Spite & Malice (C64 and Atari 8-Bit, 5 1/4" Disk) Cosmi - 1986 USA, Canada Release

From Eli's Software Encyclopedia
Spite & Malice
Packaging cover Spite & Malice.
Product ID 22787-31340
Product UPC 022787313401
Platform(s) C64 and Atari 8-Bit
Packaging Retail Box
Media 5 1/4" Disk
Copyright date 1986
Publisher(s) Cosmi
Category(s) Entertainment, Traditional, Board Games
Country of Origin United States of America

Description from the packaging.

Spite and Malice is a most human game: enjoyable, frustrating, surprising and rewarding. Our reasoning ability is estimated to be somewhere between checkers and chess - and so is the challenge of Spite and Malice. Suffer and enjoy the sudden reversals of fortune caused by the subtle strategies in this popular game.

You choose your playing color and vie against the computer at one of its eight levels of skill. Once you are engrossed in play, you realize that Spite and Malice is only a name. The computer plays hard, but not with such emotions - or does it? Will you?


  • Joystick or keyboard play.
  • Choose first or second move.
  • Eight levels of challenge.
  • Suggests moves (coaches).
  • Replay any and all moves.
  • Automatic scoring.
  • Colorful board and pieces.
  • Change sides during play.
  • Change levels during play.
  • Contemplated moves revealed.
  • Save/Load games to replay.
  • Audible move signal.

Spite and Malice automatically set up the board in the starting position. Played with pieces colored white on one side and black on the other, score by "trapping" your opponent's pieces and "flipping" them to your color. Your opponent does the same to you. Most completed games use every square of the 64-square (8x8) board.

The winner is determined by counting which color occupies the most squares at the end of the game. If the count is 34 white to 30 black, White wins by four.

Enclosed manual explains play and strategy, and a glossary of terms.

System Requirements

Atari 8-Bit
Required RAM 48K
Required RAM 64K

Box Scans

Retail Box cover Spite & Malice. Retail Box back Spite & Malice.



Package Contents




Cheats or Easter Eggs

Technical Notes