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Encounter at L-5 Atari 2600 Starting screen

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100
This is a good game with interesting sound effects and lots of continuous action. The lower playing levels are easy enough so you can rack up some impressive-looking scores even while you're practicing.
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Game Freaks 365 (Jan 12, 2011)
Because of Data Age's bad reputation, Encounter at L-5 is generally overlooked. It's not spectacular, it doesn't look different than most space shooters, it doesn't sound too different, but its little intricacies of plays is where it shines, and it should be a welcome addition to any Atari 2600 fan's collection. It's a perfect example of a new play on old ideas that was pretty successful in the end. I'd even suggest it to the casual gamer. If you're looking for a good shooter for the 2600 with some intense action, give Encounter at L-5 a go.
60
Encounter At L5 is a horizontal bottom shooter that adds more than enough features to set itself apart from other games in this genre. It takes some getting used to the controls, but in the end it delivers a frantic (and often short) game experience. Good fun with the paddle controllers.
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Woodgrain Wonderland (Jan 12, 2017)
The collision detection could be better (a common problem among the lower-tier third-party publishers for the VCS), but if you’re looking for a next-level slide-and-shooter, you could do worse than Encounter at L-5.
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The Video Game Critic (Sep 22, 2004)
The action doesn't pause when you lose a ship and it's not obvious when it happens, so you may not even know you've been hit until the game ends! Another thing I hate about Encounter at L5 is it irritating, repetitive sound effects, which forced me to turn down the audio. There are 13 game variations. Encounter at L5 is far from great, but shooter fans looking for something different might find it interesting.


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