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Commando Raid on the Atari 2600

Commando Raid is a game where the player controls a gun at the bottom center of the screen that fires upwards at "enemy android commando raiders".

General Information

Developer - Vidtec

Publisher - U.S. Games

Release - 1982

Platform(s) - Atari 2600

Number of Players - 2

Genre - Action game

It was developed by Vidtec and was released by U. S. Games in 1982. It uses the Joystick Controller.

The majority of the raiders consists of helicopters that drop down commando paratroopers. The player has two buildings on each side of their gun (making four total) that they must protect from the paratroopers. Each time a paratrooper lands on a building it will cause damage; once a fourth paratrooper lands on a same building, they will start tunneling underneath that building’s surface. With each additional paratrooper that lands on the building site, the tunnel will continue to grow, and if they tunnel far enough they will destroy the player’s gun with a bomb, ending the game.

Occasionally during a wave a bomber will also fly overhead and drop a bomb. If the bomb hits the ground without being shot that will also end the game. A building gets totally repaired with every 10,000 points scored, however.

Commando Raid has eight different play levels, which are distinguished by paratroopers’ color changing with each new level.


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