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Arcadia (ZX Spectrum)

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Arcadia is a space shoot 'em up along the lines of Galaxians and Space Invaders. You have a ship at the bottom of the screen. Enemy ships come at you in waves scrolling across the screen from right to left. There are eight levels. When the last level has been completed the game cycles to level one again and continues with no increase in difficulty. You get an extra life if you clear 4 waves. They keep on coming and the object is to get a high score.

Interesting key mapping on this game: the bottom row of keys moves left & right, but they are mapped alternately so Z, C, B, M and SPACE move you right while CAP SHIFT, X, V, N, and SYMBOL SHIFT move you left. The middle row of keys (A, S, D, etc) power the thrusters while the top row (Q, W, E, etc) fire the dual lasers.


Arcadia ZX Spectrum You can't get into the game without seeing the credits, hit a key and be prepared for action
Arcadia ZX Spectrum Blue missiles
Arcadia ZX Spectrum A helpful message to show that something is happening
Arcadia ZX Spectrum Level 1 : Information at top of screen is 
- Txx : a game timer that counts down from 90 
- number of ships remaining 
- current score 
- current level 
- high score this gaming session

Alternate Titles

  • "Arcadia 64" -- Commodore 64 title

User Reviews

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The Press Says

Retro Gamer Feb, 2006 85 out of 100 85


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  • Computer & Video Games Golden Joystick Awards
    • 1983 - #4 in the Game of the Year category
    • 1983 - #3 in the Best Arcade Style Game category

piltdown_man (78146) added Arcadia (ZX Spectrum) on Jul 15, 2010
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