Lock 'n' Chase

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Lock 'n' Chase (ロック・ン・チェイス) is a video game developed and published in arcades by Data East in Japan in 1981. It was licensed to Taito for distribution in North America. A maze game, Lock 'n' Chase was Data East's response to Pac-Man. Home versions for the Intellivision and Atari 2600 were published by Mattel in 1982[1][2] and an Apple II version in January 1983.[1]

Lock 'n' Chase
Developer(s)Data East
Publisher(s)Data East (JP)
Taito (NA)
Mattel (Intellivision)
Platform(s)Arcade, Atari 2600, Intellivision, Apple II
ReleaseJune 19, 1981: Arcade
1982: Intellivision, 2600
1983: Apple II
Mode(s)Up to 2 players, alternating turns
Arcade systemBurgerTime hardware
DisplayRaster, 240 x 240 (vertical), 8 colors

An updated version was published for the Game Boy in 1990.


Arcade screenshot

The game's protagonist is a thief. The object of the game is to enter a maze and collect all the coins and, if possible, any other treasure that may appear. The thief must then exit the maze (a vault) without being apprehended by the Super D (policemen). The thief can close doorways within the maze in order to temporarily trap the Super D and allow him to keep his distance from them. Only two doors can be closed at a time. The Super D policemen are named Stiffy, Scaredy, Smarty, and Silly.[3]

Coins (depicted as dots) are worth 20 points each. In every level of Lock 'n' Chase, there exist money bags that appear in the center of the maze randomly. Money bags are worth 500, 1000, 2000, and up to 4000 points, respectively, for each time they appear.[4] Each level also has a specific treasure that appears near the center of the maze (much like the food items in Pac-Man). These treasures include the following items (listed respectively by level): top hat, crown, briefcase, and telephone. The first three of these treasures are worth 200 points, 300 points and 500 points, respectively. Additional treasures and their point values are revealed as the player completes successive levels.[3]


A clone for the Atari 8-bit family was published in 1984 as Money Hungry.[5]

In 1990, Data East produced an updated version of Lock 'n' Chase for the Nintendo Game Boy.

The original Lock 'n' Chase is included in the Nintendo Wii release Data East Arcade Classics and a release on the PlayStation Network, both in 2010. The Game Boy version was released on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console on January 19, 2012.

On June 16, 2018, Jason Vasiloff set a world record of 136,140 points at the Funspot Family Fun Center in New Hampshire. [6]

Lock 'n' Chase is one of several Data East games featured in the video game Heavy Burger.[7]

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  1. ^ a b "Intellivision Classic Video Game System / M Network Computer Games". www.intellivisionlives.com. Archived from the original on 2007-01-10. Retrieved 2006-05-29.
  2. ^ "AtariAge - Atari 2600 Manuals (HTML) - Lock 'N' Chase (M Network)". www.atariage.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2006-05-29.
  3. ^ a b Lock 'N Chase at the Killer List of Videogames
  4. ^ "Cartridge instructions". www.intellivisionlives.com. Archived from the original on 2007-02-08. Retrieved 2006-05-29.
  5. ^ "Money Hungry". Atari Mania.
  6. ^ "Twin Galaxies". Twin Galaxies Forum.
  7. ^ "Johnny Turbo's Arcade: Heavy Burger Trailer for Nintendo Switch". YouTube.

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