Mad Planets (Arcade)

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A space shooter with a twist: instead of the usual fare of invading aliens or hostile ships, you face off against actual planets, complete with projectile moons and a chip on their shoulder. As each attack wave begins, the pissed-off celestial bodies zoom in from afar, brandish their orbiting moons, and try to hurl them at your ship. Planets are protected against your shots, until all their moons are destroyed; at this point, they go mad (visible as a bright orange glow) and attempt to ram you to death.

The ship is free to move throughout the screen, using separate controls for movement and rotation. If you wipe out all the planets while they're still growing in size (before they acquire their moons), you're awarded the "perfect round" bonus, which varies from level to level. After every three rounds comes a bonus stage, where your job is to pick up drifting astronauts while avoiding comet collisions.

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Mad Planets Arcade Round 1: pick 'em off as they zoom in
Mad Planets Arcade A close encounter gone wrong
Mad Planets Arcade The stellar neighborhood is getting crowded
Mad Planets Arcade Planets are bulletproof as long as they have their satellites

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Trivia

Commodore 64 Version

A Commodore 64 version was written but was turned down by various companies including Virgin and Quicksilva as it had no story. This led to the game Crazy Comets to be written and released with a sequel also released called Mega-Apocalypse. A C64 version of Mad Planets does exist and can be played, with the game found with an issue of Commodore Zone.
vileyn0id_8088 (17313) added Mad Planets (Arcade) on Oct 06, 2014