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Videomania

Videomania
Videomania

SystemVIC-20
Cartridge1

Creative Software

VIC-20

Release Date: 1/1/1982
Manufacturer: Creative Software
 
Tom Griner wrote many many great games on the humble VIC and then went on to write the awesome port of Robotron :2084 for the Commodore 64.

Playing Videomania, you can see where the inspiration came from as it’s has elements of Robotron, Berzerk and I guess Asteroids.

The object of the game is to survive…survive and shoot everything.

The single game field see your space hero trapped in an asteroid field full of alien meanies. Three types to be exact. First there’s the evil eyes that bounce around the screen in a predictable trajectory. Then there’s the spinning X shaped ‘walwokers’ that are less predictable and can be quite tricky to dodge or hit, and finally there’s the ‘Killerbox’ who will hone in on you just like Otto from Berzerk.

Graphically, it might not look much but the sprites are well drawn, smoothly animated and enhanced by the dark backdrop which makes everything look very colourful as they bounce around the screen.

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