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Dropzone is basically a Defender variant, closely recreating the gameplay of the original Defender with its speedy scrolling and frantic gameplay.

The player controls a spaceman with a jet-pack, flying across a barren landscape whose skies are inhabited by a number of different aliens, from the simple Planter to the slowly advancing Blunder Storm or the quick, aggressive Nemesite.

Planters and Nemesites will try to pickup the small men walking on the surface, who must then be rescued. The player has to shoot down the alien, while avoiding to hit the man. Sometimes, the aliens will carry an android, which is similar to the human but deadly. Care must be taken so as to not pick up the androids. All men must be transported to a surface base, where they are put in safety - this is the Dropzone.


Dropzone Atari 8-bit Exploding
Dropzone Game Boy Color Defending the base against Planters
Dropzone Game Gear Even more adversaries
Dropzone Game Boy Destroying an alien into a pixelated explosion

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Alternate Titles

  • "Dropzone 64" -- Commodore 64 title

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Critic Reviews

Popular Computing Weekly Atari 8-bit May 31, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Mean Machines Game Gear Jul, 1994 90 out of 100 90
Nintendo Magazine System UK Game Boy Feb, 1993 86 out of 100 86 / Game Boy Color Mar 16, 2013 77 out of 100 77
Video Games NES May, 1993 77 out of 100 77
Commodore Force Commodore 64 Mar, 1993 74 out of 100 74
Mega Fun Game Gear Jun, 1994 73 out of 100 73
Megablast NES 1993 66 out of 100 66
Retro Game Reviews NES Oct 15, 2016 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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Splitting off Super Dropzone? 4 Kabushi (244565)
Sep 15, 2011


Arcade version

There was exactly one Dropzone arcade machine in existence. Archer Maclean developed it together with an unnamed arcade owner in Luton. However, Maclean never saw his share of the profits and does not know what happened to it.


Dropzone makes an appearance in another game by Archer Maclean, Jimmy White's 2: Cueball, which was developed by Awesome Developments. It could be played on the American Pool hall.


  • Commodore Format
    • February 1991 (Issue 5) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
    • March 1994 (Issue 42) Heaven – The Path to Righteousness: 20 Essential Games
    • November 1994 (Issue 50) – #18 The All-Time Top 50 C64 Games
  • Zzap!
    • January 1990 (Issue 57) – 'The Best Games of the 80's Decade' (Stuart Wynne / Robin Hogg)

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