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The entire world is in the grip of a computer known simply as The Big One. Its code is far too complex for you to crack, so you must find scientists, drug them, and bring them to The Big One. Each will be able to unlock one letter. Simply finding these scientists is the hard part - The Big One has aliens patrolling its base, and they are more than capable of ganging up on you.

In essence Parallax is a top-view multi-directional-scrolling shoot 'em up. Improved weaponry and shield recharges can be bought by the machine - can you think of a way to get money from a drugged scientist? You can duck under the layers of surface, but so can the aliens, so action can take place here. You can also get out of your ship and patrol the area on foot.

The game's parallax scrolling routine inspired the title, and it also has 11-minute introductory music.


Parallax Commodore 64 Close to the green aliens
Parallax Commodore 64 These sections take you past barriers
Parallax Commodore 64 A surfaceless section
Parallax Commodore 64 Loading screen

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Critic Reviews

Zzap! Oct, 1986 93 out of 100 93
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jun, 1990 86 out of 100 86
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Sep, 1986 8.5 out of 10 85
Happy Computer Oct, 1986 75 out of 100 75
64'er Nov, 1986 11 out of 15 73
Computer Gamer Oct, 1986 14 out of 20 70
Commodore User Oct, 1986 7 out of 10 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) Oct 26, 2007 7 out of 10 70
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Mar, 1988 Unscored Unscored


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Mar 02, 2009



  • Commodore Format
    • May 1991 (Issue 8) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)

Martin Smith (80318) added Parallax (Commodore 64) on Mar 26, 2006
Atari Black Friday