National Game Registry 1980: Phoenix

PHOENIX
original platform
arcade
developer/publisher
Amstar/Centuri

Phoenix begins with a black screen and a sombre, minor-key melody pulled straight from a 19th Century music box. A surprisingly detailed outer space scene scrolls by and suddenly the action begins. This sequence establishes the bleak, likely hopeless undertaking facing the player, as earth appears to be under attack by aliens.  These invaders are much more aggressive and and less predictable than their those found in Phoenix‘s space shooter peers. Some attack waves replace the enemy ships with giant swooping brids while a bonafide boss fight rounds everything off.

Phoenix was inducted on May 25th, 2009.

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