A better Defender clone than Atari's own Defender 2000!
PROTECTOR 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.
One 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.
The Bottom Line
Overall I'm very pleased with PROTECTOR, and would rate it as one of the better games for the Jaguar.