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Oids may be described as a cross between the classic arcade games Gravitar and Choplifter, including a game editor for creating your own planetoids and galaxies.

You control a V-Wing fighter on many different planetoids to rescue and free a race of android slaves, the "Oids" of the game's title. The spacecraft controls are similar to a lunar-lander. Turn and thrust because gravity is always pulling at your ship. If your ship crashes into a mountain or any other obstruction on the ground, it will explode.

To survive against the various defenses on the planetoids (enemy spaceships, rockets and more) your ship is equipped with two different weapons and an energy shield. Flying around and using the energy shield costs fuel. You can refuel by landing next to a fuel base.

The main objective on each of your missions is to rescue all the Oids on each planetoid in the galaxy. To rescue the Oids, you must first destroy the factories in which they are held captive. Use only single shoots to avoid killing the Oids. Once you have blasted a factory open, the Oids will run out and wave to you. Find a flat surface nearby and land your ship. Once eight Oids have climbed aboard, or you have rescued all the Oids on the planetoid, it's time to dock with your mother-ship to complete your rescue mission.

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Average score: 79% (based on 8 ratings)


Average score: 3.8 out of 5 (based on 8 ratings with 1 reviews)

Fun game that I had almost completely forgotten about

The Good
Great Level editor- You had the ability to tile (in a 2D sense) mountain pieces together to form any amount of variation in your hills. Good Graphics for its time - It was one of my favorite games on my ST.

The Bad
Very difficult levels at times- you literally had an army of gravity inducing buildings hidden behind mountains either pushing or pulling you in areas where the terrain was purposefully rough and dangerous.

The Bottom Line
Futuristic choplifter. You have to blow up buildings full of 'oids', land safely and take them back to your mother ship. Just as choplifter, you have to be careful while trying to blow up enemies while the oids are scrambling all over the ground, trying to get your attention. There are many varied objects you must face, as you are in a futuristic environment. You have your basic turrets which shoot out the typical stream of bullets at you. You also have other enemies to make your life harder, like shields that protect enemy bases. There are also enemy buildings that can repulse or attract your ship to them. It makes flying through caverns more difficult. Lastly, you also have fuel depots where you can refuel our vehicle (you have limited fuel) A fun game, if not dated, but I can't believe that I found it again. I miss FTL games and what they were for their time.
4.5 out of 5.

Atari ST · by eamonman (7) · 2004


1001 Video Games

Oids appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


For a long time none of the standard ST emulators ran it successfully due to its exact hardware routines, so one called Oidemu was written which can run it - and virtually no other games.


  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)* Retro Gamer
    • September 2004 (Issue #8) – #83 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
  • ST Format
    • May 1990 (Issue #10) - Included in the list "ST Format's 30 Kick-Ass Classics"
    • January 1993 (Issue #42) – #23 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Dietmar Uschkoreit.

Macintosh added by Martin Smith.

Additional contributors: Martin Smith, Patrick Bregger, Jo ST, FatherJack.

Game added July 1, 2003. Last modified September 30, 2023.