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Missile Command (Atari 2600)

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Description

Aliens from the planet of Krytol are attacking your cities!! As the commander of a missile base, it is your responsibility to defend them. A variety of enemy weapons and planes will be incoming trying to destroy the six cities at the bottom of the screen. You need to fire missiles to destroy the incoming weapons. If anything gets through, one of your cities could be destroyed. When all of the cities are gone, the game is over. On each level you have a limited amount of ammo, so make sure most (if not all) of your shots are accurate or you could run out of ammo and leave your cities at risk! As the levels progress, there are more and more enemy weapons to destroy which come in at an increasingly faster rate.

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Missile Command Atari 2600 A game in progress
Missile Command Atari 2600 Defending your cities!
Missile Command Atari 2600 The game in black and white mode

Alternate Titles

  • "Comando de Mísseis" -- Brazilian title

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User Reviews

80's Cold War paranoia manifest it'self into a insanely fun game ! DANIEL HAWKS ! (1928) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
All-Time-Favorite JoeHamburg (5) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

The Press Says

The Atari Times Feb 25, 2002 92 out of 100 92
The Video Game Critic Jun 30, 2004 A- 91
VideoGame Aug, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Freaks 365 2000 7.5 out of 10 75
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Sep 25, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Le Geek Nov, 2006 3 out of 5 60

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Missile Command appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cancelled successor

The successor Missile Command 2 was in development, but was never released to arcades. It was supposed to be a two-player-variant in which two opponents defend and attack simultaneously. According to designer Rich Adam they never managed to make the concept fun.

Cities

When the game was designed, the cities in Missile Command were intended to represent six cities on the California coast: Eureca, San Francisco, San Lois Obispo, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

Development

Senior Atari engineer Steve Calfee is responsible for suggesting the display of the final words THE END following the explosion when the last city is destroyed.

References to the game

  • The game appears to have been parodied in the TV series The Simpsons. In the episode in which Lisa develops a crush on school bully Nelson Muntz, he and his friends are seen hurling eggs at the window of the house of Principal Skinner. The view is then seen from inside the house, and the green lines hitting the window and exploding into circles look a lot like the shots in the game.
  • In the movie Terminator 2: Judgement Day, John Connor is shown playing Missile Command at the arcade at the mall. Ironically, the movies are based on a nuclear war where nukes fell from the skies and destroyed every city on earth, and John, who will eventually be the leader of the Resistance, is actually playing the game, showing a vision of things to come.
  • In the 1983 episode Smaller Than Life from the TV series Magnum P.I., a kid is seen playing Missile Command on an Atari 800.

Awards

  • Retro Gamer
    • September 2004 (Issue #8) – #96 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
    • #7 in the “Top 25 Atari 2600” Games poll


Information also contributed by Martin Smith, PCGamer77, Pseudo_Intellectual, Robbb and FatherJack

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Servo (55897) added Missile Command (Atari 2600) on May 12, 2003
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