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Game #3839
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Space Fortress    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Action   Arcade

Rating: 8.16 (6 votes)

Space Fortress box cover

Space Fortress screenshot
Space Fortress is a fun and unique action/simulation hybrid set in space. Your goal: "...defend your fortress as long as possible from enemies that endlessly increase in strength and numbers. This is much like an arcade game in that you are going for a high-score and nothing more, but also much like a simulation game since in the process of shooting down enemies you must allocate energy to the various systems on your fortress, assign damage control priorities, collect the powerups dropped by enemies, and deal with system failures as your different systems become damaged."

The game plays like a more sophisticated version of Missile Command, although you need more strategic planning and quick thinking skills than reflexes to succeed. You will spend most of your time allocating resources and issuing repair orders. While some reflexes are required in the action screen where you shoot down enemy ships, the computer targets them automatically and you can occasionally use homing weapons. If you manage to get over one hundred kills before you lose the game, you can consider yourself an expert.

With over ten types of weapons, thirty types of enemies, twenty different systems (ranging from reactor, life support, cooling, and many more), cool particle effects, and excellent interface, Space Fortress is an addictive underdog that will appeal to both fans of spaceship simulations who want something a bit simpler than Super Star Trek, and action fans who want something more sophisticated than a normal shooter. Thumbs up!

Reviewed by: Underdogs

Designer: Kris Asick
Developer: Freeware
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 1999
Software Copyright: Kris Asick
Theme: Unique
Multiplayer:  
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
Where to get it:
Related Links: Official site (archived)
Links:    
If you like this game, try: Battlezone, Star Castle, PixelShips

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