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Clean Sweep is an obscure early videogame designed by Howell Ivey in 1974.

Players try to erase a field of dots by directing a bouncing ball with a joystick-controlled paddle that is moved horizontally across the bottom of the screen. Each time the ball passes over a dot, the dot gets erased and the player gets a point. If he erases all the dots, he scores a "clean sweep" and can win a free game.

Though Clean Sweep is clearly a variation around the popular pong theme of the time, this game looks more like a mix between Breakout (destroy everything up there with your paddle) and Pac-Man (eat all the dots), but ... many years in advance!!! Breakout was released in 1976 and Pac-Man in 1980. Quite impressive.

Clean Sweep is a very original game for the time, which must have inspired other designers/manufacturers.

It's more harder than it seems, as the ball gets faster very quickly.


from official flyer


arcade cabinet

arcade cabinet - detail


Clean Sweep gameplay

 RetroZephyr - nice pictures
 detailed info on Killer List of Video Games
 detailed info on The Arcade Flyer Archive

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arcade cabinet

year of release 1974
companies RamTek
type game
media arcade cabinet
systems Arcade
number of players 1 - 2 players (alternate)
staff Howell Ivey

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The game is a bit too difficult. Though is existence is not very well known I think this is a major innovation in videogame history.

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