Apr 192011

Defender for ColecoVision™ - Box (Front)ColecoVision™ - Logo (Small)Defender™ was originally  created by Williams for the arcades, but somehow Atari ended up releaseing it for ColecoVision™. This was a pretty decent version and I got a lot of use out of it. The controls are much easier with the joystick than with all the buttons on the arcade version. I remember this one having great sound effects for 1983. My box and instructions are in great condition for this game, but the stickers on the cartridge are in rough shape.

From the booklet:

Defender for ColecoVision™ - Box (Back)Aliens from a distant solar system are swarming over the planet Humanis. They’re kidnapping Humanoids and mutating them into a permanent part of the alien force. Their mission is to transform all of the Humanoids before destroying the entire planet. First, they infest the planet with Landers which close in on the planet, abducting the Humanoids. Then the attack intensifies. Baiters, Swarmers, and Bombers terrorize the skies. And then, when you least expect it, a deadly Pod collides with your Spaceship, and blasts you to pieces.

Review (04/19/11):

Defender for ColecoVision™ - Cartridge & InstructionsIt has been a very long time since I actually played the ColecoVision™ version of this game, but I remember it very well. This is the version of Defender™ that I played the most. It had simple controls that made it easier for me than the arcade version with all the crazy buttons you had to push. And the sound was tremendous for a ColecoVision™ game. The graphics were top notch also. The explosions were particularly impressive! I loved blowing stuff up in this game and rescuing the humanoids was real fun too. There was less of a sense of urgency in this version compared to the arcade version which (as I’m sure you can tell by now) I wasn’t very good at. Like the arcade version, this version features a radar screen, smart bombs and hyperspace. I’m still not sure why this version was released by Atarisoft and not Williams: if anyone out there knows, send me a message using the contact link in the sidebar. Anyway, if you ever get the chance, and you like Defender™ (any version), I highly recommend that you give this version a try!

My Rating:

Defender for ColecoVision™ - Screenshot - 1Play Control: 9.0
Graphics: 8.0
Sound/Music: 9.0
Story: 7.0
Level Design: 7.0
Replay Value: 8.0
Overall: 8.0 (Overall ratings are rounded to the nearest half point.)

Cosmetic Condition of my copy of this game:

Overall, I rate my copy: 7.0 – It is in excellent condition for its age! This rating would be higher if my cartridge sticker was in better condition.


Defender for ColecoVision™ - Screenshot - 2System: ColecoVision™
Year: 1983
Developer: Williams
Publisher: Atarisoft
Price I paid: $14.99
Retail Price: Around $29.99
Purchased from: KayBee Toys – Pyramid Mall (Saratoga) – Remember that mall?
Game is complete?: YES, but no receipt.

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