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Katakis was the first R-Type influenced side scrolling shoot 'em up. You control the H-75 Eagle Fighter against the machines which have overrun a peaceful planet, with an indestructible satellite and collectable power-ups to help you through 12 levels. Each of these have lots of parallax scrolling and some direct influences from films including Aliens and The Terminator.
The game can be played in co-op with one player steering the ship and another steering the satellite (C64 version only).


Katakis Commodore 64 Another intricate wave
Katakis Commodore 64 Game start
Katakis Commodore 64 Title screen (Denaris)
Katakis Commodore 64 Close call here

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Alternate Titles

  • "Denaris" -- Re-release title

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Critic Reviews Dec, 2005 10 out of 10 100
64'er May, 1989 14 out of 15 93
Zzap! Oct, 1988 93 out of 100 93 (UK) Oct 26, 2007 9 out of 10 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Mar, 1989 894 out of 1000 89
The Games Machine (UK) Apr, 1989 87 out of 100 87
Commodore User Mar, 1989 87 out of 100 87
Commodore User Sep, 1988 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jul, 1988 9.4 out of 12 78
Power Play Jul, 1988 7.5 out of 10 75


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The sound of the shooting changes its pitch along with the music playing in the background.


  • Commodore Format
    • February 1991 (Issue 5) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
  • Game Art Beyond
    • In 2018, Katakis was selected as one of the biggest classics on the Commodore 64 by the creators of the C64 graphics collection Game Art Beyond. Katakis was honoured with a high resolution title picture (based on the original box artwork) in a special C64 graphics format called NUFLI, along with a new C64 SID interpretation of the title screen tune.

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Rene Trost (11) added Katakis (Commodore 64) on Mar 24, 2005
Other platforms contributed by Sciere (739188)