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Wasp! - Atari 7800
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Overview

It's The Enchanted Land's annual Mushroom Soup Festival. While out in the woods collecting mushrooms you stumble across a nest of Giant Killer Wasps. With no giants to kill they make a wasp line for... YOU!

Wasp! is Mark Ball's first foray into Atari 7800 programming, and is (as far as we're aware) the first 7800 game written in the C programming language. Wasp! was originally written as a demo, but quickly evolved into a playable game.

Your goal in Wasp! is fairly simple--collect as many mushrooms as you can while avoiding the angry wasps! How long can you survive their flying wrath?

Author Mark Ball
Number of Players 1
Controller Joystick
Cartridge Size 32K

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Reviews (3)

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Reviewer: BenjaminR
03/19/2014 09:45pm
I think this game is misunderstood and doesn't quite get the respect it deserves! I don't ask for a video game to change my life. Sometimes I just want to pop in a fun and mindless game, and just enjoy it for what it is. The good news is that WASP! is fun to play and very addictive. If you buy it, you may be surprised how fun it actually is and despite the jaded and cranky "Video Game Critic" may tell you. I don't think you will be disappointed in the game, for less than the price of a meal at a restaurant, this game deserves your attention. The control is responsive, and game moves quickly, and the graphics are really the best part of it for me. I absolutely love Mark Ball's slightly cute graphical designs, they are some of the best graphics out of all the Atari 7800 homebrew titles, and I hope he designs many more Atari 7800 games in the future because they are some of my favorites.
Reviewer: Nathan Strum
12/15/2010 02:47pm
I'm not sure what to make of Wasp!. Even though it's an original game, it plays more like a non-violent hack of Robotron. While there are no instructions included, the premise is simple enough: collect mushrooms, avoid wasps. And that's it.

You have no weapons, no bonus items, and the graphics never seem to change. You're always collecting the same thing, always pursued by the same five enemies. The difficulty ramps up gradually, but there's no variety to the game - it's just the same thing over and over. Even a change in the colors of the objects would have been welcomed. I don't know if any extra lives can be earned or not (none show up as of 20,000 points), and there are no other game variations that I could find. The graphics are decent but sparse, and the sound is minimal.

Wasp! seems more like a mini-game, or the early beginnings of a game idea, rather than a full-fledged, completed one. It's not that it's bad, it's just that there's not much there. Perhaps if it was part of a compilation I could recommend it, but as it is, Wasp! just doesn't have enough going for it.
Reviewer: MrBeefy
11/07/2009 01:27am
It's always nice to see new 7800 games.

I enjoyed this game. I found it perfect for quick pick up and play sessions. It appears to be a very simple game with good progression in difficulty. I liked the opening screen and sprites. I wish there was music to go along with the game but it does have a nice 'groovy' transitions between levels.

While I'm not sure I'd label it a great or classic this game was quite enjoyable. It is actually really great for a quick pick up and play when your busy. I'd have to say I like the simplicity of this game the most...just run around collect mushrooms....avoid wasps....enjoy the 'groovy' screen.

I hope to see more from Mark Ball and the 7800 in the future.
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