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Rescue on Fractalus!

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Atari 5200
ZX Spectrum
TRS-80 CoCo
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Rescue on Fractalus! is an action game played from a 3D first person point of view. Your mission is to rescue stranded pilots on the planet of Fractalus. You begin each mission from the mother ship, and when your quota of pilots has been rescued you must return there so you can move on to the next level. To help locate the pilots and navigate the tricky terrain, your spaceship is equipped with various instruments, such as a compass, altimeter, and scanner.

Your enemy, the Jaggi's, have numerous forces on this planet and will be attempting to stop you. Gun emplacements, flying saucers, and the Jaggi themselves are all capable of destroying your ship if you don't destroy them first. To defend yourself from these threats, your ship is equipped with torpedoes. As the levels progress, the Jaggi defenses become more aggressive, and you will even need to fly some night missions where visibility is limited.


Rescue on Fractalus! TRS-80 CoCo Rescuing a pilot
Rescue on Fractalus! Amstrad CPC In space.
Rescue on Fractalus! Atari 8-bit Arriving on Fractalus
Rescue on Fractalus! Commodore 64 Exploring Fractalus

Alternate Titles

  • "Rescue Mission" -- Name of the game when it got leaked to pirate BBS' in 1983
  • "Behind Jaggi Lines" -- Working title

User Reviews

Definitely ahead of its time. Atari 8-bit Jeremy Johnson (638)

The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Atari 5200 Nov 20, 2000 A 100
Atari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition Atari 8-bit Dec, 2013 9 out of 10 90
Tilt Atari 8-bit Jul, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
ATARImagazin Atari 8-bit May, 1987 3 out of 6 60


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Cancelled ports

There were plans to port this game to the Atari 7800. A prototype was started but it was never completed or released.


According to designer David Fox, the game was originally meant to be set in the Star Wars universe. However, Lucasfilm did not allow this because at the time the real money was earned with licensing fees. Also the first prototype of the game did not feature a fire button because of Fox's pacifist attitude. It was added after a meeting with George Lucas during which he asked if the fire button is missing because of gameplay or philosophical reasoning.


As the name suggests, this game uses a fractal generator to render the mountains.


Rescue on Fractalus!, along with Ballblazer, was the first games launched by LucasFilm Games.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) - #82 on the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
Information also contributed by LepricahnsGold, Pat Cdr and PCGamer77
Contributed to by Kabushi (116227), Martin Smith (63198), Terok Nor (17833) and Servo (55897)