National Game Registry 1984: Rescue On Fractalus

original platforms
Atari 800
Atari 5200

Lucasfilm Games/Atari

In Rescue on Fractalus,  the player guides a ship across a barren, hostile landscape searching for stranded pilots, which can be spotted by sight or radar.  The atmosphere is strong, relying on sound as much as graphics – when the ship lands near a pilot the player can see little but hears the footsteps and then rather polite knock of the pilot.  The player can admit the pilot but must be prepared for a surprise, as occasionally alien imposters worm their way onto the ship.  When enough pilots are collected, the player leaves the planet and returns to the mothership, advancing to the next level.  The mountainous landscape, sprinkled with enemy forces, is impressive in its own right, created randomly using fractal programming.

Rescue on Fractalus was inducted on April 22nd, 2009.

Return to the National Game Registry to view more inductees.

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