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Follow this link for info about the review system. 1 = Terrible, 5 = Awesome!

Well-done port of the arcade game. Click here to see spiffy title screen.

DefenderGraphics: 4
Sound: 4
Replay Value: 3
Notes: 1- or 2-player game
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Defender was a solid adaptation, and fun to play. My main beef is that the Smart Bomb is tied to the upper action key. This is just plain wrong. Everyone knows that your primary fire button is the top action key. The way I hold the controller, my index / trigger finger is on the top keys, and I use my middle or ring finger for the lower right button and thumb for the lower left. So, I usually end up burning up a smart bomb the first time I fire up the game after not playing in awhile.

Also note that the instruction manual mentions the ability to go into hyperspace, but fails to tell you how to do it. Just push any key on the keypad while not pushing on the disc.




ROM No ROM variants have been identified.
Box No variations have been found.
Manual No variations have been found.
Overlays Custom overlays have been designed and distributed by Psycho Stormtrooper.
Label No variations have been found.
Easter Eggs No Easter Eggs have been found.




Only one version of the box has been found for Defender.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Defender Box (Atarisoft 70252) Atarisoft 70252 1983 U.S.A. Has UPC barcode on bottom




Only one version of the manual has been found for Defender.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Defender Manual (Atarisoft CO24198-52 REV. A) Atarisoft CO24198-52 REV. A 1983 U.S.A.  




Only one version of the overlay has been found for Defender.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Image not available. Atarisoft N/A None   Custom overlay designed by Psycho Stormtrooper




Only one version of the label has been found for Defender.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Defender Label (Atarisoft 70252) Atarisoft 70252 1983   Has the following imprinted on the label as well: R 49 3




Title Screen Like the other offerings from Atarisoft, Defender had a slick animated title screen.
Protect the i-People! They managed to pull off the game remarkably well.




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