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Mascot Mashup: Gorillas

Your mission is to hit your opponent with an exploding projectile by varying the angle and power of your throw, taking into account wind speed, gravity and the skyline. The wind speed is shown by a directional arrow at the bottom of the playing field. The first player to score 3 points wins. Choose from 4 CPU difficulty levels or battle a friend in 2-player mode.

There are three available battle modes:

1. Classic Mode (only Gorillas)
2. Mashup Mode (all characters*) Randomize Mashup characters
3. College Football Mode ( NCAA/NAIA mascots*) Randomize College Football mascots

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* New playable character sprites are added each week. This game is an 8-bit remake/mashup of IBM's classic QBasic Gorillas (AKA Atomic Banana), a 1991 turn-based artillery program. Ian Cavalier developed it in HTML5/JavaScript (on the shoulders of code by Ze Fonseca and Moly).

Gorillas is a video game published in 1991 by IBM and first distributed by Microsoft with MS-DOS 5. It is a turn-based artillery game similar to the classic tank-based game Scorched Earth. Another example of an artillery game is the incredibly popular Angry Birds app, which is available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. This 8-bit Gorillas mashup game has definite thematic similarities to MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch, which depicted claymation celebrities fighting in a wrestling ring. The original Gorillas consists of two gorillas throwing explosive bananas (or atomic bananas) at each other on opposite sides of a city skyline. The first gorilla to blow up the other one wins. The players can adjust the angle and velocity of each throw, as well as the gravitational pull of the planet. Written in QBasic, it is one of the programs (along with Nibbles) included as a demonstration of that programming language. Gorillas is one of my favorite childhood video games, along with Oregon Trail, the Super Mario Bros. series, The Legend Of Zelda, Kid Icarus, Joust, Dig Dug, Pole Position, Tennis, Vanguard, Space Invaders and other 1980s/1990s Nintendo and Atari games.

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Game and pixel art by Ian Cavalier (@iancavalier), with contributions from Ze Fonseca, Moly, @jockorobo, Tom M. Cavalier, Michael Deol and IBM. Retro TV photo courtesy Craig Jewell/

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