Review by Daniel Foot



Overall: 9.7

The packaging is professional right down to the robust black box and the etched Protector symbol proclaiming the game's individuality. Inside an original Vectrex cartridge, and although it looks brand new, must date back to sometime in the 1980's. Everything is so exquisite to the highest caliber; the simple yet informative instructions, the individually number cartridge and the outrageous bright pink overlay proclaiming "Protector" in authentic 80's font. This is RETRO to the maximum.

There are only 100 of these babies released worldwide and I was lucky enough to get a hold of one to take for a spin. The game is based on the 1980 Williams Electronics "Defender" designed by Eugene Jarvis in which you pilot a craft and rescue "humanoids" from the savage and forbidding aliens. It's a case of zap or get zapped as you come up against "Baiters, Bombers, Pods and Swarmers" who will go out of their way to make sure the humanoids stay in their evil clutches. This side-scrolling shooter is fast, I'm talking off the dial fast, and at times you'll need every last weapon of your arsenal to combat the enemy and just stay alive for the few frenzied minutes of intense in your face gameplay.

Going on the age of the Vectrex she is likely to have heart failure when you unleash the fury and grandiose of this game upon her. Be advised.

This game produced in the U.K. by Alex Herbert. Alex will soon be releasing another new game called YASI (Yet Another Space Invaders) and the release date shouldn't be too far away.

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Last updated: Wednesday, December 10, 2003 02:30 PM