Thrust (Atari 8-bit)

Thrust Atari 8-bit Starting out


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Thrust brings realistic physics and inertia-based movement into arcade games, directly influencing titles like Oids, as well as Exile from Audiogenic by the same author. The action is viewed from the side, with the graphics drawn in vectors, in keeping with the mathematical nature of everything that unfolds.

As a Resistance fighter, the player must fly into enemy lines in order to steal Klystron Pods to power more advanced starships, using your tractor beam to take them. A network of mounted guns are aiming to shoot the player down – these can be disabled by shooting their power source, but eventually this will explode, forcing the player to flee. Some of the later levels feature reverse gravity, which increases the difficulty of the gameplay.


Thrust Atari 8-bit Things get trickier as you go along; three nasty gun emplacements that will have to be eliminated
Thrust Atari 8-bit Picking up a load and refueling at the same time -- generally a bad idea, particularly in tight caverns
Thrust Atari 8-bit Maneuvering a load through tunnels
Thrust Atari 8-bit A wiser example of refueling, this time on the surface

Alternate Titles

  • "Thrust+" -- Atari 2600 v1.2 release name

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1001 Video Games

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


  • ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
    • March 1991 (issue #42) - Included in the list Greatest Games of all Time in category Original Games (editorial staff choice)
  • Commodore Format
    • July 1991 (Issue 10) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
  • Happy Computer
    • 1986 - Best Budget Game of the Year

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Игги Друге (44951) added Thrust (Atari 8-bit) on Oct 14, 2006
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