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Description

Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom is a single player science fiction themed obstacle race, where the player controls Buck Rogers' space ship and must guide it through multiple pairs of pylons throughout the game. Controlling the ship involves side scrolling to the left or right, stop, moving forward (and faster), and moving backwards/break (and slower). Additionally, the spaceship can also fire its weapon to unleash a pair of energy bolts.

The player starts in sector 1.0 and will finish this level after the player successfully goes between an allocated number of pylons, indicated at the top left side of the screen; the first requirement is 9 pylons and will gradually increase with each new sector. In sector 1.1., with the addition of having to complete the pylon requirement, a group of flying saucers, ranging from 1 to 4 (per group), fly in a pattern. The player must avoid these flying saucers by maneuvering out of their way or by shooting them down. In sector 1.3., a new type of robot spaceship (at least one) will fly erratically and attempt to crash into the player's space ship (due to the marvel of technology of that era, enemy ships that disappear from one side of the screen, will emerge on the other side of the screen). Later sectors will gradually introduce more difficult challenges.

The game ends when the player loses all three lives by crashing into (or being crashed by, it seems sometimes) pylons or enemy space ships. Although there is no penalty in avoiding pylons altogether, the game will also end if the allocated amount of time (indicated by a long bar at the top center screen) runs out. The player may increase speed to move faster, which will present maneuverability challenges in itself. The overall score increases by distance traveled, pylons traveled through, and enemy spaceships shot down. The latest score and the high score are saved and shown in the main menu.

Screenshots

Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom Coleco Adam Into space
Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom Atari 5200 Watch out for flying saucers and other enemies...
Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom ZX Spectrum He's got a brand new plane
Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom VIC-20 A large enemy appears

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Alternate Titles

  • "Zoom 909" -- Japanese SG-1000 title
  • "Zoom 909" -- Unlicenced Arcade Title
  • "ズーム909" -- Japanese SG-1000 spelling

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User Reviews

Skim the Planet of Zoom avoiding obstacles before you launch into a space battle TI-99/4A Andy Frueh (176)

Critic Reviews

Tilt Atari 2600 Mar, 1984 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
All Game Guide ColecoVision 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Atari 5200 Feb 08, 2004 5 out of 10 50
Atari HQ Atari 2600 2000 5 out of 10 50
Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Coleco Adam Mar, 1984 2 out of 4 50
Your Spectrum ZX Spectrum Sep, 1985 7 out of 15 47
TeleMatch Atari 2600 Jan, 1984 4 out of 6 40
Woodgrain Wonderland Atari 2600 Oct 14, 2016 D+ 33
All Game Guide Atari 2600 1998 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30
The Video Game Critic ColecoVision May 11, 2006 D 25

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Trivia

Cancelled Intellivision version

SEGA announced a version for Intellivision but it was never released.
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