Combat is a video game developed and published by Atari on 1977-09-11 for the Atari 2600. The game was a launch title for the system, and included with the purchase of the Atari. Combat is based off two earlier Atari arcade game, Tank and Jet Fighter. The game contains 27 variations of tank or aircraft combat where two human players try to shoot each other while maneuvering out of the way of the other player's shots. Successfully hitting your opponent earns you a point, and each game lasts a little over 2 minutes.
Combat was played quite frequently by my family because it was short and simple, but still enjoyable.
I used to own a cartridge of Combat, but I no longer do. I've beaten other players, but there is no story mode or AI to defeat.
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- The 27 different modes offer a fair amount of game play variation which helps keep the game interesting for awhile.
- The game is well-balanced. Players have identical vehicles, but a range handicap can be introduced by employing the difficulty switches.
- The game lacks an decent ending. All that happens when time runs out is controller input stops. The victor doesn't see any reward.
- The game is seriously media-challenged. There is no music, only primitive sound effects, and the graphics are blocky and dull.
- Despite claiming 27 variations, a lot of them are just minor differences from an existing mode. This means the game becomes redundant and dull very quickly.