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Blockade  rating is 3rating is 3rating is 3rating is 3rating is 3

Blockade is at the origin of all the surround-type games which will follow, including popular lightcycle game inspired by movie Tron. Even famous snake games owe everything to Blockade.

The principle is simple, you control a kind of snake (in fact a growing brick wall with an arrow at the end) and must last longer than your opponent on the playfield. You die if you crash into another wall (yours, your opponent's or walls surrounding the area). The best tactic is of course to try to surround your opponent so that he panics and gets trapped within the walls.

It's 2 player only game. You can't play against the computer. Even if it looks primtive now, Blockade was a real milestone in gaming history, creating a whole new genre of its own.

This was Gremlin's first video game. It provided Gremlin with a big hit, winning the 'Best of Show' award at the 1976 MOA convention.


    Blockade inspired Surround (Atari 2600)


initial screen

Blockade can only played in 2 player mode

try to surround your opponent

left player crashed into a wall

game stops when one of the players reach 6 points

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year of release 1976
companies Gremlin
type game
media arcade cabinet
systems Arcade
number of players 2 players (versus)
staff Lane Hauck, Ago Kiss, Bob Pecarero
tags surround

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Hard to rank this game, as yes it is crude, but so important in gaming history. Copies of this one are countless... Still fun to play with a friend.

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