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Box artwork for Battlezone.
Distributor(s)Xbox Live Arcade
Designer(s)Ed Rotberg, Owen Rubin, Roger Hector
Release date(s)
Genre(s)First-person shooter
System(s)Arcade, Atari 2600, VIC-20, Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Atari ST, Atari 8-bit, Atari Lynx, Xbox 360, Atari Flashback
Mode(s)Single player
ESRB: ESRB E.png Everyone
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This guide is for the 1980 Atari arcade game. For the 1998 Activision Windows game, see Battlezone (Activision).
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Battlezone is a first-person shooter arcade game which was released by Atari in 1980; it utilizes one Motorola M6502 (running at 1.512 MHz), with a Pokey sound chip running at that same speed, and a custom DAC. It was later ported to several other systems, and was included in several compilations - and common play in the U.S. can range from $0.25 to $1 per game (depending on how the cabinet is set). The default setting is $0.25 play with three lives and two bonuses at 15,000 and 100,000 points.


The action takes place on a plain with a mountainous horizon featuring an erupting volcano, a distant crescent moon, and various geometric solids (in vector outline) like cuboids, cubes and pyramids; the player views the screen (which includes an overhead radar view!), to find and destroy the rather slow tanks, or the faster-moving supertanks. Flying saucers and guided missiles occasionally appear for a bonus opportunity - and the saucers differ from the tanks in that they do not fire upon the player, and do not appear on the radar (but their appearance is signified by a "hovering" sound!). 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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