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AtariXE

Zaxxon

Zaxxon
GenreShoot em Up
DeveloperSEGA
PublisherDatasoft
Released1985
Rating
Graphics:8.0
Sound:8.0
Gameplay:8.0
Overall:8.0
Reviewed byndial
Zaxxon is a 1982 isometric shoot' em up, game developed and released by Sega for the arcades, and later ported to the Atari 8bit, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, TRS-80 and other systems. The game is unique as it was the first to employ axono-metric projection, that gave its name to the game (AXXON from AXONo-metric projection), and also the first video game to display shadows that indicate the ship's altitude above the surface!
 
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ZaxxonSTORY / GAMEPLAY
You mission is to fly your spaceship through heavily defended fortresses in space, and hit as many ground or airborne targets as possible without being shot down or running out of fuel. At the end of each fortress, there is an outer space segment in which you just flying through hordes of alien ships trying to shoot them down before getting successfully to the next fortress. Throughout each fortress you can replenish you fuel, but there are a lot of walls that have openings that the ship must be at the right altitude to pass through. So, watch your altimeter constantly, and ascent or descent accordingly to avoid trouble. Your ship cannot move forward or backward, but flies at constant speed moving left to right or up-down (altitude only).
The game is pretty fun to play, controls are responsive, though you need to get used to this axonometric projection of the game in order to master its controls.
The action is fun, mindless and absorbing, and the huge range of enemies and bonus pods keeps it that way for hours.

GRAPHICS / SOUND
Technically the game is great, and the graphics detail the color usage, and its smooth scrolling are certainly pretty impressive, despite the 8bit hardware limitations. Sprites are rather basic in detail, but the rest of the scene detail is pretty good.
The sound is also good, having the original (arcade) introductory theme while there are several sound effects of the standard boom type explosive noises.
 
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Hardware information

Atari XL/XE

Atari XL/XECPU: MOS Technology 6502C (1.79MHz for NTSC / 1.77MHz for PAL)
MEMORY: 16Kb, 64Kb to 128Kb RAM (600XL, 65XE/1200XL/800XL, 130XE respectively), 16-32Kb ROM
GRAPHICS: Upto 16 colors on screen at 160x192 or 2 colors at 384x240 (overscan) from an 128 to 256 color palette (the last available only on GTIA chip found in later than the old 400/800 models).
SOUND: (POKEY custom chip) sound generator of 4 voices, 3.5 octaves, capable for polyphonic music and sound effects.
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The Atari XL/XE (default) color palette
256-color palette with 16 on-screen (for GTIA chip based models)
 
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