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Dropzone is basically a Defender variant, closely recreating the gameplay of the original Defender with its speedy scrolling and frantic gameplay.

The player controls a spaceman with a jet-pack, flying across a barren landscape whose skies are inhabited by a number of different aliens, from the simple Planter to the slowly advancing Blunder Storm or the quick, aggressive Nemesite.

Planters and Nemesites will try to pickup the small men walking on the surface, who must then be rescued. The player has to shoot down the alien, while avoiding to hit the man. Sometimes, the aliens will carry an android, which is similar to the human but deadly. Care must be taken so as to not pick up the androids. All men must be transported to a surface base, where they are put in safety - this is the Dropzone.


Dropzone Game Gear Lots of action
Dropzone Commodore 64 Game start
Dropzone Game Boy Color Defending the base against Planters
Dropzone Game Boy A flying saucer?

Alternate Titles

  • "Dropzone 64" -- Commodore 64 title

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Home Computing Weekly Commodore 64 Jul 02, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari 8-bit May, 1985 37 out of 40 92
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Game Boy Aug, 1993 10 out of 12 83
Computer Gamer Atari 8-bit May, 1985 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Video Games NES May, 1993 77 out of 100 77
Mega Fun Game Gear Jun, 1994 73 out of 100 73
Mega Fun Game Boy Color Jul, 1999 61 out of 100 61
Video Games Game Gear Jun, 1994 45 out of 100 45
Mega Fun NES May, 1993 36 out of 100 36
Mega Fun Game Boy May, 1993 32 out of 100 32


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Splitting off Super Dropzone? 4 Kabushi (141390)
Sep 15, 2011


Arcade version

There was exactly one Dropzone arcade machine in existence. Archer Maclean developed it together with an unnamed arcade owner in Luton. However, Maclean never saw his share of the profits and does not know what happened to it.


  • Commodore Format
    • February 1991 (Issue 5) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
    • March 1994 (Issue 42) Heaven – The Path to Righteousness: 20 Essential Games
    • November 1994 (Issue 50) – #18 The All-Time Top 50 C64 Games
  • Zzap!
    • January 1990 (Issue 57) – 'The Best Games of the 80's Decade' (Stuart Wynne / Robin Hogg)

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