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Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom is a single player science fiction themed obstacle race, where the player controls Buck Rogers' space ship and must guide it through multiple pairs of pylons throughout the game. Controlling the ship involves side scrolling to the left or right, stop, moving forward (and faster), and moving backwards/break (and slower). Additionally, the spaceship can also fire its weapon to unleash a pair of energy bolts.

The player starts in sector 1.0 and will finish this level after the player successfully goes between an allocated number of pylons, indicated at the top left side of the screen; the first requirement is 9 pylons and will gradually increase with each new sector. In sector 1.1., with the addition of having to complete the pylon requirement, a group of flying saucers, ranging from 1 to 4 (per group), fly in a pattern. The player must avoid these flying saucers by maneuvering out of their way or by shooting them down. In sector 1.3., a new type of robot spaceship (at least one) will fly erratically and attempt to crash into the player's space ship (due to the marvel of technology of that era, enemy ships that disappear from one side of the screen, will emerge on the other side of the screen). Later sectors will gradually introduce more difficult challenges.

The game ends when the player loses all three lives by crashing into (or being crashed by, it seems sometimes) pylons or enemy space ships. Although there is no penalty in avoiding pylons altogether, the game will also end if the allocated amount of time (indicated by a long bar at the top center screen) runs out. The player may increase speed to move faster, which will present maneuverability challenges in itself. The overall score increases by distance traveled, pylons traveled through, and enemy spaceships shot down. The latest score and the high score are saved and shown in the main menu.


Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom ZX Spectrum Cut through those slalom-style gates
Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom ZX Spectrum Level 1 done
Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom ZX Spectrum He's got a brand new plane
Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom ZX Spectrum I think we're gonna make it

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Alternate Titles

  • "Zoom 909" -- Japanese SG-1000 title
  • "Zoom 909" -- Unlicenced Arcade Title
  • "ズーム909" -- Japanese SG-1000 spelling

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Your Spectrum Sep, 1985 7 out of 15 47
Sinclair User Sep, 1985 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Popular Computing Weekly Jul 18, 1985 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
ZX Spectrum Gamer Apr, 2012 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 33


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Cancelled Intellivision version

SEGA announced a version for Intellivision but it was never released.
Martin Smith (66852) added Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom (ZX Spectrum) on Jul 16, 2005
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