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Zaxxon (Atari 2600)

Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

A popular game back in the 2600 hey-day MagFram (43) 2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 2.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.8
Overall User Score (10 votes) 3.1

Critic Reviews

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The Video Game Critic
Zaxxon was never meant to be played on the 2600, but Coleco did the best with what they had. Flawed by playable, there's really not another game like this on the 2600.
Ich war bisher immer der Meinung, dass eine Arcade-Portierung nicht zwingend dem Original entsprechen muss, um eigenständig ein guter Titel zu sein. Daher ging ich vollkommen unvoreingenommen an Zaxxon heran. Leider konnte das Spiel mich in wirklich keinem Punkt überzeugen. Sicher ist der Atari 2600 in seinen Möglichkeiten begrenzt, doch entschuldigt dies weder die dadurch bedingten Probleme, noch dass der Titel in fast allen anderen Punkten in den Sand gesetzt wurde. Sicher gab es zur damaligen Zeit Shoot'em Ups in Hülle und Fülle, wodurch vielleicht, vor allem durch den bekannten Namen Zaxxon, etwas Neues geboten werden sollte, doch wäre der Spieler hier mit etwas "normalerem" wahrscheinlich um Längen besser bedient gewesen.
All Game Guide
By 1982 gamers expected -- and deserved to receive -- much more from Atari 2600 games. Companies like Imagic and Activision had shown everyone that the system, while primitive, was capable of an array of graphics and sounds more advanced than what everyone was used to from titles developed by Atari. Why didn't Sega figure that out too?
The Atari Times
Fortunately, I doubt many people will play this awful title long enough to go insane. It's just too horrible to contend with for long. This title, honestly, looks about half finished. Coleco should have never tried to port Zaxxon to the 2600 if the company couldn't do any better than this. Perhaps Coleco just didn't care about the trash it floated out there for the 2600 and preferred to concentrate on titles for its own system, the ColecoVision. Stay away from this awful title. It will just frustrate you.