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Wak-A-Goomba v2.1


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Filename wakagmba.zip (Download)
Title Wak-A-Goomba v2.1
Description A Wak A Mole style game where you try to whack as many Goombas as you can in 60 seconds. High score and initials saved.
Authors Kurt Tucker (yosterisle@aol.com)
Sam Heald (porter) (samuel.heald@duke.edu)
Category TI-86 Assembly Games
File Size 7,202 bytes
File Date and Time Tue Oct 27 02:04:02 1998
Documentation Included? Yes
Source Code Included? Yes



Review by  Jonah Cohen
Reviewed on 2004-11-21
Attention span: 4/10 You’ll delete this game in a whim.
Controls: 8/10 Using the number keys is annoying, even though there isn’t much that can be done about them.
Implementation: 8/10 For a Wak-A-Mole clone, it keeps faithful to the original
Overall: 5/10 Not much for gameplay.

Wak-A-Goomba, written by Kurt Tucker, is a Wak-A-Mole style game. There is a 3 by 3 grid in which a goomba will appear. Your objective is to press the corresponding number key in order to squish the goomba. You have to squish as many goombas in 60 seconds as possible.

This is a game of concentration. You have to have very quick hand-eye coordination in order to hit the goombas before they move. The sooner you hit them, the more points you receive. The graphics are respectable—they serve their purpose. There are two different goomba sprites, unsquished and squished, and no other graphics more advanced than lines and inverted text.

Although this game uses many nice features (high score, pause, etc), all appear to be borrowed from other games (pause screen taken from ztetris, goomba sprite taken from super mario 3, high score feature taken from plane jump). Another problem was that the 60 seconds in the game ran down in 47 seconds—on new batteries! It isn’t feasible to expect perfect timing on all battery strengths, but it should at least come close. In terms of replay value, this game comes up short as well. After you get a decent score and play the game maybe five or six times, you’ll get tired of it. There just isn’t enough to this game for it to keep a spot on people’s calculators.

Given that this is currently the only Wak-A-Mole genre game out right now, if that’s your type of game, then you should download this. But if it isn’t, then don’t waste your memory.


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