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Video Game / Lock 'n' Chase

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Lock 'n' Chase (ロツク・ン・チエイス) is a 1981 maze arcade game developed and published by Data East in Japan in 1981, and was later published in North America by Taito. It was ported to the Atari 2600, the Intellivision, and the Apple ][ by Mattel Electronics, and to the Game Boy by Data East.

In the game, you play a thief named Lupin that goes into a bank to steal money laid out in a maze, all the while avoiding capture by the police. You could temporarily stun them by collecting the bag of money that appears in the center of the maze, or you could close doors and trap them in a passageway. Once you collect all the money, you must quickly get to the exit.

This game provides examples of:

  • Endless Game: After 10 patterns, you play until you run out of lives.
  • Expy: The policemen are those of the Pac-Man ghosts, complete with their own nicknames: Stiffy, Scaredy, Smarty, and Silly.
  • Maze Game: Of the Pac-Man variety.
  • Scoring Points: By collecting coins as well as bags of money and various types of treasure.
  • Tactical Door Use: By locking doors, the thief can temporarily trap a policeman, although this only works once per pattern.
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  • Villain Protagonist: The thief.


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