Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Retro Review: Defender Atari 5200

You're the Captain of the Spaceship Defender, and your mission is to save the humanoids from alien abduction. Use your radar scanner, smart bombs, and hyperspace power to protect the planet from alien assault. If the aliens successfully abduct the humanoids, the humanoids mutate, joining the alien forces. You must act quickly to prevent total destruction of your planet.
I got Defender for my 9th birthday for the Atari 5200, the graphics and sound effects were far better than the 2600 version. Compared to todays games like Ace Combat, and H.A.W.X it is primative but the game is the forefather of side scrolling shooters. Defender had some unique features that make it a classic and an innovator for future games, features such as the mini map at the top of the screen that showed your current relative location on the map, the abilty to change directions, and the fact that the player had multiple objectives...shoot the aliens and or rescue the juicy colonists daughters. These features would be incorporated in future games such as Gradius, Soviet Strike, R-Type.