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SummaryA better Defender clone than Atari's own Defender 2000!
The GoodPROTECTOR itself is a very good 'clone' of the old Williams arcade classic DEFENDER. The controller input is very well-done and has just the right level of sensitivity. PROTECTOR's graphics are very well-done, although for the most part don't really ''show off'' the Jaguar's ''eye-candy'' abilities. The explosions look particularly good: when a ship explodes it sprays out a flower of white sparks that looks very sharp. In the height of battle the screen can be full of enemies , exploding orange fireballs, and white sparks, yet there's very little slow-down. The intensity of blast-em gameplay reminded me at times of being in an arcade.
Some more good points are the music and sound effects. Normally I wouldn't bother to comment on these, but in PROTECTOR the background music and sound effects are well-suited to the game, and definitely set the mood. If you've ever played Alien vs Predator you know how subtle but well-done sound can really enhance a game.
The BadOne nit is that the colourful outer space backdrop and foregrounds don't change very often. My other nit is with the difficulty level: I've played the game on both easy and medium difficulties, and I can't really tell the difference. Medium seems to me to be about right, but the easy level stills seems just as hard. I think the easy level should be more easier, or perhaps have an extra, simpler 'Wimp' level.