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Zaxxon was also one of a range of videogames that Sega and MB decided would make good board game variants. They were wrong. You cannot replace an innovative and challenging space shooter like Zaxxon with plastic and cardboard any more than you can replace the internet with a cabbage and a squid.
Despite these semi-helpful visual aids, battling enemy planes, avoiding fire from ground turrets, and dodging heat-seeking missiles is a major challenge. Navigating through forcefields, small holes in walls and other obstacles is also difficult. To keep a steady supply of fuel, players must shoot cylindrical tanks.
I rather like Zaxxon, at least to the extent that I'm glad it is available to download and play on my Wii U. The Wii Points I sacrificed for the cause were worth it because then I was able to enjoy a stroll down memory lane and enjoy an experience that at one point was quite impressive. Unless you played the game back in the day and can get a similar kick out of revisiting it now, though, I wouldn't recommend making a similar investment. Games have come a long way but Zaxxon has not…