04738451 is referenced by 157 patents and cites 4 patents.

A multi-player, multi-character video game where the game rules force the players to cooperate in negotiating the maze at least until the characters reach a portion of the maze where a specific objective is located. Certain limited resources to change the attributes of the characters or to increase their longevity are displayed in a maze. The players may compete to obtain possession of these limited resources when the characters have cooperated in their movements sufficiently to move to the location of the limited resources. Cooperation among the characters is forced by forcing all characters active in the game to remain visible in the displayed window. Players may enter the game at any time, and they may leave the game at any time without affecting the status of the game or the status of the other characters in the game. All active players may simultaneously, independently control their characters so long as they do not attempt to move their characters outside the currently displayed window.

Title
Multi-player, multi-character cooperative play video game with independent player entry and departure
Application Number
6/865387
Publication Number
4738451
Application Date
May 20, 1986
Publication Date
April 19, 1988
Inventor
George E Logg
Los Altos
CA, US
Agent
Ciotti & Murashige Irell & Manella
Assignee
Atari Games Corporation
IPC
A63F 9/22
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