Three more of the classic arcade games are now available for your
Atari 400/800. They are reviewed here for us by reader HARVEY KONG TIN
who appears to be an avid arcade gamer.
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The Arcade game is at last available for the Atari 400/800 and plays
very much like the arcade - fast action and furious enemies.
Like Airstrike the game is best played with your computer on the
floor, so that your foot controls the very important space bar which in
this case controls your life-saving smart bombs. With this arrangement,
a very responsive joystick (the Wico Command Control is excellent) and
persevered endurance, your scores will climb. For those unfamiliar with
this highly-rated game - your spacecraft moves in four directions with
unlimited fire power, your aim is to protect the humanoids on a
planetoid landscape. There are five types of enemy craft to become
familiar with, which you will need to do to climb to 100,000 points. A
radar screen prepares you for any oncoming hazards as you pass over the
scrolling landscape. Smart bombs obliterate any enemy on the screen
except for their fire. You start off with three and earn an extra one
for each 10,000 points.
The sound didn't sound like the arcade version at first, but after a
while it grows on you and starts sounding familiar. While the graphics
are not sharply defined (but equal to the worst quality arcade machine)
the action and pace is there for anyone hardy enough to enjoy it.
This cartridge is for fans who enjoy defender who are willing to
forgive Atari for being a bit rushed with it.