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Panther

Panther Atari 8-bit Loading screen

MISSING COVER

MobyRank MobyScore
Atari 8-bit
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4.5
Commodore 64
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ZX Spectrum
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2.3
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Description

Panther is set on the human colony Xenon, which is attacked by aliens. The priority is to evacuate the people, but unfortunately not everyone made it. The player takes the role of a pilot who mans the Panther aircraft to save the last remaining humans.

The game is a shooter with an isometric view. The player can move left and right and adjust the height. Reverse is not available and the movement speed depends on the height: the higher, the faster. This is most important when alien attack occurs. They always appear in batches and their shadows indicate their height. Now the player has the choice to evade or to fight back. However, the Panther can only take five hits.

To evade people, the player needs to land near them and wait until everyone is in. The game consists of several levels and the last has an additional gameplay mechanic: SAMs. Those mean the player can't fly high enough to go over the skyscrapers; he needs to fly around them. After reaching the evacuation ship the game loops back to the beginning; the goal being to reach a high score by saving many people.

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Panther Atari 8-bit Over water.
Panther ZX Spectrum Title Screen
Panther ZX Spectrum Lets go and rescue stranded
Panther Commodore 64 Loading screen

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The Press Says

Atari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition Atari 8-bit Dec, 2013 10 out of 10 100
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Jan, 1987 7.8 out of 12 65
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 65 out of 100 65

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Contributed to by Patrick Bregger (115636)