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Reprise of the vintage Berzerk Atari 2600 game. Blast the robots in the labyrinth to get score. Berzerk was initially launched on the Atari 2600 console in 1982. You play as a other life form, representing a “humanoid.”

Play Berzerk: Introduction and Background

During the late 1980’s and throughout the 90’s, the world had seen a significant increase and progress in the gaming industry. This era brought to the market a wide range of video games that have certainly become a part of our childhood. A number of popular and famous home consoles were introduced to the gaming enthusiasts such as Atari, Sega and Amigo. While these consoles were a massive step forward in the gaming world, one cannot forget the larger coin operated machines that had certainly become a part of peoples’ culture. This arcade system introduced to the world a number of arcade- styled video games, exploring the many different genres of games such as shoot-em-up, sports, numbers, etc. One such game however, that can almost never be accurately categorize to any genre is the arcade game, Berzerk.

Bererk was produced and published by the already famous pinball machine creators, “Stern Graphics”. Released in 1980, Berzerk is now considered to be one of the best and the most fun arcade classics, owing to its unique gameplay, different audio and unconventional layout. It was the first game to use the expensive digitized speech technology, adding to the overall thrill and excitement that the game had to offer.

Berzerk: Gameplay

Berzerk basically involves 5 elements; a maze, enemy robots, electrical walls, Evil Otto the smiley face, and you the Hero. Enermy robots are scattered across the maze which is bordered with electrical walls. All you have to do is destroy these robots without being shot or without colliding against the electrical walls. So what’s with the smiley face then? After a few seconds, Evil Otto will come after you. Kill the robots, escape Evil Otto, and you progress to the next level.

Berzerk did extremely well ever since its release in 1980, dominating the arcade market all across the world. Once its demand started to decline, the creators came up with a sequel in 1982 named “Frenzy”. This version offered more or less the same gameplay, but distinguished itself by introducing other interesting features such as hidden passages, reflecting bullets, etc.

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