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The Video Game Critic
Before reviewing this Atari 8-bit version of Zaxxon, I did my homework by playing a few rounds of the Colecovision version, which set the standard for home versions of this arcade classic. I was amazed by how big the difference is. This Atari version is much smoother, cleaner, and faster. Compared to the Colecovision, its graphics look remarkably colorful and vibrant, and your ship is significantly larger and easier to control. In terms of speed, I'd estimate that this is twice as fast as the Colecovision version! I was shocked at how fast I could blow through the first stage. Zaxxon's one flaw is the same one I've mentioned about other versions of the game. In the open-space sections where you shoot incoming ships, it's too hard to gauge their position in respect to yours, and this frustrated me to no end. But if you can figure out how to handle those tough spots, I think you'll agree this is the best home version of Zaxxon.