Uridium (Commodore 64)

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Your home solar system of 15 planets has been attacked by a horde of Super Dreadnoughts, from a race who wish to harvest your universe's minerals for their own use.

You must pilot your craft through some of the hardest levels ever created and shoot down all the enemy space craft and ground weapons, and avoid the many indestructible hazards.

The innovation is that you do not simply travel in a single direction, but instead move from left to right or right to left depending on where the current targets are, in a manner more similar to Defender than most shoot 'em ups.


Uridium Commodore 64 Loading screen
Uridium Commodore 64 Starting level 1
Uridium Commodore 64 Enemy attack wave
Uridium Commodore 64 Another enemy wave

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User Reviews

A new direction in shoot'em-ups Игги Друге (44951) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
A defining moment for shoot-em-ups. RUSSELL HUGHES (9) unrated
Another Great Andrew Braybrook game Scott G (729) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Mar, 1986 10 out of 10 100
Zzap! Mar, 1986 94 out of 100 94
Zzap! (Italy) Jun, 1986 94 out of 100 94
Happy Computer 1986 92 out of 100 92
GamesCollection Apr 05, 2008 9 out of 10 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) May, 1986 9 out of 10 90
Commodore User Mar, 1986 22 out of 25 88
64'er May, 1986 13 out of 15 87
Eurogamer.net (UK) Jul 04, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Computer Gamer Mar, 1986 15 out of 20 75


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Spectrum joystick issue

Initial copies of the Spectrum version only supported the Kempston joystick protocol, rather than the Sinclair system which was the only one available to users of the then-new +2 models. After complaint from several people who'd bought the game and only been able to play it using the keyboard, Hewson altered the code.


  • Commodore Format
    • July 1991 (Issue 10) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
    • January 1992 (Issue 16) - Cf's all time Top Ten Essential Mega Games
    • November 1994 (Issue 50) – #46 The All-Time Top 50 C64 Games
  • Happy Computer
    • 1986 - Best Action Game of the Year
    • Issue 04/1987 - #4 Best Game in 1986 (Readers' Vote)

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Quapil (4732) added Uridium (Commodore 64) on May 01, 2003
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