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|Publisher(s)|| Thorn EMI |
Creative Sparks (UK)
|Platform(s)||Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum|
1984: C64, Spectrum
Orc Attack is a fixed shooter video game written by Deal Lock for the Atari 8-bit family and published in 1983.There were versions from both Thorn EMI and Creative Sparks. Orc Attack is notable for its high-level of violence, though the visuals are low-resolution. The game was ported to the Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum.
The Atari 8-bit family is a series of 8-bit home computers introduced by Atari, Inc. in 1979 and manufactured until 1992. All of the machines in the family are technically similar and differ primarily in packaging. They are based on the MOS Technology 6502 CPU running at 1.79 MHz, and were the first home computers designed with custom co-processor chips. This architecture enabled graphics and sound capabilities more advanced than most contemporary machines, and gaming on the platform was a major draw. Star Raiders is considered the platform's killer app. The systems launched with a series of plug-n-play peripherals that used the Atari SIO serial bus system, an early analog of USB.
Thorn EMI was a major British company involved in consumer electronics, music, defence and retail. Created in October 1979 when Thorn Electrical Industries merged with EMI, it was listed on the London Stock Exchange and was once a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index but it demerged back to separate companies in 1996.
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The player moves back and forth along the top of a castle wall, defending it from an orc horde by dropping rocks and pouring boiling oil. Attackers use ladders to scale the wall. Should one of them climb all the way to the ramparts, the player can kill it with a sword, but this diverts attention from the climbing orcs. An evil sorcerer also sends evil spirits against players.
Atari 8-bit magazine ANALOG Computing called Orc Attack "easily the most violent and gratuitously satisfying shoot-'em-up on the market today (although "drop-'em-down" might be a more accurate label)." —8/10.Arcade Express concluded, "Orc Attack combines fast-paced action with lots of strategy to produce a strong overall program"
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ZX Spectrum magazine CRASH gave Orc Attack a 91% rating.
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