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Description

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.

Screenshots

Dropzone Game Boy Materialising onto the planet
Dropzone NES Trying to shoot the pesky green guy.
Dropzone NES Title screen
Dropzone Commodore 64 High scores

Alternate Titles

  • "Dropzone 64" -- Commodore 64 title

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Critic Reviews

Eurogamer.net (UK) Commodore 64 Nov 05, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Magazine System UK Game Boy Feb, 1993 86 out of 100 86
games xtreme Game Boy Color May 07, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Computer Gamer Atari 8-bit May, 1985 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Your 64 Commodore 64 Aug, 1985 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Video Games Game Boy Aug, 1993 77 out of 100 77
Play Time Game Gear Jul, 1994 71 out of 100 71
Megablast Game Gear Jun, 1994 70 out of 100 70
Mega Fun Game Boy Color Jul, 1999 61 out of 100 61
Video Games Game Gear Jun, 1994 45 out of 100 45

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Trivia

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.

Cueball

Dropzone makes an appearance in another game by Archer Maclean, Jimmy White's 2: Cueball, which was developed by Awesome Developments. It could be played on the American Pool hall.

Awards

  • 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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