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Borderline is an overhead arcade shooter that puts the player in control of a Jeep in a war zone. The Jeep is equipped with a gun that has unlimited ammunition. Each round consists of four stages; after the player has completed all of them, the game proceeds to the next round, with increased difficulty.

The first stage is a vertically scrolling shooter: the player can move the Jeep in all directions, shooting at enemies that try to destroy it by collision; the goal is simply to survive. The other stages share a different gameplay concept: the player has to navigate the Jeep towards enemy refineries and destroy them all. Enemy tanks will spawn indefinitely, trying to stop the Jeep. Parts of the stage are covered by bushes, and the Jeep has to furrow through them before advancing. In the third stage rockets can be picked up for bonus score. In the fourth and final stage the sole refinery is well-protected and shoots missiles at the Jeep.




Average score: 75% (based on 2 ratings)


Average score: 2.6 out of 5 (based on 8 ratings with 1 reviews)

Early Stealth Action Game with fast paced opening stage

The Good
The driving through grass portion is unique & fun & adds an element of stealth. You can shoot enemy rockets as they come at you. Doesn't have the annoying color scheme of the arcade version otherwise the graphics utterly match the arcade game.

The Bad
Hard to see goal at end of first stage. Today the game feels a bit short. When I saw its level change from level 1 to 2 I was thinking it would be longer. It has less variety between rounds than the arcade game.

The Bottom Line
The first stage is a scrolling stage like Spy Hunter. The next 3 stages you drive through what looks like grass or bushes to attack your target in a stealthy way. Think Spy Hunter meets Safari Hunting (though this predates both).

SG-1000 · by Emperor MAR (2598) · 2013


Subject By Date
Borderline(arcade) release month(April '81) Andrew Fisher (695) Sep 11th, 2022


Graphical upgrade

The sprite graphics and background textures were changed by Sega to a science-fiction theme, and the game was re-released as Star Raker.

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  • MobyGames ID: 55519


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Unicorn Lynx.

Arcade added by Kabushi.

Additional contributors: tcooke182.

Game added April 10th, 2012. Last modified August 15th, 2023.