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Squish'em featuring Sam lets you assume the role of the title character, a man obsessed with climbing to the top of a 48-story building. Why is our hero so willing to risk life and limb scaling a dauntingly high skyscraper? Adventure? Romance? Suicidal tendencies? Wrong, wrong and wrong. The answer lies in sheer greed; at the top of the building lies a suitcase full of money!
As you guide Sam up the side of the building, Creeping Creatures that crawl along the ledges will get in your way. You can jump over them or squish them flat. After avoiding or stomping on a creature, you should climb on up to the next floor. A squished, temporarily harmless creature will soon turn white and resume crawling. White creatures can be jumped over, but not squished.
In addition to encountering creatures, you must keep on the lookout for falling objects. Bricks, hammers, tires, motors, dynamite, fire hydrants, television sets and sinks can bonk you on the head and knock you off the building. At some point along the way, you can pick up a prize that will give you a bonus life. You begin the game with four lives and can earn up to 128 in reserve.
Sam is a climbing man, but he's also verbose. When he squishes a creature he says "SQUISH'EM!" If he gets clocked by a creature or is conked on the head by a falling object, he lets out a "WHOOPS!" If he manages to snag a prize, he'll say "WOW!" After scaling the building and collecting his monetary reward, he gleefully shouts "MONEY, MONEY, MONEY!"
The playfield in Squish'em featuring Sam scrolls vertically. You cannot move downward. Once you have scaled a building and grabbed your cash, you will parachute down to street level and start the process all over again on another 48-story building (and another, and another...). As you progress from building to building, the Creeping Creatures get taller, harder to squish, quicker and more difficult to avoid. Also, the falling objects move faster and faster. ~ Brett Alan Weiss, All Game Guide