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Why and when are two unanswered questions but the story tells that an “insane alien power” is attacking Earth and exhausting its most precious resources in the process. Earth's capacities to defend itself from the menacing force are becoming dangerously low.

If that wasn't enough, as soon as these malevolent entities became aware that there could be hope from the outside capable of restoring Earth's vital resources, they mounted a heavy blockade around the planet to impend anything from getting in or out.

That's when an heroic team of hardened space-traders mindful of the great danger their home planet was facing, decides against all odds, to run through the blockade to deliver the necessary supplies capable of driving off the invading aliens and sustain Earth's survival.

Many dangers will lie ahead inside this heavily armoured blockade and this won't be an easy task. The game begins with the player commanding the space-traders blockade runners. The first obstacle he'll face during his blockade journey will be a meteor storm planted by the aliens.

Blockade Runner's ZX Spectrum version is significantly different from the other ported versions, mainly because it will use a 2D environment instead of a 3D. It's a side-scrolling Sci-Fi shooting game with traditional arcade key elements with the ultimate goal to make contact with a Terran blockade runner and successfully transfer the cargo.


Blockade Runner ZX Spectrum Title screen
Blockade Runner ZX Spectrum Just crashed into the group of enemies
Blockade Runner ZX Spectrum The last few moments of success - cargo pod was successively attached.
Blockade Runner ZX Spectrum Encounter with risky tractor-beam units

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Crash! Feb, 1984 62.5 out of 100 62
TeleMatch Dec, 1984 1 out of 3 33


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ZeTomes (36450) added Blockade Runner (ZX Spectrum) on Jan 30, 2016