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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 A flying saucer?
Dropzone Atari 8-bit Encountering a Planter
Dropzone NES Game over. I need to practice more. I know.
Dropzone NES Trying to shoot the pesky green guy.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Dropzone 64" -- Commodore 64 title

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Critic Reviews

Nintendo Magazine System UK Game Boy Feb, 1993 86 out of 100 86
Commodore User Commodore 64 Aug, 1985 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
games xtreme Game Boy Color May 07, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Game Boy Aug, 1993 77 out of 100 77
Video Games NES May, 1993 77 out of 100 77
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Mar, 1993 74 out of 100 74
Megablast Game Gear Jun, 1994 70 out of 100 70
Video Games Game Gear Jun, 1994 45 out of 100 45
Total! (Germany) Game Boy Color Jul, 1999 4 out of 6 40
Mega Fun Game Boy May, 1993 32 out of 100 32

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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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