Q*bert is an arcade video game developed by Gottlieb. It was developed under the project name Cubes, but was named briefly Snots And Boogers and @!#?@!? during development. The object is to change the color of every cube in a pyramid by jumping on top them.
Q*bert is an isometric platform game with puzzle elements where the player controls the titular protagonist from a third-person perspective. The player traverses a pyramid by moving Q*bert diagonally from cube to cube. Landing on a cube causes it to change color, and changing every cube allows the player to progress to the next stage. Later stages require the player to change the color multiple times.
The player is impeded by several enemies: Coily, a purple snake that chases after Q*bert; Ugg and Wrong-Way, purple creatures that run along the sides of the cubes; and Slick and Sam, green, non-lethal gremlins that revert the color changes that have occurred. Other in-game objects include different colored balls that bounce down the pyramid; red balls are lethal to Q*bert, while green ones immobilize the on-screen enemies. A multi-colored disc on either side of the pyramid serves as an escape device from danger, particularly Coily