25 February 1993
The game PENGI is a maze game based on the arcade game PENGO.
The maze is made up of blocks which can moved around by pushing
them. Ice blocks which can't move (when pushed) are broken. To
finish a level all the snowbees in the maze must be killed.
Pushing a block into a snowbee will squash it and a bonus is
given - The more snowbees squashed at once by an ice block the
greater the bonus. Pushing a maze wall will cause it to wobble
and stun (for a while) any snowbees along it. Any stunned
snowbees can then be walked or over squashed.
The ice blocks which flash (before gameplay starts) contain
snowbee eggs, and one hatches for each snowbee killed (until
there are no eggs left). If an ice block containing an egg is
broken, then the egg is broken also and won't hatch.
The yellow blocks in the maze are diamond blocks (which are
unbreakable) and if these are arranged in a vertical or
horizontal line, a large bonus is given and all snowbees are
temporarily stunned. If the blocks are lined up along a maze
wall then 5000 points are given, otherwise 10,000 points are
given. Once the diamond blocks have been lined up they can't
be moved again.
Player control is by joystick (with the fire button used to
control pushing). A few more points to note are:
- A bonus life is awarded for every 20,000 points gained
- Snowbees become more aggressive in later levels with
snowbees breaking ice blocks or speeding up and chasing
- If only one snowbee is left in the maze it will become
lonely after a while and will disappear (and the level
will be finished).