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Description

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, shoot down enemy space craft and ground weapons, and avoid the many indestructible hazards. When a sufficient number of enemies have been defeated the player can then land on the Dreadnought and proceed to destroy the ship's reactor.

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.

Screenshots

Uridium Commodore 64 Starting level 1
Uridium Commodore 64 Flying out
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 (46473) 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 (794) 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
Your Computer Mar, 1986 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Zzap! Mar, 1986 94 out of 100 94
Zzap! (Italy) Jun, 1986 94 out of 100 94
GamesCollection Apr 05, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Your Commodore Apr, 1986 33 out of 40 82
Eurogamer.net (UK) Jul 04, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Computer Gamer Mar, 1986 15 out of 20 75
Happy Computer May, 1986 Unscored Unscored
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Mar, 1988 Unscored Unscored

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Trivia

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.

Awards

  • 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 (4834) added Uridium (Commodore 64) on May 01, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Sciere (488944), Kabushi (191608), Martin Smith (66787), gamewarrior (5115) and Derrick 'Knight' Steele (2425)