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Solaris (Atari 2600)

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Solaris is a sequel to Star Raiders. The Zylons are back, and are attempting another takeover of the galaxy! Your goal is to destroy all of the Zylon fighters you encounter, rescue cadets that are trapped on Zylon planets, and to find the planet Solaris to protect it from the Zylons. Your spaceship is equipped with a galactic map which can be used to warp to different sectors of the galaxy. The map shows the location of Zylon squadrons, Zylon planets, federation starbases, wormholes, clusters of stars, and Solaris when you find it. By warping to the correct sector, you can battle the numerous types of Zylon fighters to keep them from attacking federation bases and planets. Your spaceship has a limited amount of fuel; when you see the fuel gauge get too low, you will need to warp to a federation starbase to refuel (make sure you leave enough fuel to warp). When flying over a Zylon controlled planet, you will see your cadets on the surface. If you rescue all of the cadets as you fly past, you will receive bonus points and an extra spaceship. The Zylons have many different types of fighters which you will encounter, as well as some narrow corridors with blockades which you will need to clear in order to reach new locations in the galaxy.


Solaris Atari 2600 Warping through space
Solaris Atari 2600 Fighting your way through a narrow corridor to reach a new sector
Solaris Atari 2600 Refueling on a federation planet
Solaris Atari 2600 The galactic map

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The Atari Times Sep 06, 2005 100 out of 100 100
neXGam Jun 27, 2013 8.7 out of 10 87
Power Play 1987 8 out of 10 80
Gaming since 198x Jun 02, 2009 4 out of 5 80
Woodgrain Wonderland Jan 31, 2018 B 75
The Video Game Critic Sep 14, 2003 B 75
All Game Guide 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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The US Atari 2600 cover art for Solaris is basically the same as Star Raiders.


  • Retro Gamer Magazine
    • January 2008 (Issue 46) - was named #16 in the “Top 25 Atari 2600” Games poll

Servo (57415) added Solaris (Atari 2600) on Sep 27, 2003