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Your standard Atari shooter, with an unique storyline Atari 2600 Katakis | カタキス (39520)

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Platform Votes Score
Arcade 5 3.4
Atari 2600 14 3.5
Combined User Score 19 3.4

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Phoenix is a perfect arcade adaptation. The birds look exactly like they do in the arcades and they split apart just as they do in the arcade version. The sound is beautifully done (if you don't like the sound that the birds make, however, you can just flick the left difficulty switch to "A" and it will stop) and the mother ship behaves exactly as it does in the arcades.
ArcadeAll Game Guide (1998)
Finely balanced shooting action combined with colorfully animated graphics make Phoenix a true classic among shooters.
Atari 2600The Atari Times (Oct 12, 2002)
While Phoenix will never replace such must-have titles as Space Invaders or Demon Attack, it's still a fine addition to any Atari 2600 library. And, it's very likely you can find it for next to nothing as it's a fairly common cartridge.
90 (UK) (Oct 25, 2007)
Phoenix is an addictive blaster that never fails to invoke the "one more go" desire in the player. The sheer simplicity of its design accompanied by the fantastic looking cabinet insists the player comes back to this classic game for more.
Atari 2600Atari HQ (2000)
Compared to other 2600 games of the genre (Galaxian, Demon Attack, Threshold, etc.), Phoenix is the best of the bunch. It offers a variety of different waves and enemies and adds an extra element of strategy with the option of using your shield. It also provides the perfect amount of challenge to keep folks coming back for more. Cartridges such as Phoenix and Ms. Pac-Man proves that 2600 coin-op ports need not cause arcade buffs to shudder. Too bad it followed on the heels of a slew of piss-poor efforts from Atari (Pac-Man comes immediately to mind) that it scared away many potential buyers -- for good.
Atari 2600Game Freaks 365 (Jul 05, 2009)
The one main blow against this game is a lack of game modes. There’s only one game mode. The game select switch and the difficulty switches do not do anything of any significant consequence to the game, although one of them alters which sound effects are present in the game. Still, the one game mode that is present is engaging enough to make this game interesting and give it the potential to last a little while. If you can find this game fairly cheap, you should give it a try.
Atari 2600The Video Game Critic (Apr 21, 2011)
Phoenix boasts some of the sharpest graphics and varied shooting action you'll find on the 2600.
Atari 2600Le Geek (2012)
Phoenix is one of the many "shoot the alien invaders" type games released for the Atari 2600. While not very original, it's one of the better Atari releases.
Atari 2600neXGam (Jun 27, 2013)
Habt ihr euch schließlich durch die Feindmassen geschlagen, wartet ein großer Obermotz in seinem Ufo auf euch. Auch hier gilt es mit der Ausweichen & Draufgeben Taktik den Feind so lange mürbe zu machen, bis er das Zeitliche segnet. Da die fliegende Untertasse allerdings nicht nur gut gepanzert, sondern auch noch gut bewaffnet ist, lohnt sich der Einsatz des Schutzschirms. Einfach den Joystick zurückgezogen, schon erscheint für wenige Sekunden ein schützender Schirm. Zwar könnt ihr euch in der Zwischenzeit nicht bewegen, wohl aber geschützt auf den Gegner feuern.
Atari 2600TeleMatch (May, 1983)
Phoenix - Spielhallen-erfahrene Spieler werden aufhorchen. Jawohl, diese Videospiel-Fassung basiert auf dem gleichnamigen Arcade-Spiel. Wie schon bei Centipede, so muß man allerdings auch in diesem Fall die Erwartungen herunterschrauben, denn die Arcade-Vielfalt wird nicht erreicht. Wesentlich vereinfacht flattert und blitzt es über den häuslichen Bildschirm.
Atari 2600VideoGame (Apr, 1991)
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