If you've enjoyed Atari's Vindicators in the arcades, you probably won't be disappointed with the Nintendo-compatible version from Tengen. It's a faithful translation of the arcade original, with similar graphics and game play. It even has a two-player mode that lets a second person join a game in progress from older tank games such as Battle Zone and Combat. Instead of simulating conventional warfare, Vindicators takes place on a series of futuristic space stations. Your mission is to fight your way through several levels on each station before advancing to the next enemy stronghold.
Blocking your way are large numbers of enemy tanks, pillboxes, and land mines. Although they aren't major obstacles, they do wear you down, and it soon becomes clear that the key to winning Vindicators is not destruction, but conservation. Your tank carries only a limited amount of fuel, and when it runs out, the tank blows up. Although you can collect more fuel, you always seem to run dry at the most inconvenient moments. The game constantly forces you to decide whether certain enemies are worth chasing down and destroying, and whether certain bonus items are worth finding and picking up.
Vindicators also lets you customize your tank. At the end of each level you can buy more speed and shield strength; more power and range for your cannon; and more advanced weapons, such as smart bombs. There's only one catch: You must pay for your purchases with stars collected during your forays through the space station. Of course, the more time you spend collecting stars, the more fuel you burn, and the more you expose yourself to enemy fire.
The only significant element Vindicators has lost in its translation from the arcades is its easy-to-use controls. The arcade version has two tread-control handles with triggers. The Nintendo directional pad is not as intuitive, and it takes awhile to get used to pushing up to go forward (no matter which direction your tank is facing).
Vindicators is not the fastest action game around. But it does give you time to think, and that's welcome in an action game that demands a little thinking.
Controlling the most powerful tank in the solar system, you must infiltrate an alien space station to eliminate their leader. One or two players can play simultaneously in this great conversion of the Atari coin-op hit.
Invade your sister worlds and blow their armies away in this home version of the Atari arcade classic. An update to the legendary classic, Tank, Vindicators puts you in control of a mechanized war machine capable of blowing away the best defenses in the galaxy. Special power-ups and shops let you adapt your tank to the opposing forces. Take on the universe in Vindicators!
This video game of a shooter genre was developed by Atari and published in 1988 by Tengen. The player takes control the tank, trying to destroy all the other tanks, turrets and saucers, along the way collecting stars, fuel and bonuses. You can exit the level if you find the key, which can unlock the doors. To customize your tank with power, speed, smart shots, shields and bombs you will have to use the collected stars.
When you start your game, by means of 1P/2P buttons you are allowed to rotate through any special weapons you might have. You must destroy a giant monster with many eyes, at the end of the 15th level.