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System: Atari 2600
Company: Activision
Developer: Cheshire Engineering
Model #: AZ-037
Year of Release: n/a
Media Type: Cartridge
Number of Players: 1
Controller: Atari Joystick
   Dave Rolfe (Programmer)
 North America
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Beamrider - Manual

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Beamrider is a unique take on the 'space ship shooter' theme that was common on the Atari 2600. Most notably is that the game is drawn to look 3-Dimensional, with objects that actually get bigger or smaller depending on how close to you they are. You are the pilot of a starship that must defeat evil aliens which have encased the Earth in a strange field of glowing beams. To do so, you must battle your way through 99 treacherous sectors, with the number of enemies and dangerous objects you must avoid increasing as you progress through the levels. At your disposal is a blaster which can destroy most enemies, and torpedoes which can destroy everything, although you only have a limited number of torpedos per level. The enemy mothership that appears at the end of each sector can only be destroyed with the torpedo, giving you an opportunity to earn extra points. The game seems simple enough, but the challenge is very high, even in this day. Players who made it to Sector 14 or higher and scored at least 40,000 points were eligible to receive a special Beamriders patch from Activision. (Contributed by Larcen Tyler)

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Average Score: 86%

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