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Desert Falcon is an arcade style shooter. Many of the Pharaoh's great treasures are lost throughout the desert, and your goal is to steal as many as you can to earn points. The game features a scrolling, isometric point of view as you control your falcon through the various desert landscapes. The treasures you are after are guarded of course. Many desert creatures including vultures, warriors, flying fish, sphinxes and more will all attempt to stop you from succeeding in your task. Also, at the end of each level you will need to face a large, howling sphinx before you can continue on. Your falcon isn't completely unarmed, and has the ability to fire darts which can be used to destroy the assorted enemies and the sphinx. In the sand, you will occasionally come across some hieroglyphs. Several different superpowers can be gained by landing and hopping over three of these hieroglyphs. Depending on which hieroglyphs are collected, you may become invincible, warp to the end of the level, earn free points, trick enemies into attacking a decoy instead of you, or even get an air bomb which destroys all airborne enemies.


Desert Falcon Atari 7800 Atari logo
Desert Falcon Atari 7800 Some levels are quite psychedelic
Desert Falcon Atari 8-bit I beat him
Desert Falcon Atari 7800 From some point colors on random-generated levels begin to repeat in endless loop

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Digital Press - Classic Video Games Atari 7800 Oct 31, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Power Play Atari 2600 Jul, 1988 5 out of 10 50
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Atari 7800 Jun 24, 2011 3 out of 10 30
Woodgrain Wonderland Atari 2600 Dec 09, 2016 D 25
All Game Guide Atari 2600 1998 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20
The Video Game Critic Atari 7800 Jul 10, 1999 D- 16
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 May 20, 2020 F 0


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Desert Falcon was one of the "Fabulous Eleven" launch games for the Atari 7800.
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