Nostalgic Evocations: Defender (Atari 1981)

Defender (1981)

Defender was one of Atari’s most difficult games.  It still finds itself on lists of most difficult video games ever.  It was quite frustrating playing as a kid.  I remember really liking it, but I’m not sure why.  There were better (and easier) games around for a kid.  It was a huge hit in arcades and quickly found its way to the Atari 2600, along with many other systems, like ColecoVision, Intellivision and Commodore 64.

defender2600screen

The object was to defend a planet from alien invaders while protecting the inhabitants from abduction.  If the player fails to protect enough inhabitants, the planet becomes overrun with mutants.  The player is given three lives with the ability to earn more by reaching certain score levels.  There seemed to always be a lot to keep track of while playing.  It was certainly complex for an early eighties Atari game.

s_defender_2.png

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: