Gotcha is a two-player maze chase game developed by Atari and released in October 1973. It is considered to be one of the earliest maze chase games, and it is similar to Pac-Man in that it involves two players moving through a maze, trying to catch each other. However, Gotcha has a few key differences from Pac-Man.
- In Gotcha, the players are represented by different symbols: a square for the Pursuer and a plus sign for the Pursued.
- The maze in Gotcha is constantly changing, which makes it more challenging to navigate.
- The Pursuer can score points by catching the Pursued, but the Pursued can also score points by avoiding the Pursuer.
- The game ends when one player reaches a certain number of points.
Gotcha was a commercial success and was one of the most popular arcade games of its time. It was praised for its simple but addictive gameplay and its innovative use of a constantly changing maze. The game has been ported to a number of other platforms, including the Atari 2600 and ColecoVision.
Gotcha is a fascinating piece of video game history. It was one of the first games to offer two-player maze chase gameplay, and it helped to pave the way for the development of later games like Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man. It is a reminder of the early days of video games, when anything seemed possible.