Odd. That’s the word; the word that perfectly sums up Tehkan’s Guzzler, a 1983 entry into the “cute” genre of
arcade games. It’s a maze game, but one quite unlike the myriad of Pac-Man clones that populated game rooms during this era. It’s more of a Wizard of Wor style contest with a much more bizarre scenario.
Guzzler puts you in the role of “the guzzler,” a small, blue, animated water jug. Perhaps a distant relation to the Kool Aid Man? This guzzler has found himself in a very hostile place filled with maze walls and fire
beasts. The fire beasts originate from four flame sources situated at various places throughout the maze.
They appear in a variety of different shapes and colors, the most common being the yellow species, which closely resembles the “will o’ the wisps” found in later screens of Donkey Kong; and the red species, which sports blue shoes, yellow hands, and malicious scowls.
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