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Defender - December 2, 2000 by D@Z
Game:DefenderCompany:Williams
Type:ShooterPlayers:1/2

With pac-man and space invaders around in the early 80`s Williams had to come up with something to match the opposition and they did. Designed and programmed by Eugene Jarvis, Larry DeMar,Sam Dicker,and Paul Dussault defender was born!
You know when you play some games and wonder where the time has gone,well here is one of them. This horizontal shooter had me hooked from the first credit I banged in. Weapons include a lazer beam as you main weapon,3 smartbombs for blowing everything away on the screen a handy hyperspace to get you out of there ultra fast and when you see your ship get blown up with a great graphical effect you have 2 more on standby.
Your mission to save the humanoids from the evil aliens who are attacking the planet. The green lander is the only alien that could take you humaniods in to there crafts and if they do they become mutants and become a bit more tricky to destroy.Watch out,if they get all of your humanoids the planet self destructs into a million pixels and all hell breaks out,so keep your eye on your scanner at the top of the screen!
But wait they are more enemies to destroy,first the briter,a wild green flying saucer that darts around the screen like a ferret up a trouser leg! Then there is the bomber,a pink and blue squared object that has you hitting the hyperspace trying to avoid it. The pod is one of the worst one`s,an innocent looking ball until..you blast it open and loads of little swarmers come out of it going crazy and only having one thing on there minds,destroying you,don`t say I did`nt warn you!(good time to use a smartbomb)
With very cool sound and great visual effects for its year defender really was and still is a fantastic game to play,if you`ve played it in the arcade`s or in mame you will know what I mean,it is well emulated and not just in mame,the only down side is you have got 5 buttons and a joystick to control but you get used to it after a while.If you are struggling in mame,download the history.dat file and give it a read for hints and tips.
Graphics
8
9
Sound
Play Control
6
9
Challenge
Replay Value
8
9
Performance

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