Tandy TRS-80 – The Eliminator

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Not as edgy as the title implies.

This acrade shooter was written by Wayne Westmoreland (slips right off your tongue) and Terry Gilman and published by Adventure International in 1981.
You might think to yourself:
Hey, that game looks exactly like Space Defender.
And you are right. AI thought the same, so they bought the rights from William Electronics just to be sure.  A risky move, but it worked out fine. The game sold well and is still fun today.

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You control a spaceship that can move left and right and you try to kill all the evil aliens (I assume). At the top of the screen you have a little map that shows you where the enemies are. You can fire rapidly or drop up to three bombs if things get to hectic.
Movement is smooth, I love those tiny *phew* sounds and it’s an overall charming experience. I throw those words around alot when reviewing games by AI, but you just feel that a lot of thought and dedication went into those classics.

There are a few minor annoyances.
Some enemies appear out of nowhere, you might spawn directly in front of a bullet and there is one enemy-type that moves like he had way too much coffee and this a**hole will get you. Mark my words.

This, of course, doesn’t change the fact that The Eliminator is a nice little time-waster for ten minutes or even hours. Which in retrospect puts it ahead of other games in it’s genre.

7/10

Here’s a vid by hirudov:

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