Saturday, August 16, 2014

Chopper Command, I am a cadet!! Patch #8 11000 points

Another great Activision game, well described in RetroGaming Round up #75 that is actually based on Activision games, a good podcast for long drives. Somehow the game is familiar to me (and I am not talking about the obvious resemblance to D...R by Atari), but I don't recall buying it

as a kid, perhaps I did, perhaps someone traded it for the mini babybel wax figurine, anyhow it was easy, and it took me only 2 attempts to reach the patch score (10 000 points). I like the speed of the game, and the radar that allows for some tactical approach on enemies. On RetroGaming roundup they mention how this was unique, I don't recall if this was the first radar enabled game, but it certainly was one of the first, and it works great. Knowing a little bit how the 2600 works(read this, it is fascinating), I can't even start to imagine how you would make this work, with a background, 2 objects and 2 missiles sprites. With the amount of games to beat in front of me, I don't think I will necessarily come back, but if I had only a couple of games, I certainly would. I didn't even get to grasp the concept of protecting the trucks, I just shoot everything on the screen, so here must be some tactic to learn and master.
Chopper Command 11 000 points.

GamePatch difficultyGame Rating
FreewayMediumNice game speedy cars, great colors. netter than Frogger 
DragsterMediumWeird game, with 6 seconds gameplay. Super stressful
Laser Blast Very easy Boring and pointless
SkiingMediumScrolling, colors, learning path, awesome game
Pitfall! Very easyClassic, so many screens, animations, colors, it has everything
Kaboom HardAwesome, colors, paddle control, in the zone feeling.
Pitfall IIEasyHuge map, so many screens, colors, sound, awesome
Chopper CommandEasySpeed and colors, such a long road from Tank

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