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Gorf is four games in one. Here’s why that’s not ALWAYS a good thing. Gorf is four CRAPPY games in one. Is that a bargain? Not to me. I remember when Gorf first graced my local arcade spot. It seemed like a bit of an anomoly, taking bits of other games that were already considered primitive (Space Invaders and Galaxian), stripping those down even more, then adding a few spinoffs to the mix. Well, it wasn’t all that great then, it’s pretty bad now, and it’s just plain AWFUL on the Atari 5200.
I've enjoyed most versions of Gorf that I've played, but this one is unbearable! Like the arcade game, Gorf is a space shooter with four unique stages of shooting action. CBS tried to utilize the analog Atari 5200 joystick control, but the results are disastrous. Your cannon is too fast, too jittery, and difficult to aim. It always seems to collide with enemy missiles. And what's the deal with these graphics? These blocky, single-colored shapes belong in a 2600 game! Even the trademark between-stage sound effect is missing. This is a serious disappointment.