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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 Arcade Swooping down.
Phoenix Arcade Here come the birds.
Phoenix Atari 2600 Some larger enemies here
Phoenix Atari 2600 Title screen

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Your standard Atari shooter, with an unique storyline Atari 2600 Katakis | カタキス (41291)

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Woodgrain Wonderland Atari 2600 Sep 03, 2017 A+ 100
Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Atari 2600 Apr, 1983 4 out of 4 100
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
Atari HQ Atari 2600 2000 8 out of 10 80
Game Freaks 365 Atari 2600 Jul 05, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
Le Geek Atari 2600 2012 3.5 out of 5 70
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


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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