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Yars' Revenge (Atari 2600)

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Written by  :  Droog (461)
Written on  :  Aug 22, 2003
Platform  :  Atari 2600
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Summary

Yars' Revenge is a fun twist on the Kill the Fortress-type games

The Good

Yars' Revenge was not just another shooter. You had to be quick to get in close to the base to nibble away at the barrier surrounding it without getting hit by the missile. Once you got a hole in the base, lining up the shot was quite challenging since it fired from behind you and not from you directly. If you weren't careful, it was possible to hit your fly with your shot instead of the base. The fireballs shot from the base didn't make the game any easier. It was extremely satisfying to watch the watch the big explosion as the enemy base blow up.

The Bad

The only thing I didn't like about Yar's Revenge is that your score was only displayed between levels and at the end of the game.

The Bottom Line

Yars' Revenge is an odd twist on the Star Castle-type games where you have to kill an enemy fortress. Instead of piloting a direct-fire spaceship, you pilot an indirect-firing fly creature that has to eat through the walls of the fortress before shooting the vulnerable base inside.