Crystal Computing (ZX)
|Mode(s)||Single player, multiplayer|
Cosmic Guerilla is a 1979 fixed-shooter arcade game in the vein of Space Invaders. It was developed by Universal, the company that would later create Mr. Do!. A ZX Spectrum port was published by Crystal Computing in 1983.
Cosmic Guerilla is a two-dimensional fixed shooter game. The player takes control of a laser cannon at the bottom of the screen whose movement is limited to left and right, and must fire at the aliens above. In contrast to Space Invaders the aliens are arranged in a single vertical line on each side of the screen, with their movement being towards the centre, one or more at a time, in an attempt to capture and remove the player's shields. The aliens cannot be hit by the player's shots until they begin to move, and the player may only fire one projectile at a time. Once a row of shields has been removed, one of the player's "lives", is exposed and able to be captured. Occasionally a very fast "mothership" will appear and traverse the screen just above the player dropping bombs.
There are six levels of difficulty along with four game modes allowing combinations of the regular game, bonus enemies, and faster aliens. There is also a two player mode where players take alternative turns.
Sinclair version reception
Cosmic Guerilla was invariably compared to Space Invaders, though Sinclair User described it as the "next step up", with its different scenarios and object arrangement. Home Computing Weekly, Sinclair User and ZX Computing all praised the game's smooth graphics, though HCU felt that better use could have been made of the sound. The game was generally well received, and described variously as "incredibly addictive" and "very playable", and "highly recommended".
- Cosmic Guerilla review, ZX Computing, issue August/September 1983 (p.107), Argus Specialist Publications
- Cosmic Guerilla review, Sinclair User, issue 17 (p.32), ECC Publications, August 1983
- Cosmic Guerilla review, Home Computing Weekly, issue 36 (p.17), Argus Specialist Publications, November 1983
- Cosmic Guerilla review, CRASH, issue 1 (p.46), Newsfield Publications, February 1984