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Atari 2600
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  • ASIN: B000VUWJ7G
  • Item Weight: 6.1 ounces
  • Media: Game Cartridge
  • Release Date: 1981
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,484 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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ATARI 2600 VIDEO GAME VERSION. GREAT GAME. ALL-TIME GREAT. RARE HARD TO FIND GAME. GREAT FOR COLLECTORS. Storyline: RESCUE THE HUMANOIDS Earth's "friendship" signals, beamed into deep space and beyond the Milky Way, have attracted extraterrestrial beings, all right, but not the ones we expected. Now wave after wave of warlike Aliens from some unidentified solar system "home in" and attack. In the cockpit of Universal Space Ship Defender, you wait tensely, watching your scanner for approaching aliens. There they are! First comes a lone Bomber, laying space mines. You pick that off with your laser missiles with no trouble. But an innocent-looking Pod ship explodes when you hit it, releasing clusters of missile- splitting Swarmers. Whew! That was close! Now what? Your Scanner shows a convoy of saucer-shaped Baiters coming fast and escorting a squadron of Landers. Space Intelligence has informed you that the Landers' diabolical mission is to kidnap Earth's Humanoids and transform them into hideous flying Mutants programmed to destroy the cities and take over the Earth. In the city below, Humanoids run helter-skelter through the streets like frightened ants. Some cower in doorways, hoping, no doubt, that the Landers will overlook them. No chance! Look! See that terrified Humanoid wriggling helplessly in the force of the Lander beam? No time to lose! Thrust out and blast that Lander with your laser missiles. There! That got him. Now dive down and catch the Humanoid. Hurry! Hurry! He's falling fast! --From the Atari 2600 Defender instruction manual.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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 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 released..you 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 either..so 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 one of the best atari ever made May 23, 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
i remember when i bought a dreamcast one of the first games i purchased for it was a game that had all the old classics like defender.problem was it was terrible it was nothing like the atari version it was much harder for one.and it wasn't even close to feeling like the old defender.it looked good but looks dont mean a better game.its a shame that even with todays technology they couldnt make a better version defender game than an old atari game.this is still the best version to play.i'm not sure if anyone else has tried to make this game besides dreamcast.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Defender July 1, 2009
By M. King
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
This is like any other shooting game on the atari. I do not rember it that much so i cant say much about it. I remember that the graphics r not very good and it is really hard so i stoped playing it a long time ago. It was not a very fun game so i dont know what else to say.
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