Stargate

Published: October 7, 2010 - Last update: February 26, 2011 - 1408 downloads

Alt name
Defender II
Year
1983
Genre
Action
Theme
Arcade, Coin-Op Conversion
Publisher
Atarisoft
Developer
Williams Electronic Games, Inc.
Perspectives
3rd-Person, Side-Scrolling
4.38 / 5
8 votes
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Description of Stargate

1983 saw the release of Stargate (also known as Defender II) on the DOS system. A action game, created by Williams Electronic Games, Inc. and distributed by Atarisoft. If you like arcade, coin-op conversion, download, install and enjoy Stargate!


Stargate, later marketed as Defender II, is a little-known sequel to Defender. The game added a few elements to the Defender gameplay including the inviso, some new enemies, and the stargate. The stargate gave you a quick escape route, and allowed the really skilled player a chance to get huge bonus points by flying into the gate with humanoids in tow. If you manage to bring in more than four, you will warp four waves forward. The inviso makes you invisible for as long as you hold the button down (and as long as you have any left) and also allows you to destroy any enemy you fly through with no damage to you. Although the gameplay remains as addictive as ever, I found Stargate harder to control than Defender. Doubtless this is due to the addition of new features like the inviso which require key presses to activate, but it still doesn't feel very intuitive. Keeping the keys pressed also gets tiresome after a while - but maybe I'm just not a good enough arcade player to feel accustomed to it. It is still arguably better than the old method in Defender which requires you to fly out of the playing field entirely to activate secondary weapons. If you enjoy the original, you will probably like this sequel too. It just doesn't grab me the way Defender does. Recommended.
Review by HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

#7802

Texcentric added this comment :

This was my all-time favorite video game back when I still played video games. I never understood the appeal of Asteroids which seemed tedious in comparison. Stargate was like Robotron on steroids. The accelerated pace of Stargate required the full engagement of both hands along with quick reaction time & was not conducive to cigarette smoking.

#5971

OM added this comment :

...This one tanked in the arcades because Williams' tweaked with the control response and made the fighter sluggish. They also removed the glitch/bug/feature where if you let off the smart bomb and shot forward at max thrust you'd kill the landers that were on the next part of the screen you flew through. Put a Stargate next to a Defender, and you'd see one quarter dropped in a Stargate for every hundred in a Defender. Arcade I worked at when Stargate came out actually ordered the conversion kit and changed it to a Defender before the first six months were done. Thing was so damned unplayed that the console didn't have any cigarette burns on it!

#1163

nickmap added this comment :

Great Game!!

 

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