Rear Guard (video game)
|Release date(s)||Dec 1981|
Rear Guard is a game originally written for the 8-bit Atari computer and released in 1981 by Adventure International. Neil Larimer created the game with assistance from Sparky Starks; it was subsequently ported by other programmers to the Apple II, TRS-80, and TRS-80 Color Computer computer platforms.
- The Apple II version was created by John Anderson
- The TRS-80 Color Computer version was created by Jim Hurd of Coniah Software
- The TRS-80 port was created by Wayne Westmoreland and Terry Gilman
Debuting in December 1981, the game sold 3,400 copies by June 1982, appearing on Computer Gaming World's list of top sellers. In March 1983 Rear Guard won Softline's Dog of the Year award "for badness in computer games", Atari division, based on reader submissions. The magazine reported that although the Apple version was "just fine", "According to the ballots, Rear Guard [for the Atari] was bad beyond belief" and that it had not published a review because "it was so 'interesting' ... just remember what your last blind date looked like when the person who set you up said, 'Well, she's got an interesting personality'".