Missile command – Arcade

0000The year is 1980. The date, 21st of December .. Judgement day!

Atari. Remember the name? Allow me to elaborate. In the late 70’s, a games company was formed which would dominate the video games industry. Releasing classics such as ‘Centipede’, ‘Asteroids’ and ‘Battlezone’. All masterpieces back in the day which would stand the test of time, however the arcade classic under the spotlight here is ‘Missile Command’. In a time of cold war tensions between east and west reaching a dangerous peak, the threat of nuclear war was in the in the minds and fears of the worlds population. Atari took this paranoia and transformed it into a video game which would invade all arcades and home systems.

0001The dynamic of ‘Missile ‘Command’ is a simple yet deadly idea, defending cities against the threat of nuclear warheads, raining in from the skies above. Controlling crosshairs, using the trackball method in the arcades, your best form of defence is to fire volleys of rockets at the crosshair, which detonate upon destination, this is no simple task however as the missiles stream down, locked onto targets below.

0007Firing into the flight path is key and detonating so the blast radius would destroy the inter continental threat. “Ammunition!” An essential part of gameplay as three rocket stations are the only thing in your arsenal between Armageddon and a safe future, use sparingly and accurately, once depleted these aren’t replaced until the threat is vanquished and the next wave is reached.

With new waves comes new weapons of mass destruction, Jet fighters, Satellites and Smart missiles, all with the singular intention of destruction of the population below. As enemy missiles get faster and splinter into multiple targets, a quick and steady aim is needed here as once the cities are destroyed ..

Unless of course you are victorious after several waves and bonus cities are built.

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So turn the keys… Enter the fail-safe codes… Program your targets…! The future of Mankind rests on your shoulders!

Review by Rob Joy.