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November 15, 2005 12:02 PM   Subscribe

Obscure Video Game Filter: Help me identify this game from my childhood.

Standup arcade game, late 70s, early 80s. You control a character which consists of a large, continuously chomping mouth rolling on two wheels with extendable legs, side-scrolling over a gradually more bumpy landscape. You chomp various things while dodging ceiling obstacles and oncoming baddies. The oncoming baddies can fly right through the legs, only impact with the chomping mouth causes death (or impact with the ceiling or floor). Thank you AskMeFi!
posted by erebora to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (9 answers total)
 
Snap Jack
posted by deadfather at 12:11 PM on November 15, 2005


9 minutes. AskMeFi rocks. Thanks deadfather.
posted by erebora at 12:15 PM on November 15, 2005


Since erebora´s question has been answered I´ll tag along:
I remember spending quite a few allowances back around 1985 on an arcade game: It had a gangster theme. It was in a first person view and you controlled a gunsight following arrows to find gangsters in the building's windows and shoot them before they shot you. I'm almost positive the title included a year (1929??). I looked in klov.com, but couldn't find it. Anybody played it?
posted by fjom at 1:21 PM on November 15, 2005


http://www.klov.com/game_detail.php?letter=E&game_id=7707

Empire City 1931
posted by cosmicbandito at 1:49 PM on November 15, 2005


28 minutes, cosmicbandito? God, you're slow. Go take some lessons from deadfather.

kidding :)
posted by cyrusdogstar at 1:55 PM on November 15, 2005


I had the window open for like 20 minutes with the answer typed in while I was doing something else. I need to fix my priorities....
posted by cosmicbandito at 1:57 PM on November 15, 2005


Thanks a lot, cosmicbandito! I've been looking for this ever since I found out about MAME, and was beginning to think I imagined the whole damn thing!
posted by fjom at 2:06 PM on November 15, 2005


OMG Empire city! I didn't even ask this question but thanks.
posted by bdave at 4:55 PM on November 15, 2005


If anyone else is looking to try some awesome, obscure games in MAME, I highly reccomend:
Snaks n' Jackson
and Chicken Shift
Both of these are surreal, simple, and addictive
posted by cosmicbandito at 6:35 PM on November 15, 2005


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