Retro Scan of the Week: Freaky Caterpillar Ships, 12 O’Clock!

July 17th, 2006 by Benj Edwards
Galaxian 2600

Sure, you’ve probably seen this picture before — it’s the cover of the Atari 2600 version of Galaxian.

But look again. Have you really seen this picture? Have you ever stopped and thought about what’s actually going on here?

No, I’m not going to tell you, because I have no idea either. But the commenter with the best description wins a free chocolate donut.

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13 Responses to “Retro Scan of the Week: Freaky Caterpillar Ships, 12 O’Clock!”

  1. JadeAuto Says:

    Attack of the Gigantous Green Larvae from Grabuolous VII!

  2. FernandoLx Says:

    For those who need some refreshing and trivia, like I did:

  3. gnome Says:

    Actually, it’s an omen. A prophecy if you like. Can’t say much more… Sorry.

  4. Jurgi/Tristesse/Atari8.Info Says:

    Damn! It’s me, this one on the right side in the second ship! How did you know?! 😮

  5. MegaKitsune Says:


  6. gnome Says:

    Of course it isn’t…

  7. Maggot Says:

    It’s escape of the Maggots from the Pus filled Zit!

    mag·got ( P ) Pronunciation Key (mgt)
    The legless, soft-bodied, wormlike larva of any of various flies of the order Diptera, often found in decaying matter

    pus ( P ) Pronunciation Key (ps)
    A generally viscous, yellowish-white fluid formed in infected tissue, consisting of white blood cells, cellular debris, and necrotic tissue.

    zit ( P ) Pronunciation Key (zt)
    n. Slang
    A pimple.

  8. DootDootDootdoo Says:

    Where’s the propulsion system on those things?

  9. RedWolf Says:

    Has anybody noticed that they’re flying dangersously close to the sun?

  10. Sharktar Says:

    Show some respect to one of the best games ever! It is obvious that the picture depicts the next stage of American SUV Concept vehicles. Only problem is, SUV’s rarely have more than one person in them.

  11. Xerone Says:

    Yeah, I noticed that earlier. Well, I came up with this.

    ‘After many hours of driving in circles, Gala’s wife finally got him to stop for directions. Sadly, the Sun is not a great place to get directions.’

  12. maximilion Says:

    I’ve really got it.

    Those are obviously green lobotomized robotsperms running _away_ from the egg, realizing they’re in a human womb! They’re smiling because their father robot was made in Japan.

  13. RedWolf Says:

    I think I’ll have to award Sharktar with the chocolate donut this time around. Good work, all! 🙂

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