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The objective is to change the colour of every cube in a pyramid by making the on-screen character hop on top of the cube while avoiding obstacles and enemies.
The game is played using a single, diagonally mounted four-way joystick. The player controls Q*bert, who starts each game at the top of a pyramid made of 28 cubes, and moves by hopping diagonally from cube to cube. Landing on a cube causes it to change colour, and changing every cube to the target colour allows the player to progress to the next stage.
At the beginning, jumping on every cube once is enough to advance. In later stages, each cube must be hit twice to reach the target colour. Other times, cubes change colour every time Q*bert lands on them, instead of remaining on the target colour once they reach it. Both elements are then combined in subsequent stages. Jumping off the pyramid results in the character's death.
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