Colony 7

The Arcade Video Game PCB by Taito

Colony 7 screenshot

Emulated in MAME !

Information for the following ROM(s): colony7 colony7a

DESCRIPTION

[ARCADE] Arcade Video Game PCB

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 INFORMATION

PICTURE :
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Colony 7 the  Arcade Video Game PCB
Click to enlarge
(members only)
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.