Defender Reviews (Atari 5200)
|A great game from the Atari era.||Dark Lord (46)|
Our Users Say
|Gameplay||How well the game mechanics work and the game plays.||4.4|
|Graphics||The visual quality of the game||3.5|
|Personal Slant||A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes||3.9|
|Sound / Music||The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition||4.0|
|Story / Presentation||The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC.||2.0|
|Overall User Score (9 votes)||3.9|
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The Video Game Critic (Aug 17, 2004)
Defender is one truly difficult game, but that's what makes you keep coming back for more. Unlike most shooters of its time, you can't just blast everything in sight because human lives hang in the balance. Alien landers abduct people from the planet surface, carry them to the top of the screen, and combine with them to form red mutants - your fiercest enemy! When you catch a lander in the act, you can shoot it, catch the falling human (500 points), and return him safely to the planet below (another 500 points). This edition incorporates all the complex controls (including the smart bombs and hyperspace) from the arcade. The graphics are very close to the arcade game, and the sound effects are practically identical. The animation gets a little choppy at times, and the screen tends to get messy as artifacts from explosions tend to stick around. That's okay, because chaos rules in this game. Overall, Defender is one of the more intense shooters for the 5200.
8-bit Central Retro Gaming (2011)
Defender is a classic shooter and if you own an Atari 5200 it would be criminal no to have a Defender cart to shove into it every now & then or daily.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games (Feb 14, 2004)
Along with 5200 Pac-Man, Defender showed very quickly why the Supersystem was super. 2600 Defender was actually pretty good-for the 2600. But it wasn't remotely like the arcade game either graphically or in intensity. The 5200 version is very close to the Williams classic, and certainly represented a quantum leap that made the 2600 cart seem, well, puny. All the familiar evil alien guys are here and they do the nasty things they are supposed to do. The sounds and explosions are at least reminiscent of the arcade experience, if not dead on. If you can find a working joystick, response is very good.
Retro Archives (Mar 07, 2022)
Plus de compromis ou d’effets de manche, cette fois : Defender sur Atari 5200 propose une expérience qui commence à se rapprocher de celle de la borne – et le fait de déplacer son vaisseau intégralement au stick plutôt que d’utiliser deux boutons pour cela fait assurément un bien fou. Cela va un peu vite et la réalisation reste vraiment basique, mais on peut néanmoins encore s’amuser par courtes sessions, le temps de se faire pulvériser par une difficulté redoutable. Correct.