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#1 Bobbety_F OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:14 PM

I realise that this is a game I had no business being unaware of...but I was, and I just lost the best part of Saturday to it...and I couldn't be happier to have done so:-) I became determined to reach the 40,000 needed for the Activision patch, despite knowing that I'd never actually receive one in 2017! I didn't get there, and the more I played after my highest score (around the 30,000...ish), the worse I became. After playing, I Googled around a bit, and discovered that this game is considered fairly easy...and 40, 000 therefore pretty easy to reach. Ah well...I still had an absolute blast with it.

 

Are there any more 2600 shooters as awesome as this that I should know about!?

 

 

This gameplay is emulated on the Android emulator, through the Nvidia Shield TV. I have the real cart (minus packaging) in my Amazon basket, but am holding off final purchase in case this wasn't released in Pal territories. Anyone know for certain?  

 

https://youtu.be/w0xEDxelN0g



#2 AtariLeaf OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:24 PM

Its a great game an absolute favorite of mine. 



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Posted Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:29 PM

One of my favorites as well.  When you get into that Spider Fighter zone - awesome...



#4 Bobbety_F OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:33 PM

You've really nailed it, calling it the 'zone'!I haven't played a shooter for years, literally years, that got my focus like this one! 



#5 DrVenkman OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:39 PM

I never had this one as a kid. I just discovered it myself about 18 months ago. My high score is about 120,000 or so - to me, the hardest part of the game is between about 18,000 and 30,000 points. I can't really get into a flow in that early/middle sort of action. After about 30,000 I am totally in the zone. :)



#6 AtariBuff OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:43 AM

Bought Spider Fighter as a kid in favour of Megamania that day, if I remember correctly. What a furious blast this game is - a great, speedy shooter with nice graphics. 



#7 KaeruYojimbo OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:41 AM

Lead is a pretty amazing homebrew shooter you might like.


Edited by KaeruYojimbo, Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:42 AM.


#8 davyK OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:58 PM

Spider Fighter is a great game though I found it a bit easy when I was young....not so much now!

 

Another shooter I really like is Solar Storm by Imagic that uses the paddles!



#9 Bobbety_F OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:39 PM

Will be checking all of these out at the weekend - thanks for the suggestions, guys:-)



#10 G-type OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:23 PM

Robot Tank is sort of a shooter... I'm hooked on it.



#11 Flojomojo OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:55 PM

Yes on Spider Fighter. Beamrider is another game I ignored back in the day but really shouldn't have. 



#12 davyK OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:16 PM

Beamrider is a great shout.  I was a huge fan of Megamania back in the day as it reminded me of the great Astro Blaster by Sega. I still feel it holds up well today.


Edited by davyK, Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:17 PM.


#13 Atarian7 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:59 AM

I like Spider Fighter a lot.  I played it for the Activision Patches challenge that was here on Atari Age this past summer.    I finally made it to 40,000.   30 to 40 seemed easier than 20 to 30. 

My experience is similar to DrVenkman's.

 

I think GORF is a great shooter.   It's  a game I would have never played if not for the High Score Club.


Edited by Atarian7, Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:02 AM.


#14 Cynicaster OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:59 AM

M-Network Astroblast using paddle controls is probably one of the most underrated shooter experiences on the system, IMO.



#15 Bobbety_F OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:56 AM

I'm now the proud owner of a real Spider Fighter cartridge, which feels great to play with a genuine Atari joystick (as painful as it is;-)) Tomorrow, a package should arrive containing paddles and a trackball, so I should be able to try Astroblast and the other suggestions the way they were meant to be played...If I can find the carts:)

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Posted Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:54 AM

I liked Spider Fighter but when I bought it bitd, on my first go I lasted for over an hour before I had to switch the console off. I thought I might have had it on a children's setting, but no. Even now I find it too easy because too many extra lives are awarded. Shame really.

#17 Bobbety_F OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:57 PM

I liked Spider Fighter but when I bought it bitd, on my first go I lasted for over an hour before I had to switch the console off. I thought I might have had it on a children's setting, but no. Even now I find it too easy because too many extra lives are awarded. Shame really.

 

You are a Spider Fighter Master, sir! And I like the Wittertainment reference that is your sig:-)



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Posted Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:41 AM

You are a Spider Fighter Master, sir! And I like the Wittertainment reference that is your sig:-)

Ahh, Wittertainment, keeps me sane on a Friday afternoon and also the following monday listening to the podcast edition. I don't always agree with Kermode's reviews (Sing was dull imo), but I enjoy listening to them nontheless, especially his rants and particularly the ones against Micheal Bay films.

Edited by Lord Innit, Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:41 AM.


#19 Bobbety_F OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Apr 1, 2017 7:34 AM

Ahh, Wittertainment, keeps me sane on a Friday afternoon and also the following monday listening to the podcast edition. I don't always agree with Kermode's reviews (Sing was dull imo), but I enjoy listening to them nontheless, especially his rants and particularly the ones against Micheal Bay films.

I have a real backlog of episodes at the minute, but I'm hoping to have a binge soon!



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Posted Sun May 14, 2017 5:39 AM

I've finally reached 40, 000 on Spider Fighter (unemulated), and recorded it for posterity:-)

 

https://youtu.be/BiTRpyfJb0E

 






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