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One of the things historical gamers debate and look at is the factors that led up to the video game crash of 1983. I remember being a kid and going to Sears with my dad to look at Atari 2600 video games. We also went to Toys R Us later to check out other video games and systems. I vaguely recall Air Sea Battle. I know Air Sea Battle was released in the later half of 1977. I believe this game is one of the contributing factors to the video game crash of 1983.

Air Sea Battle is a two player game where one player has a cannon on the left and the other player has a cannon on the right. There are planes or helicopters that fly overhead. Both players are trying to shoot the flying vehicles out of the sky. Players get points for whatever they shoot down. One player can play Air Sea Battle and they will wind up winning because there is no competition for them. Air Sea Battle is too similar to so many other games on the Atari 2600. The lack of innovation in too many games on that system led to the crash.

The sounds in Air Sea Battle feel familiar to other Atari 2600 video games I have played over the decades. I know they had a limitation on the audio clips but it is a bit disappointing to hear so many games using the same sounds. Looking back at that video game time era it really shows me how many people were rushing to get paid and not trying to make the video game industry better.

Graphically Air Sea Battle does not impress me. There are some different colors used on the screen. The blues in the sky change and that is the best thing about this game graphically. The animations are not that great in Air Sea Battle. I know this is an Atari 2600 video game. I have seen people in recent years code impressive things on that old system. It is possible if there had been some interest in innovation and drive.

There is one aspect of Air Sea Battle that confuses me. Where is the sea part of this game? It feels like Air Sea Battle should be called Air Land Battle. Also we are never in danger in Air Sea Battle. We shoot them and they just keep flying by. Air Sea Battle could have been rebranded as skeet and that might have been a bit more interesting and tolerable. All in all I find Air Sea Battle to be a big disappointment.
- Paul


Graphics: 60%
Sound: 70%
Replay/Extras: 70%
Gameplay: 50%
Family Friendly Factor: 60%

System: Atari 2600/Evercade
Publisher: Atari
Developer: Atari
Rating: ‘NR’ - Not Rated

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