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Phoenix (Atari 2600)

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Description

Phoenix is an arcade action game with gameplay similar to Space Invaders. You are the commander of the Phoenix, and your mission is to reach an alien spaceship which has been draining your planets resources. The ship is guarded by four levels of bird like creatures. After clearing all four stages, the fifth level will be against a large, heavily shielded mothership. If the mothership is destroyed, the game will then repeat, but with increased speed and difficulty. To defeat the numerous enemies, the Phoenix is equipped with a laser cannon and a force field.

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Phoenix Atari 2600 Use the shield to temporarily protect the Phoenix
Phoenix Atari 2600 Some larger enemies here
Phoenix Atari 2600 The large mothership
Phoenix Atari 2600 A game in progress

User Reviews

Your standard Atari shooter, with an unique storyline *Katakis* (37818) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars

The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Oct 04, 2003 B 75
Game Freaks 365 Jul 05, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
VideoGame Apr, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
TeleMatch May, 1983 3 out of 6 60

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Pheonix appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Extras

Atari's 2600 release of Phoenix came with the comic book Atari Force #4. Here is that comic at AtariAge.com.

Lawsuit

In 1982, Atari sued Imagic due to Demon Attack's similarity to Phoenix.

Awards

  • Retro Gamer Magazine
    • (Issue 46) - #25 in a "Top 25 Atari 2600 Games" poll
Information also contributed by PCGamer77
Servo (55922) added Phoenix (Atari 2600) on Apr 20, 2003
Other platforms contributed by FatherJack (40861)