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In this adaptation of the arcade game Targ your job is to defend your city from marauding alien beasts. You can simultaneously maneuver your craft and shoot in four directions while patrolling the regular grid of streets - the enemy has surrounded your city block, and attacks are coming in from all sides as the aliens swarm in with all guns blazing. To survive, you'll have to blast your way out by darting in and out of the line of fire and taking down the assailants with your own volleys: once they're all eliminated, you go forth to the next level, to face yet another wave.

Ammunition is limited, and from time to time you'll have to restock by picking up a fresh supply. Every level contains four bonus crystals: as time goes by, they emerge one-by-one to be picked up, and each is worth twice as much as the last. The game starts you off with three ships, though you get a fresh one for every 5000 points you score.


Crossfire PC Booter Game Over (CGA with RGB monitor)
Crossfire PC Booter Title screen (PCjr)
Crossfire PC Booter Out of ammo? Get those yellow dots (16-color PCjr disk version)
Crossfire PC Booter High scores (16-color PCjr disk version)

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User Reviews

An addictive and fun exercise of your reflexes. PC Booter Trixter (9110)
Pretty good conversion of the original game Commodore 64 Katakis | カタキス (41785)
Crossfire is a fairly challenging shooter that will sharpen your hit-and-run tactics. Apple II Droog (522)

Critic Reviews

Tilt Atari 8-bit Jan, 1983 5 out of 6 83
Tilt Apple II Jan, 1983 5 out of 6 83
Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Atari 8-bit Sep, 1983 3 out of 4 75
PC Magazine PC Booter Feb, 1983 Unscored Unscored


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The keyboard controls allow you to fire in all four directions, while the joystick lets you fire in the direction you're traveling. This means that the keyboard controls are actually more effective for playing the game than the joystick.


The Composite-mode colors of the PC version are identical to the Apple version.


Both a PC and a PCjr bootable cartridge version of this game exist. The PCjr cartridge version is differently colored.


There is a Windows remake of the game, created for the Retro Remakes competition 2006, with the title Gridfire.

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