Arcadia (ZX Spectrum)

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Description

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 twelve 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.

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Arcadia ZX Spectrum Level 4 - The Striking Nails lifted up for the next charge after defeating your ship.
Arcadia ZX Spectrum Level 11 - Dunno.
Arcadia ZX Spectrum Start - Spaceship high (little joke)
Arcadia ZX Spectrum Level 10 - Bubble Plot.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Arcadia 64" -- Commodore 64 title

User Reviews

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Critic Reviews

Retro Gamer Feb, 2006 85 out of 100 85
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Mar, 1983 24 out of 30 80
Home Computing Weekly Mar 15, 1983 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Crash! Feb, 1984 Unscored Unscored

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Trivia

Imagine's launch title

Arcadia was the very first game of Imagine Software. It was created by Dave Lawson, co-founder of the company, in the moment of time when tenure between him and Mark Butler had not been yet materialized as an entrepreneurship. The game was supposed to be Imagine's launch title and proved to be a huge success.

Awards

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

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  • Wikipedia (Wikipedia entry.)
  • World of Spectrum (Archive file / Download and play links / Additional material / Remakes / Player reviews / Magazine references / Magazine adverts)
piltdown_man (151527) added Arcadia (ZX Spectrum) on Jul 15, 2010
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