When I returned to classic gaming, one of the first games I
found was Zaxxon for the Colecovision. I remember that this was
one of the games that made me buy a Colecovision because I was
such a fan of it at the arcades. Well, after playing the Coleco
version, I started to think I dreamed it all. It wasn't that big
a deal and I wonder if it was just the excitement of youth that
made this such a big deal to me. Well, I waited until I had a
complete version of the game on MAME before really giving it a
try. The early versions had no sound and the colors were off.
This didn't help recapture any of the passion I had for this
game. Then they fixed it and I tried it again. Will it be
different this time?
Before I answer the question, let me say that until I played the
silent version of Zaxxon and now the version that has all the
sound, I really didn't appreciate how crucial sound can be to a
game. It was always something I have taken for granted. But
after playing the full version of the game, I was instantly
hooked! The sounds in Zaxxon are among the richest and most
exciting of the classic era. From the lasers to the
ascending/descending of your ship, this game is full of
wonderful sounds. It adds a whole dimension to the game! I found
myself dying too often, because I was overwhelmed by the sounds.
I turned those speakers way up and just immersed myself in it. I
was a teenager again!
For anyone in the dark about the game of Zaxxon, it is a simple
game. You are a ship that attacks these large space ships and
try to destroy a set amount of ships. When you achieve this, you
get to go and battle one of the first "bosses" in gaming. It is
a big robot with some serious fire power.
The game features both
attacks on the immense ships and also space battles. There are
numerous things to dodge, like electrified fences, laser turrets
and other ships. The game features a pseudo 3D look that was
quite revolutionary for the time.
It was nice to finally reconnect with the feelings that
originally attracted me to this game. Sometimes we don't realize
how good something is until we play an inferior version.
This is just a review of the arcade machine.
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