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You are an assault ship that was designed to destroy Hyperion military bases.

You must shoot the bases enough so that the energy meter at the bottom goes from the "+" to the "-". Once the meter gets to "-" the base will explode.

Obviously, the base is not a sitting duck. There is a force field that expands and contracts, base defenders and, in higher rounds, shields. The force field has a gap in it that you can shoot through or you can maneuver inside the field and shoot the base up close. Be careful, though, because you can get caught within the field.

If you touch a shield, the force field, the base or are touched by a defender, you lose a life.

The defenders are fireballs, heat seekers, bouncers, wanderers, and homers.

The scoring is as follows:
Destroy a fireball = 25 Points
Destroy a heat seeker = 100 Points
Destroy a bouncer = 50 Points
Destroy a wanderer = 200 Points
Destroy a homer = 400 Points

You also get 25 points for each hit you get on the base.

When you destroy the first four bases, you get 1,000 points per base; the next four, 2,000 points per base and so on.

You get a bonus ship after every second base you destroy and after every 10,000 points.


SpaceMaster X-7 Atari 2600 I lost my last reserve ship.
SpaceMaster X-7 Atari 2600 It's a wanderer. Yea, a wanderer. It get around and around and around and around.
SpaceMaster X-7 Atari 2600 I can shoot the base at an angle from here
SpaceMaster X-7 Atari 2600 I've gotten a few shots on the base and the fireball is headed away from me.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Alpha Shield" -- Atari 8-bit title

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Critic Reviews

Digital Press - Classic Video Games Atari 2600 Sep 26, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Woodgrain Wonderland Atari 2600 Feb 16, 2018 B- 67
Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Atari 8-bit Oct, 1983 2 out of 4 50
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Jul 07, 2004 D- 16


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It is not clear why 20th Century Fox released this game under the name SpaceMaster X-7, which was the name of a 1958 20th Century Fox science fiction movie (as Space Master X-7), as the game bears no resemblance to that movie's plot. Sirius, when they released this on the Atari 800, released it as Alpha Shield.
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