|Release date(s)||February 1995|
Programmer Jeff Minter, who had success with Tempest 2000 for Jaguar the previous year, wanted very much to take a crack at Atari's upcoming Defender project. After developing the Virtual Light Machine music lightsynth for the Atari Jaguar CD player,[clarification needed]
The game contains 3 modes of gameplay (Defender Classic, Defender Plus, and Defender 2000), as well 2 hidden mini-games: Flossie's Revenge & Plasma Pong.
Defender Classic is, aside from a few small imperfections, a clone of the original arcade game. The player flies a spaceship across a horizontally scrolling landscape, protecting humanoids on a planet from alien abduction.
Defender Plus takes the classic and adds new enemies to fight and more powerful weapons to destroy them.
Defender 2000 (Mode)
Defender 2000 adds still more enemies, 100 levels of play, power-up icons, bonus stages, more ways to counterattack the aliens, and allows advanced players to skip the early stages and start on higher levels.
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