Lost In Translation/Nibbler

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Nibbler marquee.
No screen shot.
Nibbler control panel.
Manufacturer Rock-Ola
Released 1982
8-way Joystick
Main CPU M6502 (@ 930.000 kHz)
Sound CPU Mono
Raster (Vertical)
256 x 224 pixels
61.25 Hz
64 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 16 ROMs
51,264 bytes (50.06 KiB)
MAME ID nibbler · nibblera · nibblerb · nibblero

About The Game

Nibbler is a maze-based arcade video game.

You control Nibbler the snake to eat food around the maze. With each food you eat, Nibbler gets bigger. Complete each level by eating all the food on the screen. You lose a life if Nibbler hits his own body.


This is the first game to support a billion point score.

Rock-ola offered a free Nibbler machine to the first player to turn the game over by scoring a billion points. The early favorite was Tom Asaki, who came close but failed in attempts at Twin Galaxies arcade in Ottumwa IA (once when the joystick broke after he scored 793 million points). Tim McVey finally broke the billion-point barrier (he holds the official record for this game with 1,000,042,270 points) after six unsuccessful attempts (he passed out after one of them) and January 28, 1984, was declared Tim McVey day in Ottumwa!


  • Food Item : 10 points x level.
  • Time Bonus : 10 points per remaing on clock x level.

Tips and tricks

  • Nibbler does pause for a split-second when it hits a corner, so use this pause to decide your next turn.
  • Try to collect the items on the inside of the maze first, as you can use the outer edges to move relatively safely when Nibbler is longer.


Designed & Programmed By
Lonnie Ropp

Cabinet and Artwork


Amstrad CPC (1984)
Apple II

The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.