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Description

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.

Screenshots

Dropzone Game Boy Color The rules explained
Dropzone NES Title screen
Dropzone Game Gear You explode like a lemming
Dropzone Game Gear Game over, with a bad score

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Alternate Titles

  • "Dropzone 64" -- Commodore 64 title

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Critic Reviews

Home Computing Weekly Commodore 64 Jul 02, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jul, 1985 95 out of 100 95
Mean Machines Game Gear Jul, 1994 90 out of 100 90
Sega Magazine (UK) Game Gear Aug, 1994 85 out of 100 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) NES Jul, 1993 10 out of 12 83
games xtreme Game Boy Color May 07, 2000 8 out of 10 80
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
Video Games Game Boy Color Jun, 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Total! (Germany) Game Boy Color Jul, 1999 4 out of 6 40

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Splitting off Super Dropzone? 4 Kabushi (256615)
Sep 15, 2011

Trivia

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.

Cueball

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.

Awards

  • 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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