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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 over-ran a peaceful planet, with satellite and collect power-ups through 12 levels. Each of these has lots of parallax scrolling and some direct influences from films including Aliens and The Terminator.

It can be played in co-op with one player steering the ship and another steering the indestructible satellite (C64).


Katakis Commodore 64 Dead
Katakis Commodore 64 Can't go too low here
Katakis Commodore 64 Close call here
Katakis Commodore 64 Title screen (Denaris)

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  • "Denaris" -- Re-release title

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Critic Reviews Dec, 2005 10 out of 10 100
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
Retro Archives Sep 30, 2018 11 out of 20 55


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  • Commodore Format
    • February 1991 (Issue 5) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)


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

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Rene Trost (11) added Katakis (Commodore 64) on Mar 24, 2005
Other platforms contributed by Sciere (519396)