Retro Game Friday: Battlezone

Michael Blaker
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This week for Retro Game Friday I’m back with a true classic! It’s Battlezone, the 1980 version!

Gameplay: The game was pretty simple, shoot enemy tanks while avoiding getting hit, from a First Person Point of View. It was pretty exciting, and I personally played it on my mothers old Apple II computer when I was like 3. The original arcade version had a periscopal viewfinder which made this game pretty much the first ever Virtual Reality game to be made ever.

Art: Everything was done in Vectors, so blocky outlines of the tanks and environment. It actually doesn’t look too bad now, although it has definitely aged.

Music: I don’t remember it at all, sorry.

Overall: If you get the chance to play it for free, do so for a bit. Otherwise just enjoy the fact that this was a pioneer among VR games.

For those who like: VR, Military Games, Tanks, FPS, Vector Art.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

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One thought on “Retro Game Friday: Battlezone”

  1. Battlezone was one of my favorite games in the arcade, but I was never very good at it. It was kind of like a primitive VR. However, there was a game that came after it called Red Baron which was a flight sim. Instead of the green lines of Battlezone, Red Baron used blue. Anyway, I was amazing at Red Baron and could play for like a half an hour on one quarter.

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