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Space Panic

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Released: 1982

Genre: Platformer

Format reviewed: Colecovision

Publisher: Universal

Developer: Universal

Submitted by: Alex Reeves

The Colecovision console was overshadowed by the Atari 2600, but in many ways was a superior console with great graphics and sound, and it excelled in having arcade conversions that were true to the original.

Space Panic is one of the very earliest examples of a platform arcade game, and involves your character being chased along platforms and up and down ladders by aliens.  To kill them you had to dig holes in the platform, and when an alien falls in the hole fill it up again.

As well as the excellent Colecovision conversion, I also had this game on the BBC Micro, where it was called "Monsters".