Cosmic Avenger

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Cosmic Avenger
Cosmic Avenger Cover.jpg
Cover art for the ColecoVision port
Developer(s) Universal
Publisher(s) Universal
Platform(s) Arcade, ColecoVision
Release 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. Wes Hupp holds the official record for this game with 117,290 points on November 17, 1982.

Reception[edit]

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] Creative Computing Video & Arcade Games said in 1983 that "Although Cosmic Avenger was not terribly popular in the arcades, Coleco's adaptation will do well in the home market" and a "nice addition" to the console's library.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Cosmic Avenger arcade information at GameFAQs
  2. ^ Bussler, Mark. "COSMIC AVENGER review for ColecoVision". ClassicGameRoom.com. 
  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. 
  4. ^ http://www.digitpress.com/library/newsletters/arcadeexpress/arcade_express_v1n4.pdf
  5. ^ Linzmayer, Owen (Spring 1983). "Home Video Games: Colecovision: Alive With Five". Creative Computing Video & Arcade Games. p. 50. 

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