Atari 2600 Friday’s #42 – Space Cavern
Prometheus the game?
The Story: Space Adventurers land on a planet and explore it’s caves full of dangerous aliens.
From the Manual: “You are in command of a Mark XIV intergalactic star-cruiser in an uncharted quadrant of outer space. You land on a mysterious planet riddled with a subterranean maze of tunnels and caverns inhabited by savage Electrosauri whose horns generate electro-molecular charges capable of disintegrating you and your crew. Your photon ray pistol is activated by the joystick and the fire button. The iridescent eyes of the electrosauri light the cavern walls with eerie flashes as they stalk you, their horns crackling and sizzling. If even one blast of electro-molecular energy strikes you, your skeleton will glow inside your body as the bio-molecular compounds of your body disintegrate. WARNING: Beware the savage attack of the shaggy marsupods.”
From the Box: “You command an intergalactic star cruiser that has landed on a mysterious planet riddled with smokey caverns inhabited by savage Electrosauri whose horns generate deadly electro-molecular charges. The Electrosauri stalk you, their horns crackling and sizzling. If even one blast of energy strikes you, your skeleton will glow as you disintegrate. “
The Game Play: You start with 4 men and gain another every 20,000 points, with 4 being the max at any time. The game can be played with two players, but they alternate turned. Supposedly there are 48 variations to choose from. Annnnnnnnd, that’s all the information in the manual. I’m assuming this is a shooter going by the screen shot, so lets get started I guess.
The Controls: Joystick Left/Right to move. Down to fire right. Up to fire left. Red Button to fire up.
Post Review: This game is slightly unforgiving, and somewhat easy. The enemy fire can be slightly hard to dodge, but they move in somewhat random predictable ways. I say random because sometimes they would go cray and others just move up and down in one spot. Predictable because My best ‘strategy’ was to stand almost in one spot and shoot up, left or right when an enemy appeared. Speaking of which, you definitely have to watch all three directions, but points only come from those above you. Sometime you can get hit immediately after spawning, so it’s easy to go through all 4 lives quickly depending how you play and your luck. Space Cavern, a shooter that makes you watch 3 different directions…
High Score: 4245