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Atlantis

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Released
Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
Odyssey 2
...
3.2
Atari 8-bit
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4.6
Atari 2600
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3.3
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Description

The lost city of Atlantis is under attack! Wave after wave of Gorgon vessels are approaching, each armed with weapons capable of destroying a part of the city. You are in charge of the command posts at the edges of the city and need to defend it from the invaders. The various gorgon craft will keep flying by on the screen in varying numbers and in different flight patterns. At first they fly high in the sky but then progressively lower. If an enemy makes it low enough before you destroy it, it will use it's weapons and destroy one of the buildings in Atlantis. As you progress in the game, the enemy craft will keep increasing in speed. The game ends when all remaining buildings in the city have been destroyed.

Screenshots

Atlantis Atari 8-bit The game begins! Some enemies fly by...
Atlantis Intellivision Destroyed one of the gorgon spacecraft
Atlantis Odyssey 2 Shooting the ships.
Atlantis Atari 2600 Game over

Alternate Titles

  • "Ocean City Defender" -- Zellers title

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User Reviews

Good idea, but grows old far too fast Atari 2600 Greg Mitchell (71)
Atlantis Attacked, Plato despondent. Atari 2600 Foom (31)
The O2 version of Atlantis is very good Odyssey 2 Bruce Clarke (72)

The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Odyssey 2 May 10, 2001 A- 91
The Video Game Critic Intellivision Aug 23, 2007 A- 91
The Atari Times Atari 2600 Oct 12, 2001 90 out of 100 90
All Game Guide Intellivision 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Tilt Intellivision Jul, 1983 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
TeleMatch Intellivision Jan, 1983 2 out of 6 80
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Jun 14, 2003 B- 67
The Video Game Critic Atari 8-bit May 16, 2008 B- 67
TeleMatch Atari 2600 Jan, 1983 3 out of 6 60
Game Freaks 365 Atari 2600 Jan 05, 2009 5.3 out of 10 53

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Trivia

Atari 2600 version

The Atari 2600 version came with two possible box and four possible cartridge covers. One box cover was a night time battle scene. The cartridge for this would have been a foil cover with the same picture. The other box cover was a daylight battle scene. The cartridges for this were either a foil cover with the same scene, a foil cover with no picture, just text or a blue cover with no picture, just black text. Most versions are, according to AtariAge, common, with the blue label being slightly more scarce.

Contest

Imagic ran a contest called Defend Atlantis in 1982. The top four, highest-scoring players were to be flown to Bermuda for the Great Defend Atlantis Shoot-Off on 11/14/1982. The next 250 highest-scoring players would get snorkeling sets and the next 1,000 highest-scoring players would get a free T-shirt. At the contest, the top player would win $10,000 and the other three would win $1,000. Unfortunately, more than four people maxed out the score on Atlantis so Imagic created Atlantis II as a tie-breaker. Atlantis II was faster, harder and scored lower. Players that maxed out Atlantis were sent the game, snorkeling sets and the T-shirt. Those sent the game would have two days to play and then submit their highest score so Imagic could determine the Bermuda trip winners. Further information as to the top winner or whether or not the contest was completed is, as of 2012, unknown.

Ending

When the city of Atlantis is destroyed, and the game is over, a blip can be seen leaving the ruined city. This blip is the Cosmic Ark, a spaceship carrying the survivors to other worlds...and this game's sequel.
Contributed to by Kabushi (127053), Servo (55823) and Psionic (2040)