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Phoenix is an arcade action game with gameplay similar to Space Invaders. You are the commander of the Phoenix, and your mission is to reach an alien spaceship which has been draining your planets resources. The ship is guarded by four levels of bird like creatures. After clearing all four stages, the fifth level will be against a large, heavily shielded mothership. If the mothership is destroyed, the game will then repeat, but with increased speed and difficulty. To defeat the numerous enemies, the Phoenix is equipped with a laser cannon and a force field.


Phoenix Atari 2600 Title screen
Phoenix Atari 2600 Use the shield to temporarily protect the Phoenix
Phoenix Atari 2600 Some larger enemies here
Phoenix Atari 2600 A game in progress

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Your standard Atari shooter, with an unique storyline Katakis | カタキス (42093) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars

Critic Reviews

Woodgrain Wonderland Sep 03, 2017 A+ 100
Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Apr, 1983 4 out of 4 100
The Atari Times Oct 12, 2002 90 out of 100 90
Atari HQ 2000 8 out of 10 80
The Video Game Critic Apr 21, 2011 B 75
Game Freaks 365 Jul 05, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
Le Geek 2012 3.5 out of 5 70
neXGam Jun 27, 2013 6.6 out of 10 66
VideoGame Apr, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
TeleMatch May, 1983 3 out of 6 60


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Phoenix appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Atari's 2600 release of Phoenix came with the comic book Atari Force #4. Here is that comic at


In 1982, Atari sued Imagic due to Demon Attack's similarity to Phoenix.


  • Retro Gamer Magazine
    • (Issue 46) - #25 in a "Top 25 Atari 2600 Games" poll
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Servo (57358) added Phoenix (Atari 2600) on Apr 20, 2003
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