Atari 2600 - USA - 1st edition.
Air-Sea Battle, also sold as Target Fun, is a single-screen multi-player fixed shooter developed by Larry Kaplan at Atari and published by Atari in 1977 for the Atari 2600.
|Yes. As Air-Sea Battle and as Target Fun with the manual.
|Yes. I can beat the AI in every category.
My family had this game as part of a large collection of Atari games we got at a garage sale in the mid 1980s. While we gave that version to our cousin around 1988, I got a couple other copies later in life.
Best Version: Atari 2600
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- I like the use of gradient backgrounds to simulate distance.
- Aiming is pretty clunky.
- Although you can pretty much tell what everything is supposed to be, the graphics are pretty bad.
- The game features no music, and the sound is pretty grating.
- Every game has a fixed time limit of 2 minutes 16 seconds.
- While the game claims to feature a computer-controlled player, it really just fires continuously without attempting to aim, so it's easy to beat.
- Despite boasting 27 different games, they're all variations on the same theme, and they all get boring very quickly.
As usual, Atari makes box art that is better than the game. The collage by Cliff Spohn features all the game types and clearly shows what they game will entail. Pretty nice art.
The Sears release features a more family-friendly name, but still manages to accurately depict the hell of war in the box art. Stupid name, decent art, but not quite as good as the original.
Dennis Debro has disassembled and commented the source code of Air-Sea Battle.
| Air-Sea Battle
| Target Fun