Air-Sea Battle

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Air-Sea Battle

Air-Sea Battle - 2600 - USA.jpg

Atari 2600 - USA - 1st edition.

Developer Atari
Publisher Atari
Published 1977-??-??
Platforms Atari 2600
Genres Action, Fixed shooter, Shooter, Single-screen
Themes War

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.

Personal

Own?Yes. As Air-Sea Battle and as Target Fun with the manual.
Won?Yes. I can beat the AI in every category.
FinishedAround 1987.

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.

Review

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Best Version: Atari 2600

— This section contains spoilers! —

Good

  • I like the use of gradient backgrounds to simulate distance.

Bad

  • 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.

Ugly

  • Despite boasting 27 different games, they're all variations on the same theme, and they all get boring very quickly.

Media

Box Art

Documentation

Videos

Gameplay.

Play Online

Atari 2600

Download

Dennis Debro has disassembled and commented the source code of Air-Sea Battle.

Representation

Strong female character?FailThere are no characters.
Bechdel test?FailThere are no characters.
Strong person of color character?FailThere are no characters.
Queer character?FailThere are no characters.

Credits

Role Staff
Designer Larry Kaplan
Programmer Larry Kaplan
Atari Cover Cliff Spohn (as C. Spohn)

Titles

Language Native Transliteration Translation
English Air-Sea Battle
English Target Fun

Links

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