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Colony 7

Arcade Video game published 42 years ago by Taito

Listed in MAME

Colony 7 screenshot

Colony 7 © 1981 Taito.

The player must defend Colony 7 from alien attack by either using the main weapons that fire shots, a Mega-Blaster which knocks out targets near the detonation zone, or with the Eradicator that acts as a smartbomb which clears the entire screen. There is an ion shield which provides temporary safety for the colony below, but can be blasted away by alien fire.

Colony 7 is in many ways a combination of two of the most popular shoot 'em up games of the time, containing elements of both Tehkan's Pleiads and Atari's Missile Command. The main innovation of Colony 7 was the extended weaponry arsenal. This gave the player the choice to change between several different weapons, with the the Eradicator needing to be purchased separately as "extended weaponry".

TECHNICAL/MACHINE PICT.
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Prom Stickers : CS01-CS11

Main CPU : Motorola M6809 (@ 1 Mhz)
Sound CPU : M6808 (@ 894.75 Khz)
Sound Chips : DAC

Players : 2
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 3
=> [1] FIRE, [2] MEGABLASTER, [3] ERADICATOR

TRIVIA

Colony 7 was released in May 1981.

SCORING

Fighter : 25-250 points
Scout : 100 points
Bummer : 100-1000 points
Advisor : 500-5000 points

TIPS AND TRICKS

* The Megablaster destroys enemies in a wide area. It consumes powercells. Used powercells turn blue. Enemies can destroy powercells.

* The Eradicator destroys all enemies and bombs on screen.

* Scouts call in more fighters until they are destroyed.

* Bonus points are given for buildings left when the last enemy in each squadron is destroyed.

PORTS

CONSOLES:
[EU] Microsoft XBOX (oct.14, 2005) "Taito Legends"
[EU] Sony PS2 (oct.14, 2005) "Taito Legends [Model SLES-53438]"
[US] Microsoft XBOX (oct.25, 2005) "Taito Legends"
[US] Sony PS2 (oct.25, 2005) "Taito Legends [Model SLUS-21122]"
[KO] Sony PS2 (jul.18, 2006) "Taito Legends [Model SLKA-15056]"
[US] Atari 2600 (2007) "Homebrew"

COMPUTERS:
[EU] PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (oct.14, 2005) "Taito Legends"
[US] PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (nov.10, 2005) "Taito Legends"

SOURCES

Game's ROM.
Machine's picture.