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This article is about 1988 computer game. For other uses, see Obliterator (disambiguation).
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Cover art by Roger Dean
Developer(s) David H. Lawson
Garvan Corbett
Jim Ray Bowers
Publisher(s) Psygnosis
Composer(s) David Whittaker
Platform(s) Amiga
Amstrad CPC
Atari ST
ZX Spectrum
Release date(s) 1988
Genre(s) Arcade adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

Obliterator is a side-scrolling arcade adventure computer game published by Psygnosis in 1988.


The game was programmed by David H. Lawson and its graphics were made by Garvan Corbett and Jim Ray Bowers. The control method is identical to that of Barbarian which was published the previous year.

The game begins when the main character Drak is teleported into the alien spaceship that is approaching the earth. The objective of the game is to destroy the spaceship by finding certain objects from the ship. When the self-destruction is active, Drak has to find an escape shuttle before the spaceship blows up in order to survive.

The game was released for many formats including Amiga, Atari ST, MSX, ZX Spectrum and IBM PC.

The soundtrack was composed by David Whittaker and the cover art is by the artist Roger Dean.


Obliterator was reviewed in Computer Gaming World as a fun, well-executed action game, albeit not a challenging one. The game was praised for using score not just as an arbitrary value, but also to determine the time left for the hero to escape.[1]

C-lehti (3/1988)[2] gave five stars for Amiga version and also full ten points for its music, graphics, interest-factor and "atmosphere". The review says that the game shows that the Amiga computer is capable of delivering what users have been awaiting, using computer's capabilities in a way that makes gaming experience a visual enjoyment. The review notes that the game is relatively easy to finish but still leaves a feeling that the game was worth of its price. A possibility to save a game state on a disk is seen as an improvement to the previous game, Barbarian, from the authors.


  1. ^ Seacat, Douglas (August 1988), "Destruction Unlimited: Psygnosis' "Obliterator"", Computer Gaming World, p. 23 
  2. ^ Alanen, Markku (June 1988), "Obliterator", C-lehti, p. 61 

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