulty with the Atari's difficulty switches.
- Endless Game: If you reach the summit, Spike lies down for a rest, then walks down the mountain to do it again.
- Every 10,000 Points: Or rather, hundred thousand points, an extra life.
- Everything Trying to Kill You: Bears, birds, waterfalls, a flying boulder, and the Abominable Snowman. You can also freeze to death in caves in the Meadows or by running out of time on the Ice Cap or the peak.
- Fake Trap: Cactus on the Rocky Ledge.
- Follow the Money: Gold on the Rocky Ledge, and ice diamonds on the Ice Cap.
- Game Levels: Five, one screen each: The start of the trail, the Meadows, the Rocky Ledge, the Ice Cap, and the peak.
- Game Over
- The Golden Age of Video Games
- Grimy Water: Waterfalls in the Meadows.
- Heal Thyself: The ice diamonds on the Ice Cap replenish your body heat.
- Hit Points: Your body temperature. It's shown as a Life Meter, and falls when you hide in a cave in the Meadows, or with time on the Ice Cap and the peak.
- Homing Boulders: Rockslides and avalanches.
- Instant 180 Degree Turn
- Ledge Bats: The boulder.
- One-Hit-Point Wonder
- Platform Game
- Powerful Pick: You can kill the Snowman with your ice pick.
- Scoring Points
- Side View
- Space-Filling Path: The Meadows, Rocky Ledge, and Ice Cap. On the last two, you can avoid the path and climb straight up.
- Skippable Boss: The Snowman. Just move off the path a little and he walks right past.
- Video Game Lives: Three.