Cosmic Avenger

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Cosmic Avenger
Cosmic Avenger
Cover art for the ColecoVision port
Developer(s) Universal
Publisher(s) Universal
Platform(s) Arcade (original)
Release date(s) Arcade:
Genre(s) Horizontal scrolling shooter
Mode(s) Up to 2 players, alternating turns
Cabinet Upright
Display Horizontal, raster, standard resolution

Cosmic Avenger is a horizontally scrolling shooter arcade game developed and published by Universal Entertainment Corporation and released in 1981. Like Universal's Lady Bug, Cosmic Avenger was not a hit in arcades, but found success and a larger audience as a launch title for the ColecoVision console. It was not ported to other systems.


Mark Bussler from Classic Game Room notes that Cosmic Avenger is the first continuous horizontal side-scrolling space shooter (though it is actually predated by Konami's Scramble). Cosmic Avenger looks quite well and provides a rewarding challenge to the player.[2]

The ColecoVision version of Cosmic Avenger was reviewed in Video magazine in its "Arcade Alley" column where it was described as "great fun" and as a game that "packs more than enough excitement in its three screens to satisfy any lover of arcade-style action games". Although reviewers noted that the game is "not as free-ranging as [those] in which the ship can scroll left as well as right", it was praised for its "beautiful graphics", and it was suggested that Cosmic Avenger might herald the coming of a "scrolling shootout" trend in home video games.[3] In September 1982, Arcade Express reviewed the ColecoVision version and scored it 9 out of 10.[4]

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  1. ^ Cosmic Avenger arcade information at GameFAQs
  2. ^ Bussler, Mark. "COSMIC AVENGER review for ColecoVision". 
  3. ^ Kunkel, Bill; Katz, Arnie (December 1982). "Arcade Alley: ColecoVision–The New State of the Art". Video (Reese Communications) 6 (9): 26, 112. ISSN 0147-8907. 
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