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Phoenix is an arcade action game with gameplay similar to Space Invaders. You are the commander of the Phoenix, and your mission is to reach an alien spaceship which has been draining your planets resources. The ship is guarded by four levels of bird like creatures. After clearing all four stages, the fifth level will be against a large, heavily shielded mothership. If the mothership is destroyed, the game will then repeat, but with increased speed and difficulty. To defeat the numerous enemies, the Phoenix is equipped with a laser cannon and a force field.


Phoenix Atari 2600 Title screen
Phoenix Arcade Start Screen.
Phoenix Atari 2600 The large mothership
Phoenix Arcade Here come the birds.

Promo Images

Phoenix Magazine Advertisement


Alternate Titles

  • "フェニックス号" -- Japanese Atari 2800 release spelling
  • "Phoenix-gō" -- Japanese Atari 2800 release title
  • "フェニックス" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Your standard Atari shooter, with an unique storyline Atari 2600 Katakis | カタキス (42932)

Critic Reviews

Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Atari 2600 Apr, 1983 4 out of 4 100
Woodgrain Wonderland Atari 2600 Sep 03, 2017 A+ 100
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The Atari Times Atari 2600 Oct 12, 2002 90 out of 100 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) Arcade Oct 25, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Atari HQ Atari 2600 2000 8 out of 10 80
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Apr 21, 2011 B 75
neXGam Atari 2600 Jun 27, 2013 6.6 out of 10 66
TeleMatch Atari 2600 May, 1983 3 out of 6 60
VideoGame Atari 2600 Apr, 1991 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Phoenix appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Atari's 2600 release of Phoenix came with the comic book Atari Force #4. Here is that comic at AtariAge.com.


In 1982, Atari sued Imagic due to Demon Attack's similarity to Phoenix.


  • Retro Gamer Magazine
    • (Issue 46) - #25 in a "Top 25 Atari 2600 Games" poll
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