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Zaxxon's Motherbase 2000 (SEGA 32X)

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Description

This 32X-exclusive sci-fi shooter is similar gameplay-wise to Sega's arcade game Zaxxon. The graphics consist of a diagonally scrolling playfield which creates a pseudo 3D environment. The backgrounds are drawn using 2D scrolling planes, but the enemy and ship objects are drawn using 3D flat-shaded polygons.

Although the basic goal of each of the 9 levels is to shoot everything without getting shot, the game has a strategic element. Your basic spacecraft has very little firepower, and can only sustain one hit. To make matters worse, there are very few power-ups. In order to survive, you have to jump on top of enemies and take control of their weapons systems. This system allows for a large variety of player-controllable ships.

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Zaxxon's Motherbase 2000 SEGA 32X Stage 3, I've hijacked a space station.
Zaxxon's Motherbase 2000 SEGA 32X I hate spiders!
Zaxxon's Motherbase 2000 SEGA 32X Stage 1
Zaxxon's Motherbase 2000 SEGA 32X Stage 2, with falling girders.

Alternate Titles

  • "Parasquad" -- Japanese title
  • "Motherbase" -- European title

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The Press Says

GameFan Magazine Jun, 1995 80 out of 100 80
GamePro (US) Jul, 1995 3.5 out of 5 70
IMPLANTgames May 07, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jun, 1995 5.4 out of 10 54
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Jul, 1995 5 out of 10 50
Sega-16.com Jan 09, 2006 5 out of 10 50
IGN Dec 03, 2008 4 out of 10 40
All Game Guide 1998 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Jan 30, 2005 3 out of 10 30
The Video Game Critic May 13, 2000 D- 16

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quizzley7 (21211) added Zaxxon's Motherbase 2000 (SEGA 32X) on Nov 25, 2002