Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Air-Sea Battle (Atari 2600) Review

Air-Sea Battle is a game by Atari and was a launch title for the Atari 2600 in 1977. This game was also sold by Sears under the name TargetFun for the Sears Tele-Games console which was just an Atari 2600 sold by Sears.

As you can see above this game consists of 27 different games. The game has six basic games including anti-aircraft game (you shoot down planes), torpedoes game (you control a sub which shoots up at planes), shooting gallery (things move and you shoot at them),  Polaris game ( you control the speed of a boat while shooting at planes), bomber games (reverse of Polaris game where you control the speed a plane moves at while dropping bombs on ships), and Polaris vs Bomber game (one player controls the Polaris and one has a ship with the goal of destroying your opponent's ship/plane.)

Air-Sea Battle is similar to other Atari 2600 games where you can select a different version of the main games which is where the 27 different games number comes from.

I have to say that I had a good time playing this game. The Atari graphics get the job done as I knew what everything on the screen was supposed to be. The sound was OK, nothing groundbreaking. If you've played Atari games then you'll be familiar with the different noises.

Overall this is a pretty good game. It has numerous modes for you to play with varying difficulty. I think this may be my favorite Atari 2600 game that I've played, so far. As a 40-year-old game I would rate it at an 8 out of 10 and going against today's games a 3 out of 10 which isn't so bad really.

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