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Laser Gates by Imagic on the Atari 2600

Laser Gates is a side scrolling shooter. Failsafe detonators inside the cryptic computer have malfunctioned, and your job is to pilot a spaceship to destroy them before they explode.

General Information

Developer - Imagic

Publisher - Imagic

Release - 1983

Platform(s) - Atari 2600

Number of Players - Single-player

Genre - Action, Shooter

The narrow passage you'll need to fly through is well guarded: deadly force fields appear and disappear, rocket launchers attack, and deadly byte bats will get in your way. Your ship has a limited shield; each time you are hit by one of these enemies, the shield loses energy. When the shields energy is completely gone, the game ends. Also be on the lookout for energy pods which can replenish the shield (these don't appear often, so be sure not to miss one)! To deal with some of the enemies and obstacles your ship is equipped with a laser. Naturally, your mission is timed: you will need to make your way to the next detonator before time expires and it explodes! Points are earned by disabling the detonators, destroying enemies and successfully making it past the force fields.

This game began life as Inner Space at VentureVision but VentureVision went bankrupt before it could be finished. Its programmer, Dan Oliver, then brought the game to Imagic where it was finished and released as Laser Gates.


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