Star Wars: The Arcade Game.

Star Wars: The Arcade Game.

In 1983, Atari released a fantastic vector game to the arcade inspired by Star Wars: A New Hope. The game takes place in the climactic battle to protect Yavin from the Death Star’s super lasers.

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Chopper Command

 

Given the success of Defender in the arcade, it was expected that other companies would develop games along the same lines. Though the 2600 had gotten a port of Defender by Atari, the folks from Activision decided to create a game in the same vein but with their own original twist.

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Centipede

 

In 1981 Atari released into the arcades a rather unique shooter where the player used a trackball to control a sort of ship that was tasked with destroying an oncoming centipede and other bugs (e.g., spiders, fleas, and scorpions). The game became a success which meant ports of the game to home systems, including the 2600.

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Chetiry

 

The Soviet Union is crumbling! Its most brilliant scientists have come up with a plan to dominate the world and save the republic - construction of a gigantic infernal machine. For build it, a vast number of steel beams are required. Unfortunately, the proletariat is drunk with the smell of freedom and will only make twisted steel beams, beams that you must combine as they fall if the master plan is to succeed.

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Cat Trax

 

Meow! What do those dogs want?! Cat Trax is maze game that was clearly inspired by the master of mazes, Pac-Man. In Cat Trax you take the role of a brave cat who is eating catnip spread through a maze while he is chased by three (rabid?) dogs. If any of the dogs touch the cat, they eat him for lunch! The cat is not entirely defenseless, however.

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