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Dropzone

MobyRank MobyScore
Game Gear
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3.2
NES
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Game Boy Color
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3.8
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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 NES Game over. I need to practice more. I know.
Dropzone Game Boy Color I have cloak turned on.
Dropzone Game Gear Attack wave 1 completed
Dropzone Game Boy I did poorly

Alternate Titles

  • "Dropzone 64" -- Commodore 64 title

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The Press Says

Zzap! Commodore 64 Jul, 1985 95 out of 100 95
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
VicioJuegos.com Game Boy Color Mar 16, 2013 77 out of 100 77
Mega Fun Game Gear Jun, 1994 73 out of 100 73
Megablast NES 1993 66 out of 100 66
Total! (Germany) Game Boy Color Jul, 1999 4 out of 6 40
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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Topic # Posts Last Post
Splitting off Super Dropzone? 4 Kabushi (126154)
Sep 15, 2011

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.

Awards

  • Zzap!
    • January 1990 (Issue 57) – 'The Best Games of the 80's Decade' (Stuart Wynne / Robin Hogg)

Contributed to by Martin Smith (63136), Игги Друге (43886) and Mr Almond (2567)