KING & BALLOON
arcade (1980, Namco)
King and Balloon is Galaxian in disguise, albeit a very clever disguise. The aliens are replaced by rows of balloon while the player’s spaceship is replaced by a cannon operated by two guards. Instead of divebombing, the balloons float down in a series of arcs, attempting to capture the king and steal him away to the skies above. The only way to lose a life to allow the king to be captured; if the balloons destroy the player’s cannon, the player merely loses a few valuable seconds of defending the king.
King & Balloon was inducted on April 12th, 2009.
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