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The classic video game, Cosmic Defender is one of the most well known space ship shooter classic video games. The video game features a side scrolling universe, which was very different to the majority of the other space shooter games of the era. In 1981 Cosmic Defender was considered to be a flop at a video game trade show in Chicago. The reason being because Cosmic Defender was considered to be too difficult to play. Judging by the success of this classic space video game, I don't think anybody listened.
Do you like to play retro space games? If you are in the same mood as us today, you probably would like to play a free Cosmic Defender video game online. Am I right? ;)
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Cosmic Defender was designed by Eugene Jarvis, and released in 1980. This cosmic space game was developed and published by Williams Electronics. Cosmic Defender is a single or two player video game of the scrolling space shooter genre. As the player you take control of a space ship and are the last defender against the invading alien attack. The object of Cosmic Defender is to protect the humanoid inhabitants and destroy the aliens. Being the humanoids defender, there is a scanner situated at the top of the screen, which depicts the gaming environment. Your space ship is armed with two main weapons, which are; a cannon that emits a laser like beam, and a very powerful smart bomb, which has the capability of wiping out every enemy on screen. The only problem being that the space ship is armed with only three smart bombs, so they must be used wisely.
There are numerous alien enemies to contend with in Cosmic Defender, these range from; Mutants, Landers, Bombers, Pods, Swarmers and Baiters. What made Cosmic Defender so difficult was the control system. Instead of using standard joystick movements, the joystick controlled the vertical movement, but to change direction requires the player to tap the reverse button. Due to the success of the classic video game version, Cosmic Defender was inevitably released on numerous game consoles and computer system, including; BBC Micro, Atari 2600 and 5200, Commodore 64, and Nintendo Game Boy.
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