Barge (Atari 8-bit)

Barge Atari 8-bit Title screen


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Mississippi has been hit by a deadly storm, leaving many boaters stranded. You control the more powerful SS Commodore, and must boat through these hazardous waters and rescue as many of these as possible. This involves travelling up a succession of screens, each of which has one person to rescue, while avoiding static rocks and debris. The screen layouts each time are random, so it is not always possible or safe to rescue the boater. You start a screen in the horizontal position you exited the previous one, so a central exit maximises your chances on the next screen. Other boats travel horizontally across the screen - contact with these results in losing a life. A tap of the fire button gives you a quick boost of speed, useful for avoiding hazards.


Barge Atari 8-bit Safety rescued this one
Barge Atari 8-bit A narrow area of screen
Barge Atari 8-bit Game start - avoid the yellow, collect the green
Barge Atari 8-bit This one's tougher

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SS Commodore

A Commodore is a military rank, usually between captain and admiral. This is a feasible name for a ship, but the SS Commodore of the game may also be a back-handed reference to the computer company (the game wasn't released for any of their systems).
Martin Smith (63028) added Barge (Atari 8-bit) on Sep 15, 2007