Phoenix is an arcade action game with gameplay similar to Space Invaders. You are the commander of the Phoenix, and your mission is to reach an alien spaceship which has been draining your planets resources. The ship is guarded by four levels of bird like creatures. After clearing all four stages, the fifth level will be against a large, heavily shielded mothership. If the mothership is destroyed, the game will then repeat, but with increased speed and difficulty. To defeat the numerous enemies, the Phoenix is equipped with a laser cannon and a force field.
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- 2014-08-07 16:51:34
- Shooter / Gallery
- Atari 2600
- Amstar Electronics
- Arcade, Shooter
- Direct control
- Side view
- Amstar Electronics
- Sci-fi / futuristic
- Fixed / flip-screen
- Internet Archive Python library 0.7.0
Subject: Game controls
Make full screen and turn the sound on
left cursor - move left
right cursor - move right
left ctrl - fire
left alt - force wall
5 - insert coin
Start - 1
Move left and right - arrow keys
Fire - ctrl
Subject: Bag of arse
Subject: Plays just as great today!
A cool side note about this game is it was featured in the first episode of a very short lived science fiction TV series of the same name.
Subject: Super fun
Subject: I love this game but...
Subject: A famous bug
Most attractive fact was, that this game has a SW-bug. If in the second screen one moves to the furthest right (without having shot yet) and waits for three bird come down and flatter up, if those upflighing bird are shot in a row one gets 205.000 (twohundredfive thousand) points, which means two or three extra rockets to play with.
We played loads of afternoons ...
Subject: This was my favorite game in 1980
Also this game had a boss. The key is shooting it in the middle and edges. The middle kills it, but the edges are there if you're dodging towards that side, and you can put a hurting on the middle tier of its shield.
My local firehall once had chuck a luck and I would put quarters down and win lots of times, then run into the next room and play Phoenix. It was a good memory of my childhood.
For 1980, there weren't many games as good as Phoenix. Believe it or not, it holds some play value and there are more strategies than aiming, because you want to focus mainly on defense. Play this game and enjoy one of the best games from the dawning of arcades.