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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.7
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.6
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Overall User Score (20 votes) 3.6

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Woodgrain Wonderland (Nov 11, 2016)
Anyway, Cosmic Ark is a very good game with brilliant graphics and deeper gameplay than initially meets the eye. An unofficial sequel to Atlantis (the little ship that escapes the underwater city at the end of that game serves as your rescue pod here), your goal is to first survive a meteor shower and then descend upon a planet to rescue some hapless creatures with your pod’s tractor beam. Rinse, wash, repeat. The first couple of rounds are fairly easy, but before long the meteors start coming at you faster, the creatures get squirrelier and harder to capture and the planets start utilizing their own laser defenses. As practice, I recommend playing the variations featuring only the meteor shower in order to develop the twitch reflexes necessary to succeed at Cosmic Ark. If it shares one fault with Atlantis it’s that it gets a little too frenetic a little too quickly. But hey, the challenge gives you your money’s worth.
The Atari Times (Oct 04, 2001)
In many early video games, all the action took place on a single screen. It wasn't until later that screens "scrolled." Cosmic Ark by Imagic is notable for being a game with two screens, a feature that helps give the game a story and contributes to its excellent-to-this-day playability.
TeleMatch (Jan, 1983)
Die vielleicht beste der Atari-bezogenen Imagic-Erstlinge entführt den Spieler auf fremde Planeten mit dem Auftrag, die dort lebenden Bewohner zu reifen.
Techtite (1999)
Later levels would have the added difficulty of faster meteor showers, and what's more; defense systems active on the planets you encounter. Hey; you're al alien after all, so don't expect the friendly welcome on later planets, doomed planet or no doomed planet. Sound like fun? Well, to it is, and if we were going to list our top 50 favorite games from the Atari/Coleco/Intellivision era, this would be one of them.
For a third-party game, this game has a lot more to it than what one would expect. This game might not be as addictive as Missile Command or Ms. Pac-man, but it is a good game nonetheless. I certainly recommend that anybody who collects Atari 2600 games consider adding this title to their collection.
The graphics are excellent. The mother ship is very detailed and features a light running across it. The sky is filled with pulsating stars that sparkle and change color. When you press the red button to suck in the space creatures, the effect is magnificent. You can actually see the creatures slowly being transported into your small ship. But perhaps the best effect occurs when you have been defeated. The screen explodes in a mass of colors and your ship is seen flying away into the night. Since so much of the game involves fast movement, there may be times when you become frustrated with the joystick's limitations. Cosmic Ark is one game that would benefit by using one of the deluxe joysticks available for the VCS.
neXGam (Nov 08, 2014)
Der Spielablauf ist dabei in zwei Teile aufgeteilt: Zu Beginn muss man die Arche heil durch einen Meteoritenschwarm befördern. Die Flugkörper rasen dabei von vier Richtungen auf das Raumschiff zu und können zerstört werden indem der Joystick in die jeweilige Richtung gedrückt wird. Nachdem man diese Gefahr beseitigt hat landet man schließlich auf dem Planeten und man versucht mit einem kleinen UFO die Bewohner zu retten. Achtsam muss man aber dabei auch sein da periskopartigen Laser versuchen das Schiff zu zerstören. Sollte man zu lange brauchen um die Personen zu bergen, so wird das Mutterschiff von einem Meteoriten zerstört und man verliert eines seiner Leben.
Retroage (May 17, 2011)
Z przykrością muszę przyznać, że Cosmic Ark zestarzała się już znacznie. Rozgrywka jest dość schematyczna i kolejne poziomy różnią się w zasadzie tylko kolorami planet i szybkością rozgrywki. Przydałoby się więcej urozmaicenia, inna obrona planet, inne ukształtowanie terenu, może coś jeszcze. W zasadzie to co zobaczymy w trakcie pierwszej minuty rozgrywki to wszystko co jest w stanie zaoferować nam gra. Niby standard tamtego okresu, ale pozostaje lekki niedosyt. Niemniej, gra się całkiem fajnie, bo Cosmic Ark to miła, kolorowa i przede wszystkim wyjątkowo szybka rozgrywka. Jest tu to niesamowite tempo. Jest też ta prędkość. Co ja mówię – to jest mega speeeed!
As simple as the initial screen is, it's easily the better of the two. You can easily establish a rhythm and the reaction time required to make it out alive is insane. If the lasers were just a little more manageable in "suck people up" mode, this one would be a blast all the way around. Still, this is a worthy follow-up that just misses the mark established by the original.
Tilt (Mar, 1983)
Une bonne cassette, simple, rapide et amusante. Détail intéressant dans les jeux à deux : les joueurs ne sont pas opposés l'un à l'autre, mais « travaillent » la main dans la main : l'un se bat contre les pluies de météores tandis que l'autre à la lourde charge de piloter la navette spatiale.
Ultimately, experienced gamers will want more of a challenge than is offered here. After a few good plays through, even novice gamers will want more.
The Video Game Critic (May 05, 2004)
You'll need the reflexes of a cat to fend off the incoming meteors, and the laser beams on the planet surface require pure luck to avoid. I do find it amusing how when the game ends, the flying saucer once again manages to escape, just in case a third game was necessary (it wasn't).