Single-player video game
| Scrolling shooter|
Jeff Minter, Llamasoft
| Commodore 64, Atari 8-bit family, ZX Spectrum, Commodore VIC-20|
Jeff Minter, Llamasoft, Mastertronic, Human Engineered Software, Salamander Software
Jeff Minter games, Shoot 'em up games
Attack of the Mutant Camels is a surrealist computer game released for the Commodore 64 and Atari 8-bit computers in 1983 by Jeff Minter's Llamasoft. It is a horizontally-scrolling shooter.
Attack of the Mutant Camels Wikipedia
The player controls a small jet plane and has the task of killing giant yellow camels before they reach the home base. Doing so requires several dozens of shots. The camels retaliate by shooting fireballs from their mouth.
Each camel required several shots to destroy; if a camel reached the base, the game was over. Once all camels on a level had been killed, the player had to survive a "hyperspace" sequence which required avoiding high-speed missiles. Upon successful completion, the next level presented a new wave of camels, with slightly harder gameplay.
The game is similar to the Atari 2600 game The Empire Strikes Back (1982), with AT-AT walkers replaced by giant camels.
Llamasoft produced a sequel, Revenge of the Mutant Camels, in 1984.
Confusingly, a very different game from Jeff Minter's Gridrunner series was also released in the US under the name Attack of the Mutant Camels.
In 2011, Attack of the Mutant Camels was chosen to be featured in the Smithsonian Institution's "The Art of Video Games" exhibit.
In 2012 the assembly language source code of the Konix version of the game was released on GitHub.