[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Rear Guard

April 18th, 2011 by Benj Edwards

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[ From Compute!, June 1982, p.25 ]

Discussion Topic of the Week: What’s your favorite 2D space shooter of all time?

16 Responses to “[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Rear Guard”

  1. Brian Says:

    Of all time? Probably Space Dual.

  2. Brian Says:

    Sorry, typo: Space Duel.

  3. EdNixxon Says:

    Parsec for the TI99-4A

  4. XCALIBR8 Says:

    I’d have to say Phoenix for the Atari 2600 ranks up there for classics. Overall Life Force for the NES. Great conversion of an excellent game.

  5. Ed Finkler Says:

    MUSHA Aleste for Genesis/Mega Drive. Man that was a great game.

  6. XCALIBR8 Says:

    Agreed on MUSHA. The Thunderforce series on Genesis is up there for me too. I can’t just pick one.

  7. lilimist Says:

    Skramble for the C64. That was wicked. And R-Type for the SNES.

  8. DNA Says:

    Does Solar Jetman count? (NES)

  9. planetheidi Says:

    Aww man, this was the first game I ever bought.

  10. ChasBeau Says:


  11. ChasBeau Says:

    Sorry ’bout the re-post. Dang it… My clever use of the ‘less than’ sign in my previous post caused the balance of the post not to appear. Bummer.

    Asteroids is my response, hands down. Certainly the coin-op, but also (perhaps especially) the Atari 2600 version.

    I lasciviously awaited the arrival of the cartridge in our house. I recall saying to my Mom, ” I can use it to practice for getting the 99,990 points high score. AND think of all of the quarters I will save!”

  12. Xyzzy Says:

    It had been so long that I had to dig the disk out, but my favorite was Repton. I don’t remember it terribly well, just that it was fun enough that even though I never lasted all that long, I kept trying over and over and over.

    Here’s a page on it with a GIF animation showing the demo/instructions:
    (I had it for the Apple II, but aside from the usual color differences they seem to be the same.)

  13. Jason Says:

    My favorite 2D space shooter would have to be Life Force or Gradius for the NES. E.D.F., Gradius III and Super R-Type for the SNES weren’t bad either.

  14. roflmao Says:

    That’s a good question. I’d probably have to go with Spriggan 1 or Soldier Blade for the PC-Engine. R-type was up there as well. Loved it on both the Turbografx-16 and the Sega Master System (as well as the arcade).

  15. arlandi Says:

    Raiden for the arcade. although i’m not good at playing arcade in general, i love watching people play them.

  16. GFreemanPHD Says:

    What’s your favorite 2D space shooter of all time? Space Raiders for the Atari 400/800 published 1979. It was the reason I bought an Atari 400 in 1980. Not sure it qualifies since it was more 3D then 2D. This 360 degree first person shooter [You could be attacked from the rear.] had elements from Star Trek, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica. In 2007, it was included in a list of the 10 most important video games of all time.

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