Sorry for the delay again in the review – I am working on something to make the reviews more interesting but it’s taking longer than I had hoped. But for now here is another classic that was mostly overlooked back in the day, Liberator by Atari.
Liberator by Atari (1982)
The galaxy has been invaded by the evil Malaglon army and Commander Champion of the Atari Force has chosen you to be the Liberator! Join the ATARI FORCE and free the galaxy!
Liberator is an almost obscure arcade title from Atari that plays like a reverse version of Missile Command, in that instead of defending cities from an attack, you are the one bombing them on the spinning planet in the center of the screen . As part of the ATARI FORCE, you control four spaceships (each ship is located in a corner of the screen) which can fire a number of fast missiles on a location you mark with your cursor by moving a trackball and then pressing the fire button. Even though you are bombing enemy bases, you still have to keep your wits about you however, as you will face a barrage of missiles coming at each one of your ships from the bases below. Fortunately you do have shields which can be activated to protect your ships from attack, although they wear out after four hits. The game ends when you lose all four of your ships.