Atari 2600 Game
Year of Release: 1983
How many time have you been sitting around playing video games, and thought to yourself, "I want to play a video game about tooth decay!". Well now you can with Activision's Plaque Attack.
In Plaque Attack you control a toothbrush. Gameplay is similar to a combination of Asteroids and Missile Command. Your toothpaste tube can move all around the screen, and must fight random floating food objects, (that is the part that is like Asteroids). But you also have to protect the teeth that line the top and bottom of the screen, (this is the part that is like Missile Command). Why Activision made this a game about teeth, (and not a space game), is a mystery to everybody.
From the instruction manual
HOW TO JOIN THE NO PLAQUE PACK
Tips from Steve Cartwright, designer of Plaque Attack.
Steve is one of Activision's most prolific game designers. His previous
releases, Barnstorming, MegaMania, and SeaQuest quickly established his
outstanding reputation. Aside from video games, Steve enjoys motorcycle
touring, photography, and brushing after every meal.
"Hello there! Let me give you some tips to help you survive the Plaque Attack.
It's almost impossible to recover from poor oral hygiene (i.e., sloppy game-
play) experienced in the early stages. The best strategy is to acquire as many
bonus teeth as possible as soon as you can.
"Next...when things get really hairy, don't bother going after food particles
that are not moving towards your teeth. If they're moving off to the side, let
them go, concentrating only on defending your teeth from food heading their
way. This means playing defensively when the going gets tough. Whereas, in
the early stages, it's best to play offensively, blasting away all the junk
food in sight.
"Also, remember that the food always reverses direction as soon as a tooth is
attacked. Try to save the tooth, then turn your tube around immediately and
"You know, this game is just like real life: Poor tooth care at the start will
get you in the end. And the sooner you develop good dental habits, the longer
your teeth survive. So put down that junk and write me a letter! Tell me
about your system of tooth care--on screen and off!"
is the programmer
on this title.
This game is valued at around $15 USD. Games with boxes and manuals are worth more.