Plaque Attack

Developer(s) Activision
Publisher(s) Activision
Designer(s) Steve Cartwright
Platform(s) Atari 2600
Release NA: February 22, 1983
Genre(s) Shooter
Mode(s) 1-2 players alternating

In this game, the player is a toothpaste tube, and there are eight teeth to defend. Various types of food, such as hamburgers and french fries try to take out the teeth. The player fires toothpaste at food intent on destroying the teeth. If the food is allowed to touch a tooth, it begins breaking down the tooth. If the player is fast enough to shoot the piece of food as soon as it starts breaking down the tooth the player will be able

45570_frontto save the tooth. If not, the tooth will be broken down. The food comes in waves, and the movements become more complicated. Destroying the food scores points, as does the number of teeth left at the end of each wave, and the amount of toothpaste.

After a certain amount of points is scored, users gain bonus teeth. Bonus teeth are applied at the end of each wave. If all eight teeth are still present, the additional teeth will be placed on the sides of the mouth. Otherwise the teeth will replace any teeth lost. Play continues until all the teeth are gone, at which point the game is over.

Patch Requirements and Score:

Can you reach a score of 35,000 points or more? If so, you can become a “No Plaque Packer”, a leader in the bitter war against tooth decay. Just send us a photo of the TV screen showing your score, along with your name and address,and we’ll send you the official No Plaque Pack emblem.

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MegaMania meets Missile Command.  This game isn’t too hard once you get the hang of it.  With a little more practice, I think I could do much better.

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