When you ask the average Joe or Josephine which video game they associate most with the early 80’s, you get a variety of answers…Space Invaders, Donkey Kong, Asteroids, Galaga, and of course, Pac-Man and his
family. Not ONCE will you ever hear somebody excitedly shout…”OH YEAH MAN!!!! WARP WARP WAS AWESOME!!!!!”
This is not to say that the game has nothing going for it at all…in fact the gameplay and origin is rather interesting for such an unknown game. It SHOULD have been big. It had a lot going for it. Imagine this… Spring 1981…Namco, the highly successful Japanese programming powerhouse just made fortunes for Bally/Midway in 1979 and 1980 with Galaxian and PacMan, respectively and were the hot ticket of the industry. Then there was Rock-Ola, one of the largest manufacturers of jukeboxes the music industry had ever seen. With video games being at the biggest high the industry would ever see, it was only natural that Rock-Ola would see opportunity for expansion into the arcade market. So, they contacted Namco for the exclusive rights to manufacture the “next mega-hit.” Seemed like a sure thing. – Read the rest of the article here from Classic Gamer Magazine (courtesy of Old School Gamer)!
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