I'm trying to identify an arcade game that I remember playing.

At the bottom was the player's rocket that you could move in left-right direction and possibly also a small amount up and down (not sure about this).

The attackers look different in each level, had a different color (always a single color) and attacked in a different formation, but always identical in the respective level. The quality of the graphics was similar to that of Space Invaders.

I can still remember two levels:

  • One in which the attackers were yellow spaceships, visually similar to your own rocket, which simply came down in a vertical direction.

  • Another where the attackers were green; the shape reminds me in the broadest sense of a fighter from Star Wars that destroys the Death Star.

    The green attackers here constantly hit hooks, both up and down, but the main direction of movement is downward.

If one of the attackers is still down, the level starts all over again.

Additional difficulty was a limited amount of fuel.

What was this game called?

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    could it be astro blaster? youtube.com/watch?v=qfFwKCb3ZwA Commented Apr 7, 2023 at 10:29
  • I presume the one you played had the sound turned off or disabled, because the one I used to play, had a speech synthesizer/sample that said "Play Astro Blaster" whenever you started the game.
    – Neil
    Commented Apr 15 at 10:05

4 Answers 4


found it :)) it was Astro Fighter

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    Love it when one finds their own answer. Well done!
    – phyrfox
    Commented Apr 8, 2023 at 4:00
  • On a point of trivia which you may not care about at all, those green space ships are presumably reminding you of the tie fighters which defended the Death Star; the ships that attacked and destroyed it were x-wings. Seeing that the game was released a couple of years after the first Star Wars movie, I suspect the resemblance was intentional.
    – IMSoP
    Commented Apr 8, 2023 at 10:39
  • Take a look at WinArcadia
    – Polluks
    Commented Apr 20, 2023 at 19:32

Looks a lot like Enigma 2

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Single color aliens, & the fact that very few vertical shooters have a fuel bar (Astro Blaster is another one) certainly helps.

  • a good guess! the quality of the graphics is similar, but it wasn't Enigma 2
    – Torsten
    Commented Apr 7, 2023 at 12:08

It sounds quite a bit like Galaxian.

Galaxian image from Wikipedia

  • no, it wasnt Galaxian.
    – Torsten
    Commented Apr 7, 2023 at 12:09

Ticking some, but not all, of the boxes is Gorf (Midway, 1981).

Gorf arcade cabinet gameplay video

  • no, it was not Gorf :(
    – Torsten
    Commented Apr 7, 2023 at 12:11

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