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
Developer(s)Atari
Publisher(s)Kee Games[1]
Designer(s)Howard Delman[2]
Platform(s)Arcade
Release
Genre(s)Racing
Mode(s)Single-player

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

DevelopmentEdit

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]

ReceptionEdit

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]

ReferencesEdit

  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". DigitPress.com. 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.