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Video Game / Gotcha

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Gotcha was an early Arcade Game from Atari 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.