Solar Fox

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Solar Fox
Solar Fox Cartridge
Atari 2600 cartridge
Developer(s)Bally/Midway
Publisher(s)CBS Electronics
Commodore
Programmer(s)Atari 2600
Bob Curtiss[1]
Commodore 64
Judy Braddick[1]
Platform(s)Arcade, Atari 2600, ColecoVision, Commodore 64
Release1981: Arcade
1983: Atari 2600, C64
Genre(s)Action
Mode(s)Single-player, two-player alternating

Solar Fox is an arcade game released in 1981 by Bally/Midway. It was ported to the Atari 2600, ColecoVision, and Intellivision consoles. It was also released as a Commodore-published cartridge for Commodore 64 in 1983.[2]

A comic book was released in 1983 to support the story of the game.[3]

Gameplay[edit]

Arcade screenshot

The player's task is to pilot a starship through a series of squared solar cell matrixes inside a rack. While capturing the cells the player must dodge waves of fireballs that are being thrown by Sentinels. These Sentinels move continuously along the perimeter of each cell formation. When an entire field of squares is completed (by flying through each square), the game advances to the next rack. The faster a matrix is cleared, the more points are received. [4]

There are 26 solar cell matrix shapes. Every fifth matrix is a Challenge rack. During challenge racks there are no fireballs; the goal is to clear the entire field before the time runs out. Completing each Challenge round awards a letter, to form the mystery word Helios.[5]

Reception[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hague, James. "The Giant List of Classic Game Programmers".
  2. ^ Solar Fox at Lemon 64
  3. ^ Solar Fox Comics
  4. ^ Atari Age Solar Fox Info
  5. ^ 2600 Connection Solar Fox Info Archived 2013-02-24 at the Wayback Machine

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