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Stack-Up (Robot Block)


#gm0211 - Developed and Published by Nintendo of America Inc., Ltd., "Stack-Up" was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in October of 1985. This is the rare five screw NES game that has become a highly sought after cartridge because it contains a Famicom to NES Game converter inside. Gammers value these converters because they allow you to play Japanese Famicom NES games in the U.S. NES version. Stack up is a Educational, Strategy, Puzzle-Solving game for use with the Robotic Operating Buddy or R.O.B. This game can be played in several different modes.

Direct Mode: The player begins by arranging the blocks in a standard starting pattern (red, white, blue, yellow and green top-to-bottom on tray #3), and is given a randomly chosen pattern they should be rearranged into by entering commands for ROB one at a time. Once the goal is achieved, the player must press start to inform the game. Score is then calculated based on the time and number of moves taken, and the game moves onto the next phase, for which the starting point is the previous phase's ending position. Phases grow increasingly complicated to execute as the player progresses. Play continues until a block is dropped. The score at that time is the final score, and the player must return to the menu screen by pressing select.

Memory Mode: Like Direct mode, except that rather than entering commands one at a time, the entire sequence of commands must be programmed in advance. R.O.B. goes through the program all at once. Once the sequence has run its course, the player presses start to move on to the next phase or select to return to the main menu. Scoring is the same as in direct mode, with the time score derived from the time taken to enter the commands, not the time taken to execute the program.

1 Player Bingo Mode: Like the other single-player modes, the player progresses through phases by moving the blocks from one arrangement to another, but in this mode block colors are irrelevant, and the difficulty is derived from the method used to control R.O.B. The screen (as seen in image above) is occupied by a 5x5 bingo board that Professor Hector hops around on. Rows on the bingo board correspond to R.O.B. commands: and when a row is completed, the command is executed. The computer controlled enemies Spike and Flipper roam about, and touching either one will send Professor Hector flying back to the starting position. Spike wanders randomly, but Flipper moves in straight lines from one side of a row to another, activating and deactivating spaces wherever he lands, potentially sending undesired commands to R.O.B. The game ends when a block is dropped.

2 Player Bingo Mode: In this mode, only Professors Hector and Vector occupy the bingo board, competing to send commands to R.O.B., with the goal in mind that player 1 wants more blocks to R.O.B.'s left, and player 2 wants more blocks to R.O.B.'s right. The game begins with three blocks in the middle, and one block to either side.

Because of the Famicom to NES conversion cartridge option, this game is becoming harder and harder to find. Stack-Up is the second of two games in Nintendo's Robot Series, the other being Gyromite. In some circles Stackup is known as "Robot Block," which is also the title on the game screen. Pre-owned - Includes Game Only - ESRB Rating N/A - UPC: 45496630164 - Rarity Rating A - Stack Up Review.

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This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 08 March, 2014.

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