Yars Revenge®

Yars Revenge
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Yars Revenge®

Arcade video games were responsible for revolutionizing the world of technology. These games were simple, yet creative and were enjoyed by everyone who played them. Arcade games were available in a variety of genres and types.

Yars Revenge® is such an arcade video game developed for the Atari 2600 in 1981. The objective of the game is to shoot your way through a barrier to destroy the enemy on the other side of the barrier.

The Gameplay

The gameplay is very simple. In this game, the hero (a Yar) is an insect-like creature who must nibble or shoot through a barrier in order to fire his “Zorlon Cannon” into the breach and destroy the evil Qotile, which exists on the other side of the barrier. The Qotile can shoot at the Yar even if the barrier is undamaged, by turning into the “Swirl,” fortunately, the player is warned before the shot is fired, and he or she can retreat to a safe distance to dodge the enemy’s energy blast.

When a player’s score reaches 70,000 points, the Qotile’s shield will turn blue and the Swirl will begin to fire three times more frequently, sometimes firing without warning. When a player’s score reaches 150,000 points, the Qotile’s shield will turn gray, the Swirl will return to its normal frequency but turn into a guided missile, remaining in mid-air to try to kill the player. When a player’s score reaches 230,000 points, the Qotile’s shield will turn pink and the Swirl will again begin to fire three times more frequently, sometimes firing without warning.

Strategy

There is a safe area in the game, also called the “the neutral zone”, where the pursuing enemy torpedo cannot harm him (although the Swirl can). The Yar cannot shoot from within the neutral zone.

Difficulty Levels

Each level ends with the destruction of the Qotile or Swirl. Odd-numbered levels will have a stationary shield protecting the Qotile; even-numbered levels will have a rotating shield protecting the Qotile. The game ends when the player loses all the lives.

Interface and Controls

Use the arrow keys to move your character and a control button to fire at the enemy.

Yars Revenge® is a very simple game. This makes it very addictive and fun to play.

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Yars Revenge® © 1981 Atari Interactive, Inc. ©2011 Atari and the Atari logo are registered trademarks of Atari Interactive, Inc. All rights reserved. Used under license.