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Identify this little-known arcade game?

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I cannot find any references to this game so maybe someone here will recall it:

 

It was a full-sized arcade cabinet with an aircraft-yolk type controller with fire buttons on the tip of the yolk. I seem to recall rubbery handles on the yolk that looked like they came from a kid's bike handlbars. This controlled the player vehicle, which I seem to recall looking like a TIE fighter (or perhaps the enemies were?), turning it moved left and right and pushing into the cabinet moved upwards. There was a deliberate slowness in the motions to make it more difficult.

 

The action took place in a moving graphic that looked like you were flying up the Death Star trench. But you weren't - the game was actually 2D although the perspective use was very clever such that it looked like you were above the surface of a rapidly rotating DS.

 

Enemies would approach from the sides near the top of the display, at the "horizon" of the trench, where they could not be shot. They would then enter and begin approaching you. You shot upward at them. I seem to recall they sometimes laid a barrier of some sort a-la Pleiades?

 

No, this is not any variation of Star Wars. This was a 3rd party product using a B&W television as the monitor. Unfortunately SW related games so polute Google I can't find any trace of it. This would have likely been in the 80/81 time frame. And no, not Juno First, far less advanced.

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Ok, that trench is very similar to what I recall. But the action is very different than what I recall. Weird... normally I have pretty good memory for these things.

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Do you recall where you played this game? Perhaps it was a proto or something?

 

There's also StarStrike. But I don't recall that being in the arcade, only home like on Intellivision.

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On 9/14/2021 at 2:30 PM, Maury Markowitz said:

... aircraft-yolk... yolk....yolk...

It's "yoke".

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7 hours ago, Maury Markowitz said:

Not according to Grammarly, which changes it without telling me.

"Yolk" is the yellow part of an egg.

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On 9/22/2021 at 10:32 PM, Keatah said:

Grammarly is wrong.

 

On 9/23/2021 at 2:59 AM, RJ said:

"Yolk" is the yellow part of an egg.

I think you both missed it.

 

I am fully aware "yolk" is part of an egg. I did not type "yolk", I typed "yoke", and grammarly changed it. This is the problem with auto-correct, but the fact that it is correct 98% of the time makes it worth the occasional confusion like this one.

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