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Defender

DOS - 1983

Also available on: Apple II - Atari 8-bit - ColecoVision - Commodore 64 - Intellivision - VIC-20

Alt name Earth Attack
Year 1983
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Action
Theme Arcade, SHMUP, Sci-Fi / Futuristic, Shooter, Space Flight
Publisher Atarisoft
Developer Williams Electronics, Inc.
Perspectives 2D scrolling, Side view
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.73
4.19 / 5 - 16 votes

Description of Defender

Defender is Atari's excellent PC port of Williams' arcade hit - one of the most successful of all time designed by legendary Eugene Jarvis.

Your mission, as captain of the "Defender" ship, is to protect the humanoids stranded on the planet from their alien abductors. The scanner will help you determine a strategy to shoot down the alien ships before they reach the humanoids. If you destroy the aliens after they have captured their prey, you must return the humanoids to the safety of the planet or they will fall to their death. If an alien carries its victim out of your range, the humanoid will mutate, join the alien force, and take to assault with deadly vengeance.

Like the arcade version, the beauty of Defender PC is that challenge becomes ever more intense the more you play. You'll come across new, tougher enemies such as bombers, mines, and the cosmic "Baiter." The range of power-ups is also innovative for their time: you have a limited "smart bomb" power, and "hyperspace" puts you into an unknown space warp.

Defender is truly one of the timeless classics that is no less fun no matter how many times you have played it. A must-have, and an induction into our Hall of Belated Fame. If you like this game, also check out the less-known sequel called Stargate on this site.

Review By HOTUD

Comments and reviews

dj 2020-04-05 1 point DOS version

One of the best memories of my childhood, playing Defender in the arcade. Still my favourite game.

MYMOON 2020-03-28 0 point Commodore 64 version

not bad.

Chris-DonPedro 2019-09-06 0 point

I remember playing this game as a kid, wasting all my pocket money in Game Saloon.

Cateyesrh 2019-06-10 0 point

I think it's a very good game

Alex 2015-09-11 1 point DOS version

@DEB
Try setting Aspect=True in DOSBox options, that might do the trick. You can also try setting fullresolution=original and windowresolution=original
Otherwise check the DOSBox wiki, it's full of resources.

deb 2015-05-23 0 point DOS version

it does download on windows 7 home. got it installed, downloaded stargate and ran it, but the resolution (I think) is wrong I know it's a old game but even full screen mode is too big, rather the letters needs to be smaller, to fit correctly in dosbox window does anyone know how to do that?

old 2014-10-29 1 point DOS version

I use to play this game when i was a kid. Best game in the world.

declvn 2013-11-29 1 point DOS version

it doesnt download on windows 7?

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