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Solar Fox
Box artwork for Solar Fox.
Developer(s)Bally Midway
Publisher(s)Bally Midway
Release date(s)
Genre(s)Multi-directional shooter
System(s)Arcade, Atari 2600, Commodore 64
Players1-2
Mode(s)Single player, Multiplayer
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Solar Fox is a multi-directional shooter arcade game that was released by Bally Midway in 1981; it is the only other game that runs upon their MCR-1 hardware, and the player must take a 4-way joystick to direct a spaceship (which is the eponymous "Solar Fox") around a 13-by-12-square grid, collecting or shooting "Fuzors" for points while avoiding the "Thrustors" which move along the grid's edges and fire shots at it. If you select "NOVICE" difficulty at the beginning, the Solar Fox's normal speed will be slow, and pressing the "Speed Button" will speed it up - but, if you should select "EXPERT" difficulty, its normal speed will be faster, and pressing the Speed Button will slow it down. If you should clear a rack before that "SKIP-A-RACK" timer at the top of the screen runs out, the game shall skip the next rack while awarding you all of its points; every fourth rack is also a bonus rack, and if you die in one, it will not cost you a life. After clearing ten racks, a player becomes a member of the "10-Rack Club" but the game will not end at that point - it will merely continue, like any other game of its time period.