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Stargate

MobyRank MobyScore
Commodore 64
...
3.5
Atari 2600
70
3.6
Arcade
...
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Description

Save the humanoids from the impending aliens in the sequel to Defender. The task is still rescuing humanoids before Landers can turn them into Mutants, while avoiding and shooting other foes, however you must now carry humanoids to safety through the Stargate of the title.

Entering this Stargate not only warps you to the nearest humanoid in jeopardy, but can also warp you ahead (while on the first 15 levels) if you enter it with 4 or more humanoids, and give you extra lives if you warp with 10 humanoids, so there is a trade-off between guaranteeing the safety of existing humanoids, and trying to advance your position

There are more enemies on screen than ever before. The Inviso button makes you invisible to enemies, but also to yourself, so you will have to follow your bullets to work out where on the screen you are.

Screenshots

Stargate NES Title
Stargate Atari 2600 Attack wave complete!
Stargate Atari 2600 Defender II re-release title screen
Stargate Commodore 64 Firing at enemies...

Alternate Titles

  • "Defender II" -- Re-release title

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The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Jul 14, 2001 A 100
The Atari Times Atari 2600 Dec 13, 2004 75 out of 100 75
Megablast Atari 2600 1992 74 out of 100 74
Power Play Atari 2600 Dec, 1987 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic NES Mar 10, 2000 C- 42
TeleMatch Atari 2600 Aug, 1984 4 out of 6 40

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Stargate appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Developer commentary

Eugene Jarvis, creator of both Defender and its sequel Stargate, says that although the gameplay and coding of Stargate is more refined, he prefers the relative simplicity of the original Defender.
[Source: Retro Gamer Magazine, Load 55]

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