Moby ID: 10191
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Haven-7 is a planetoid near Earth whose inhabitants are in grave danger. Aliens will arrive soon and plan to terraform Haven-7 which will annihilate every living thing. You, with the last remaining spaceship, are the only one left to protect Haven-7 from the aliens.

Protector features 3 difficulty levels and fast-paced shooting action as you blast swarms of aliens all at once in fierce battle. Purchase ship upgrades and find powerups to help you blast the alien starships.

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Credits (Jaguar version)

14 People (13 developers, 1 thanks)

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Special Thanks To
  • Alyssa Forhan (my ever-patient wife, for believing in me and supporting me all the way.)
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Average score: 75% (based on 2 ratings)


Average score: 4.2 out of 5 (based on 2 ratings with 1 reviews)

A better Defender clone than Atari's own Defender 2000!

The Good
PROTECTOR itself is a very good 'clone' of the old Williams arcade classic DEFENDER. The controller input is very well-done and has just the right level of sensitivity. PROTECTOR's graphics are very well-done, although for the most part don't really ''show off'' the Jaguar's ''eye-candy'' abilities. The explosions look particularly good: when a ship explodes it sprays out a flower of white sparks that looks very sharp. In the height of battle the screen can be full of enemies , exploding orange fireballs, and white sparks, yet there's very little slow-down. The intensity of blast-em gameplay reminded me at times of being in an arcade.

Some more good points are the music and sound effects. Normally I wouldn't bother to comment on these, but in PROTECTOR the background music and sound effects are well-suited to the game, and definitely set the mood. If you've ever played Alien vs Predator you know how subtle but well-done sound can really enhance a game.

The Bad
One nit is that the colourful outer space backdrop and foregrounds don't change very often. My other nit is with the difficulty level: I've played the game on both easy and medium difficulties, and I can't really tell the difference. Medium seems to me to be about right, but the easy level stills seems just as hard. I think the easy level should be more easier, or perhaps have an extra, simpler 'Wimp' level.

The Bottom Line
Overall I'm very pleased with PROTECTOR, and would rate it as one of the better games for the Jaguar.

Jaguar · by Bruce Clarke (60) · 2006



Protector is made by the same people who made Datastorm for the Amiga, and Protector is more or less a port of that game, albeit updated to Jaguar standards.

Development history

The Protector project was canned by Atari and Bethesda Softworks in the mid-nineties, and it wasn't until years later that the author dug the remaining sources out of the cupboard and let Songbird release it at long last.

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Game added by Jeanne.

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Game added August 31st, 2003. Last modified February 22nd, 2023.