So for the last few days I’ve been playing a lot of Zybex on the Atari 8-bit, having mentioned it previously. Zybex is a horizontally scrolling shoot ‘em up, developed on the C64 and converted to the Atari.
As shooters go it’s cheap but still quite cheerful stuff; one or two players can head into battle, there are five weapon systems to collect and power up and the movement patterns are busy. It does suffer from some cheap deaths from attack waves that barrel in without any warning, bullets being spewed out at inopportune moments and much needed power-ups can occasionally become embedded within the landscape.
But despite those issues, Zybex looks pretty decent, has a good Adam Gilmore soundtrack and is probably one of the best examples of the shoot ‘em up genre released for the Atari 8-bit.