Borderline (video game)

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Developer(s) Sega
Publisher(s) Arcade
  • WW: Sega
Platform(s) Arcade, SG-1000, Atari 2600
Atari 2600
Genre(s) Scrolling shooter, Maze
Mode(s) Single-player
Arcade system Dual

Borderline (ボーダーライン, Bōdārain) is a vertically scrolling shooter-maze game released by Sega as an arcade game in 1981. [5] [2] The player controls a jeep and has to destroy enemy refineries. There are four stages with different gameplay. The first stage plays like a vertically scrolling shooter. In the second stage, the player maneuvers his Jeep through underbrush, and enemies can only follow on its path, a concept later found in Namco's Dig Dug (1982).


Borderline was reissued later in the year with slightly altered graphics as Star Raker. Borderline was later a launch game for the SG-1000 in 1983. [6] It was also converted for the Atari 2600 under the name Thunderground, released by Sega's home division; [7] it was one of the last games Sega released as a third-party developer for Atari. [4] The SG-1000 and Atari 2600 ports received positive reviews from critics.


E.C. Meade and Jim Clark of Videogaming Illustrated magazine reviewed the Atari 2600 version Thunderground in 1983. [4] Despite the original Borderline predating Dig Dug and Mr. Do! (1982), [1] the reviewers were under the impression that Thunderground was a "semi-clone" of Dig Dug and Mr. Do! Despite this, they gave it positive reviews. Meade gave it an A rating; she said "there are superficial similarities to Dig Dug and Mr. Do" but Thunderground "is a semi-clone with muscle!" She called it "a real challenge" to play, stating "What a game!" Clark gave it a B rating, calling it "a thrilling game" and very "good stuff" but said "the sense of deja-vu detracted from its appeal" while also commenting on its "violence" though he didn't "think anyone will be too bothered." [4]

French magazine Tilt reviewed the SG-1000 version of Borderline in 1984. They gave the game an overall rating of 5 out of 6 stars, while giving 5 stars for the graphics and 4 stars for the sound. [3]

In a retrospective review of the SG-1000 version in 2014, Sega Does gave it a generally favorable review with a B- rating. [8]

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