Super Bug (video game)

Super Bug is an arcade game developed, manufactured, and released by Atari, Inc. in 1977. The player steers a yellow Volkswagen Beetle (or "Bug") along a multidirectionally scrolling track, avoiding the boundaries and occasional obstacle. The game ends when fuel runs out. Super Bug is in black and white, and the colored car comes from a yellow overlay in the center of the monitor.

Super Bug
Super Bug 1977 Arcade Flyer.jpg
Publisher(s)Kee Games[1]
Designer(s)Howard Delman[2]

The 1978 Atari arcade game Fire Truck is based on Super Bug.[3] Both games were programmed by Howard Delman.[2]


Originally titled City Driver, the video game Super Bug was the first to be designed and programmed by Howard Delman. Delman stated in an interview that he had to learn a lot of the game development process during the nine months it took to create Super Bug.[3]

Joe Decuir of Atari was writing an Atari 8-bit family version of the game, but it was never finished.[4]


In the United States, it was among the top 35 highest-grossing arcade games of 1977, according to RePlay.[5] It went on to become the fourth highest-grossing arcade game of 1978 according to Play Meter,[6] or the year's fifth highest according to RePlay.[7] It was later the 19th highest-grossing arcade video game of 1979, according to Play Meter.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Production Numbers" (PDF). Atari Games. August 31, 1999. Retrieved April 19, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Hague, James. "The Giant List of Classic Game Programmers".
  3. ^ a b "DP Interviews Howard Delman". 2011.
  4. ^ Stilphen, Scott. "DP Interviews Joe Decuir". Digital Press.
  5. ^ "Profit Chart". RePlay. November 1977.
  6. ^ "The 'Winners' of '78: Top Arcade Games". Play Meter. 1978.
  7. ^ "Video Games". RePlay. November 1978.
  8. ^ "The Winners of '79". Play Meter. 1979.