*Zaxxon gameplay video is from YouTube User “AL82 Retrogaming Longplays”*
The following is from the Arcade Museum:
Developer: Sega/GremlinYear: 1982
Class: Wide Release
Conversion Class: Sega Zaxxon
You pilot an attack shuttle whose mission is to strafe the enemy’s “Asteroid City”. Destroy fuel tanks, gun implacements, missiles, fighters and a large enemy robot. The game uses an isometric three-quarters perspective that was a unique concept to arcade games of that era.
Sega/Gremlin released 21 different machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1976.
Other machines made by Sega/Gremlin during the time period Zaxxon was produced include Battle Star, Wanted, Space Fury, Astro Blaster, Pulsar, Frogger, and Eliminator.
Using your on-screen altimeter, you control your ship with an aircraft-style joystick, barnstorming your way through wall openings, under electronic barriers, dodging rockets and in a later round, dueling with the ominous enemy robot. Your ship gains fuel by destroying the fuel tanks. A successful attack-run across Zaxxon leads you to a deep-space dogfight with enemy planes. A “cross-hair” appears indicating when an incoming plane is able to be hit by your laser. After a specified number of ships have been destroyed, the robot appears. To destroy the robot, you must hit it’s missile launcher six times, after which the round changes and the difficulty increases.
The game is much harder than it appears. If you hover over the asteroid city and do nothing, Zaxxon will shoot a homing missile at you. Enemy missiles will create turbulence which will lower your altitude and shake your plane.
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