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Red Baron - June 6, 2000 by BMan2
Game:Red BaronCompany:Atari
Type:ShooterPlayers:1

The 1980's were a revelation for video games. New ideas were being developed - and boundaries were being crossed and broken by the major video game companies such as Atari. Which is why Red Baron must have seemed like a good idea at the time...
Red Baron is a vector based game - that within the confines of its hardware, does an admirable job of representing a quasi first person perspective of flying a World War I biplane, and dogfighting against other planes. However - the praise ends there. Because apart from the initial look - everything about Red Baron FEELS wrong.
You are thrown into the game - and my guess is that your mission is to shoot everything that moves. Planes will appear in front of you - and you must shoot them with your cannon before they get behind you and repeat the dose. Balloons will then start appearing as well as gun emplacements on the rather jerkily updated hillside. Eventually, these objects will also start shooting at you - which is almost a welcome relief - as the repetition of lining up and shooting almost inanimate objects grated on me for quite some time.
Is there more of a point to the game? I don't know - I couldn't bear it after 10 minutes of playing - but feel free to tell me if I'm missing something special. Although this game was made in 1980 - it lacks the feeling of a game that's been truly played - and rather looks like an early vector demo that you have a hand in controlling.
Controlling the MAME version of this game is just as precarious - with the mouse not giving you much chance of alignment and other devices being either too sketchy or too inaccurate. Adding to the frustration is the audio of the game - which again - either to the limitations of the hardware - or the sheer inadequacy of the whole game is sloppy. The beeps and twangs keep the game from being totally silent - but really don't give any extra emphasis to the whole experience.
Overall, I'm probably being a bit harsh on the game - but Atari has a much better game a few years later in Star Wars - and this game isn't really worthy of mentioning in the same sentence.
Graphics
2
10
Sound
Play Control
10
2
Challenge
Replay Value
10
2
Performance

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