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Another game that was originally on the Atari 7800 is Planet Smashers. I do not recall this video game from back in the day. I am very thankful I had the money to purchase the Atari Collection 2 on the Evercade because Planet Smashers is one of the fourteen retro video games on that cartridge. Planet Smashers is in essence a scrolling space shooter. We have a plethora of different objects that come toward us while we move around on the screen.

The coolest thing within Planet Smashers is the stealth power up. Our space ship goes invisible like Wonder Woman's plane and the enemies do not target us. That was my personal favorite power up in Planet Smashers. It made the game easy for a few seconds. Then it was back to shooting and dodging. I also had to remember to pick up the power ups to assist me in surviving in this game a bit longer. Power ups are always important in space shooters.

Planet Smashers starts in a casual sort of way and then gets progressively more difficult and challenging. Hardcore gamers may not like how Planet Smashers starts out but they will enjoy where it winds up. There are an impressive amount of objects on the screen in Planet Smashers from that era of video games. The graphics are not that great in Planet Smashers though. Obviously Atari went for quantity over quality.

There are plenty of better looking and sounding shooters on the 8-bit NES. Planet Smashers is one of those video games that shows Atari was trying to do different things. I doubt Planet Smashers brought many people over to purchase an Atari 7800. Still it is a decent shooter for its era. The special effect sounds in Planet Smashers can get irritating after awhile. The background musical track is a bit too silent for my tastes.

If you like top down 2D looking shooters from the Atari 7800 days then Planet Smashers might be for you. I had some fun with this game as was evident in my live stream. That live stream has been converted into a video in our video section and is being uploaded to our different video sites. There will probably be a link to it in the first paragraph of this review. I know of better and worse games than Planet Smashers. I put this game sort of in the middle.
- Paul


Graphics: 65%
Sound: 60%
Replay/Extras: 70%
Gameplay: 60%
Family Friendly Factor: 60%

System: Atari 7800/Evercade
Publisher: Atari
Developer: Atari
Rating: ‘NR’ - Not Rated

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