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Challenger

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Released: 1981

Genre: Shoot-’em-up

Format reviewed: Arcade

Publisher: Centuri

Developer: Centuri

Submitted by: Robert Holdridge

A fast paced shooter with base similar to Space Invaders. This game allowed you to be oriented at the top of the screen as well as the bottom. Destroy the asteroids, which fragment into growing pieces of dust, to clear the stage. If you blast too close to your ship you may not even see what hit you.  Shoot or avoid the enemies that are harrassing you.

Different stages offer different enemies. Pressing Warp will transpose you to the top or bottom of the screen. A blue vehicle of some sort will come out during a wave with a number in it. Docking with it once it has stopped moving will give you a bonus as the number goes down towards zero.

When level is clear a near-seizure inducing flashing color screen indicates the next level. Addictive, unique and great fun. Rarely seen gem.