Category: shooter

STAR WARS

Star Wars was released circa May 1983 by Atari who also developed the game. Star Wars is  a first person space combat game. The PC version was converted by Parker Brothers who distributed it under Broderbund. Star Wars brings action gaming to the PC. This game was also published in most consoles in the early …

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ASTRO DODGE

Astro Dodge was released on March 10, 1982 by Digital Marketing Corporation who also developed the game. Astro Dodge is a space based shooter. This game was designed by David Gangola. This game was released as shareware which was very common in the early DOS period. The original Atari Asteroids was a world class arcade game. …

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BOSCONIAN

Bosconian was released circa November 1981 by Midway. The game was developed by Namco. Bosconian is a side-scroller action game. The player controls a small fighter ship that can move in eight directions, and can fire both forward and backward. A round consists of a number of green enemy bases that must all be destroyed …

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TEMPEST

Tempest was released circa October 1981 by Atari who also developed the game. Tempest is a tube shooter. Tempest was made with the new Atari quadrascan color vector display. The game also allowed the player to start at a higher level The objective of Tempest is to survive as long as possible and score as many …

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GALAGA

Galaga was released circa September 1981 by Namco/Midway. The game was developed by Namco. Galaga is a fixed shooter. This game is more or less another Space Invaders inspired game,. This game has insect like enemies to shoot. The goal is to rack up points which is typical with arcade games. The player controls a starfighter …

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DEFENDER

Defender was released circa February 1981 by Williams who also developed the game. Defender is a shoot’em-up arcade game. Defender is a two-dimensional side-scrolling shooting game set on the surface of an unnamed planet. This game really developed the genre of side scrolling games for many years. The player controls a space ship as it navigates …

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ASTEROIDS

Asteroids was released circa November 1979 by Atari who also developed the game. Asteroids is a 2D space shooter. The objective of Asteroids is to destroy asteroids and saucers. The player controls a triangular ship that can rotate left and right, fire shots straight forward, and thrust forward. To change direction the player has to think …

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GALAXIAN

Galaxian was released circa October 1979 by Midway. The game was developed by Namco. Galaxian is a 2S shooter. Galaxian is similar to Space Invaders in gameplay. The player moves back and forth and the aliens move back and forth above. In contrast to Space Invaders, Galaxian added an element of drama by having the aliens …

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SPACE INVADERS

Space Invaders was released circa June 1978 by Midway. The game was developed by Taito. Space Invaders is a 2D action shooter. It was originally manufactured and sold by Taito in Japan, and was later licensed for production in the United States by the Midway division of Bally. Space Invaders became such a blockbuster that it …

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