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by Atari
Atari 2600
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B000VUWJ7G
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 7.5 inches ; 6.9 ounces
  • Media: Game Cartridge
  • Release Date: 1981
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,822 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Famed 1981 video game set on a fictional planet where the player must defeat waves of attacking aliens while protecting astronauts. A popular arcade cabinet, this version is for the Atari 2600.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The original Grand Theft Auto. (not really, but read on) December 18, 2012
By jSten
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Defender is a bi-directional scrolling shooter. You can scroll the screen left or right, and fly in either direction.

The object of the game is to prevent aliens from abducting humans. However once the grab one, all is not lost. You can still shoot down that alien before they leave orbit, then pick up the human as it plummets to the ground, and return it safely. This takes a bit of fancy flying to achieve, but it one of the more rewarding parts of the game.

Failure to save the humans results in the destruction of the planet! However, this is not game over. Once this happens you can battle enemies in deep space for a few levels, at which point the Earth magically reappears and the process resets. Wait, what? Just play along.

Fans of the arcade game will remember how many buttons that had. Since 2600 controllers only have one button, some gameplay changes have been made to accommodate this. For example, to use smart bombs fly below the city and fire. Flying low also makes you immune to enemies, which is very important once the difficulty increases and especially during the space battles.

Graphics are decent, however there's a lot of sprite flicker. You'll also notice that your ship disappears when shooting. This is not just a graphical effect, as you are actually immune to damage while your ship is firing. It almost looks like you're not so much shooting things, but jumping into hyperspace and ramming them.

With all that in mind, here we have the original Grand Theft Auto. Wait for an taxi (alien) to pick up a human, then ram them and toss out the human (shoot it with hyperspace ram), then run over the human (pick them up), then toss the body into the river (return them to the surface). Yay, bonus points!
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4.0 out of 5 stars a gem from atari April 6, 2013
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Defender, back in the day this was one of the hottest titles in the arcades..i remember people actually lined up to play this one..i myself included:)

when the atari 2600 version was could now experience all of the action at home...without all the people watching you play.. and the usual.."are you almost finished?" which usually followed by somebody plunking a quarter down as your still playing..

the home port for the 2600..has all the action...the frantic gameplay.. a shooters gem ! everything you need... sure, the graphics are a dinosaur compared to the systems of today..but then again most of the EARLY arcade games wernt all that graphic intensive it all works out on this one.

there was also a port for the 5200..which was a bit better...but somehow didnt flow as well.. Bottom line, if your a retro gamer or collector Atari's Defender should be in it..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heck yea. It works and its Defender. August 16, 2013
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What more could I want. This was shipped out fast and arrived in good condition. It was exactly as described, works great and is still just as fun to play.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars January 25, 2015
By Brian
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pleased wit it all
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