Uridium

Critic Score User Score
DOS
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...
Atari ST
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3.8
Wii
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4.0
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Description

Your home solar system of 15 planets has been attacked by a horde of Super Dreadnoughts, from a race who wish to harvest your universe's minerals for their own use.

You must pilot your craft through some of the hardest levels ever created and shoot down all the enemy space craft and ground weapons, and avoid the many indestructible hazards.

The innovation is that you do not simply travel in a single direction, but instead move from left to right or right to left depending on where the current targets are, in a manner more similar to Defender than most shoot 'em ups.

Screenshots

Uridium Amstrad CPC Enter my initials for high score.
Uridium DOS "Planes" on "airbase".
Uridium ZX Spectrum Game Over
Uridium ZX Spectrum Flight and shoot

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User Reviews

A new direction in shoot'em-ups Commodore 64 Игги Друге (44954)
A defining moment for shoot-em-ups. Commodore 64 RUSSELL HUGHES (9)
Another Great Andrew Braybrook game Commodore 64 Scott G (729)

Critic Reviews

Zzap! Commodore 64 Mar, 1986 94 out of 100 94
Zzap! (Italy) Commodore 64 Jun, 1986 94 out of 100 94
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 May, 1986 9 out of 10 90
Computer Gamer ZX Spectrum Feb, 1987 90 out of 100 90
GamesCollection Commodore 64 Apr 05, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Dec, 1986 9 out of 10 90
Crash! ZX Spectrum Dec, 1986 90 out of 100 90
Tilt Atari ST Feb, 1988 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
Eurogamer.net (UK) Commodore 64 Jul 04, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Nintendo Life Wii Mar 29, 2008 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60

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Trivia

Spectrum joystick issue

Initial copies of the Spectrum version only supported the Kempston joystick protocol, rather than the Sinclair system which was the only one available to users of the then-new +2 models. After complaint from several people who'd bought the game and only been able to play it using the keyboard, Hewson altered the code.

Awards

  • Commodore Format
    • July 1991 (Issue 10) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
    • January 1992 (Issue 16) - Cf's all time Top Ten Essential Mega Games
    • November 1994 (Issue 50) – #46 The All-Time Top 50 C64 Games
  • Happy Computer
    • 1986 - Best Action Game of the Year
    • Issue 04/1987 - #4 Best Game in 1986 (Readers' Vote)

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