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Ahhh Defender - one of the toughest shooters of all time! This version of the arcade classic is rock-solid, and even features smooth scrolling - a rarity for a Colecovision game! Those Atari programmers were really on the ball when they made this one. The graphics are faithful to the arcade, except your ship doesn't shoot fire from its exhaust (I'm nit-picking now). When your ship is destroyed, the huge mushrooming explosion looks amazing. The control is so accurate that you can even pick off the tiny red "swarmers" with ease. The left button is used to fire, and the right is used for smart bombs. To engage hyperspace (only recommended as a last resort) you need to press zero on the keypad. The one thing I don't like is the single level of difficulty - it's quite a bit easier than the arcade version, and the gameplay is less intense as a result.
Rein technisch gesehen ist Defender für das Colecovision sicherlich die beste Version. Zwar ist die Grafik schon ein wenig betagt, dafür sind die Sprites gut gezeichnet und auch die Spielgeschwindigkeit ist zu jeder Zeit flott. Eindrucksvoll sind auch hier die Explosionen, falls man doch einen gegnerischen Treffer abbekommt. Bei der Soundkulisse bediente man sich wie so oft nur an Schusseffekte, eine Musik ist nicht vorhanden.
Defender on the Colecovision is a visual delight and plays well to boot. It's an arcade classic and this is a great platform on which to experience it.