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Conversion of the early tank destroying game. An impressive achievement on the Atari, that actually improves on the visuals of the arcade machine.
The original Battle Zone is a wire framed arcade machine, where the player controls a tank with two joysticks. These are not recreated of course on the home version.
The idea is to drive around an arena, using a radar on screen to locate enemy tanks, they can then be destroyed with a blast from your tank gun. The player can move forwards and backwards and also spin the tank left and right.
The flying saucers are present, and also the difficult to hit missiles that zig zag towards the player. the pace of the game has not been compromised either, with the screen soon very busy with enemies trying to destroy you. When hit, the screen swaps to static like he camera has been lost.
The arcade uses a first person view, this version has the tank visible at the bottom of the screen. The tanks are not wire frame, instead rather simple filled graphics are used.
This was very different in looks to the arcade, but managed to keep the gameplay very familiar.
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