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Battlezone
Box artwork for Battlezone.
Developer(s) Atari
Publisher(s) Atari
Distributor(s) Xbox Live Arcade
Designer(s) Ed Rotberg, Owen Rubin, Roger Hector
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Artillery
System(s) Arcade, Atari 2600, VIC-20, Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Atari ST, Atari 8-bit, Atari Lynx, Xbox 360
Mode(s) Single player
Rating(s)
ESRB: ESRB E.png Everyone
Neoseeker Related Pages
For the 1998 Windows game by Activision, see Battlezone (Activision).
Battlezone marquee

Battlezone is a game created and published by Atari in 1980 for the Arcade. It was later ported to many other platforms and was included in several compilations. Common play in the US could run from 25 cents to a dollar per game, depending on machine setting. The typical setting is for 25 cent play, with three tanks.

The game is played on a plain with a mountainous horizon featuring a memorable erupting volcano, distant crescent moon, and various geometric solids (in vector outline) like pyramids and blocks. The player views the screen, which includes an overhead radar view to find and destroy the rather slow tanks, or the faster moving supertanks. Saucer-shaped UFOs and guided missiles occasionally appear for a bonus opportunity. The saucers differ from the tanks in that they do not fire upon the player, and do not appear on radar. The player can hide behind the solids or maneuver in rapid turns once fired on to buy time with which to fire himself.

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