Search
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.

Login  | Register  | PW? ]
You have 0 points
PHOENIX
Rise from the flames!

Posted by boyo on Feb 11, 2011 22:00 (Feb 11, 2011 22:00)

The simplistic concept of the initial arcade shooter was somewhat short lived. Left, right and fire had proved to be a successful formula for a vast number of releases after the arrival of the seminal Space Invaders in 1978. To ensure the continuing success of the arcades, however, publishers had to innovate.



Released by Taito in 1980, Phoenix propelled game play mechanics forward by introducing the concept of 'bosses' to the arcade goer - larger than life baddies that had to be destroyed in order for the player to continue on their quest for the high score position.

The player controls their ubiquitous space craft at the bottom of the screen; inheriting the traditional left, right and fire shooter mechanics of its arcade brethren. In addition, a short-lived shield is provided that, once activated, gives the player's ship seconds of protection through four levels of onslaught from phoenix propelled missiles and kamikaze birds of fury that launch down the screen in waves as they home in on your modest spacecraft.

The psychedelic 'mother' of all mother ships greets the player in awe-inspiring fashion in the final level, spewing forth missiles and phoenix as it descends down the screen towards your vulnerable vessel. After the bosses that have appeared since in titles such as R-type and Nemesis, this ship of doom looks pretty rubbish and instils as much fear and panic in the player as an ant in a China shop.



A nod of the head must go to the fabulous artwork adorning both the sides of the upright Phoenix cabinet and control panel. The beauty of the cabinet, accompanied by a busy and colourful attract mode drew passing gamers in like a Siren hypnotising their next kill.

Phoenix is an addictive blaster that never fails to invoke the "one more go" desire in the player. The sheer simplicity of its design accompanied by the fantastic looking cabinet insists the player comes back to this classic game for more.
 Our Rating for Phoenix
9.0
Fun Factor
8.0
Graphics
8.0
Sound
0.1
Multiplayer
9.0
Single Player
8.0
Controls
9.0
Overall
Interaction
Rating:
95%
Login to submit your vote!
Share
URL Snag
Comments
Post Comment
Comment Rules
  1. No advertisments, flooding or spamming
  2. All comments should be on topic
  3. Use proper language to express yourself: no cursing or swear words
You may not post comments as a guest. Please register or login to your account.
Username:
Password:
Create a new account?
Forgot your password?
#1 May 3, 2011 14:28:02 ( May 3, 2011 14:28 )

DVDfever
Phoenix was indeed one of the classics from the early 80s. It was a little bit different from the norm and massive fun for playing on a cocktail cabinet where the display switched round depending on who was playing.

Hope it's okay to post a link here to some pics of my MAME arcade cabinet which I bought about a year ago. You probably need to be registered with Facebook to see them, but that's all.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.396270927360.162774.544642360


Article
Retro Fusion Interviews Jonathan Cauldwell
A Christmas Cracker...

Posted Dec 29, 2011 16:44 by boyo
Comments (4)

Retro Fusion catches up with Bit...
Ice Cream....
Dec 27, 2011 21:52

Di's Baby
Long before ripping out spines in Mortal Kombat or carrying out hit and [...]
Dec 21, 2011 20:47

Summer of Sonic Event - London 2011
Wish it was Summer again...
Dec 1, 2011 22:14

Virtua Tennis - 10 years on....
10 years on...now that's AGES..
Nov 30, 2011 17:20

Space Junk released for iPad, iP...
In space...
Nov 28, 2011 23:25

Where’s the love for the 8-bit...
Show me the love...
Sep 22, 2011 21:24

Do fanboys dream in 128K?
I dream therefore I am...
Jul 22, 2011 21:12

Remember Cassette Games?
Beep, Beep!!!! Beeeeeeeeeeeep.......
Jul 17, 2011 18:21

At what point did playing old, e...
I'm old, but I'm not retro!
Jul 6, 2011 21:42
Article Rating:
99%
1. An interview with Fred...
Type: Article
Author: boyo
Views: 4641

99%
2. 10 PRINT "Speccy Rules"
Article

99%
3. Sensible World of Spin...
Article

99%
4. The Great Escape
Review

99%
5. Knight Lore
Review

99%
6. Ste Pickford - Blog En...
Article

99%
7. Take home a Blitz Dizz...
Article

99%
8. The Fantasy Art of Oli...
Article

99%
9. Wizball
Review

99%
10. Gem : Little Computer ...
Article
Latest Comments
Re:
Dec 29, 2013 22:55 by boyo
 Well this never took ...

Re:
Apr 2, 2013 17:27 by rpothers
Missed the boat I think..Ha...

Re:
Apr 2, 2013 16:05 by rpothers
Hey, how can I help?

Re:
Mar 25, 2013 18:58 by boyo
Hey Andy - so your up for a...

Re:
Mar 24, 2013 18:04 by andyplc
I'll have some of it
home forums blogs games articles media video Advertising
News | Articles | Blogs | Files | Video | Cheats | Achievements | FAQ
Great Games: Eurogamer

Popular: Pinball Fantasies | The Secret of Monkey Island | Starquake | Microprose Forumla 1 Grand Prix | Streets of Rage 2 | Galaxian | Knight Lore | Sensible World of Soccer | Wizball | Turrican