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Wreckers (Atari ST)

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Wreckers is an isometric sci-fi action game with strategy elements.

Robotic droids roll quietly through the corridors of space station Beacon 04523N, automated computers calculate routes for interstellar traffic. Three human officers sleep in cryogenic tanks, awakened only for routine system checks – or in case of an emergency. With a hum, the cryogenic control springs on-line as Beacon’s long-range sensors detect incoming lifeforms.

Controlling one of the on-board officers, the player has to defend the station against swarms of plasmodian spores (the “Wreckers”) showering down on Beacon and seeping into its four sections. While the spores approach, they can be sucked out of space with a gigantic hoover-like space hose. Once they settle onto the stations hull, jump into the space suit and spray infected areas with a cleansing agent. Undetected spores will seep into the station’s corridors, where the protagonist must hunt them down with a plasma shots and avoid being shot in return.

In addition, up to ten droids are under the player's indirect control. Ranging from cleaners to fighters to engineers, these automatons will act independently, but can be sent to key locations within the station -- i.e. infected areas. As the officer gains experience through battles, he will be promoted to higher ranks, enabling him to construct more efficient fighter robots in the station’s droid factory.

Since plasmodians running rampant in the station will cause system malfunctions. The main goal in such cases is to clear infections quickly and make sure that Beacon continues to function properly. To make things worse, a self-destruct mechanism will detonate the station in sixty minutes unless all signs of spore activity cease.

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Wreckers Atari ST Info about beacon 0
Wreckers Atari ST Title screen
Wreckers Atari ST Game options
Wreckers Atari ST Player selection screen

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The Press Says

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Sep, 1991 82 out of 100 82
The One for ST Games Jul, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Interface 1991 79 out of 100 79
Atari ST User Oct, 1991 75 out of 100 75

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Trivia

Wreckers’ theme music was composed by Warren Cann, drummer for the British electro-pop group Ultravox (long defunct in 1991).

The game came with a sci-fi novella by Rupert Goodwins, elaborating on the scenario. A transcript can be found on Jeremy Smith’s Retro Reading website.
-Chris (7357) added Wreckers (Atari ST) on Mar 22, 2005
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