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- Zaxxon -

Zaxxon was an extremely popular game back when it was released in the arcades. It was not the standard side or up-scrolling shooter but instead it introduced a 3D view where you move in every direction. The game makes good use of this because there are obstacles like walls and energyfields that you must avoid by flying high over or through them while many of the enemies are on the ground. You could simply fly over most of the enemies except that you run out of fuel faster while flying high and the fueltanks which you must destroy to increase your fuelsupply are located on the ground.

At the end of each level you fly out of the mazelike levels and enter free space where you will be faced with enemy ships. You have to destroy a set number of them to complete the level and go on to the next. Each level becomes more and more difficult with more enemies and forcefields which you can only avoid by doing some precision flying.
The Intellivision and Atari 2600 version show the game from behind your ship and lose much of the 3D look and feel of the game. The others use the original view from the side and back with the C64 version being the best.
It might not look like much these days but Zaxxon is a great classic game.

Overal rating: 7/10

Erde Kaiser




This game was released for several different systems here are some notes:
Apple Released in 1983.
Game has been tested but not completed with the ActiveGSapp R4.
Although on a more powerfull platform the game doesn't look like it.
To start the game in the emu you must insert it in slot S6D1 and you must set the startupdisk to be nr.6 in the control panel. You can find the option by starting the emu and pressing CTRL-ALT-ESC, select slots and you can set it there.
Atari 2600 Released in 1982.
Game has been tested but not completed with Stella v1.4.1.
This has the view from the back but sadly this makes the game less playable.
Atari 5200 Released in 1984.
Unlike the Atari 2600 this uses the same view like the original version. The graphics are not as detailed as the others though.
C64 Released in 1984.
Game has been tested but not completed with CCS64 v2.0 win.
This is pretty much arcade perfect, a term often used in those days to sell games.
Colecovision Released in 1982.
Game has been tested but not completed with KOLEKO v1.21.
Almost equal to the C64 one.
DOS Released in 1984.
Game has been tested but not completed on a DOS PC.
Runs way to fast on anything faster than a 386 so either slow down the game or play it on a slow PC. Also the controls are no good, it can only register one buttonpress at a time so you can't move and shoot at the same time making the game unplayable.
Intellivision Released in 1982.
Game has been tested but not completed with Bliss Java v1.61.
The same as the Atari 2600 one.
ZX Spectrum Released in 1985.
Game has been tested and completed with emuZwin v2.5.
The layout of the screen is somewhat different than the others but it plays the same.

Date added Dec-10-2004 18:55
Name Zaxxon
Developer Sega
Publisher U.S. Gold
First released 1982
Genre Action
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Download Apple, filesize: 38 Kb
Atari 2600, filesize: 5 Kb
Colecovision, filesize: 15 Kb
Commodore 64, filesize: 19 Kb
Intellivision, filesize: 8 Kb
MS-DOS, filesize: 10 Kb
ZX Spectrum, filesize: 23 Kb
Links
Manual Download manual , filesize: 416 Kb
Zip contains a scanned manual from the Atari 5200.
Solve / Docs No solve available
No extra docs available
 

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