Assault (1983 video game)

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Assault cover art.jpg
Cover art
Platform(s)Atari 2600
Genre(s)Fixed shooter

Assault is a fixed shooter video game released in 1983, in the United States, by Bomb for the Atari 2600.


A screenshot depicting combat between the alien craft and the player's weapon

The player is presented with an alien mother ship, which continually deploys three smaller ships during play.[2] The mother ship and the smaller vessels shoot at a weapon the player is in command of, and the player's aim is to eliminate the opposition while preventing the weapon from receiving enough fire to destroy it.[2] The player uses a joystick to operate the game, and only one player at a time can play.[1]


Critical reaction to the game by non-contemporary reviewers been mixed. Keita Iida, marked the game as unoriginal, concluded that the gameplay is unimaginative, and described the graphics as "drab visuals".[2] He also said that Assault is a rip-off of Galaxian.[2] However, Iida opined that the game is better than some other Bomb products.[2] "Classic Video Game Reviews" gave the game a B+ grade, saying that it is a "little gem," noting that though he did feel it is a rip-off of Phoenix or Demon Attack, he it is fun and employs a good colour scheme.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Assault Standard label". AtariAge. Retrieved 2009-07-21.
  2. ^ a b c d e Iida, Keita. "AGH Atari 2600 Review: ASSAULT". Retrieved 2009-07-21.
  3. ^ "Classic Video Game Reviews". Retrieved 2009-07-21.