Atari 2600 Game
Year of Release: 1981
The best way to describe this game is Missile Command in reverse. You control several ships that swoop out of the sky to attack the cities of a hostile planet. The bases at the bottom of the screen fire at you constantly. You have to keep your little ship moving in order to take them out.
From the instruction manual
HOW TO BECOME AN ACE AT LASER BLAST
Tips from David Crane, designer of Laser Blast
David Crane is also the designer of Dragster and Fishing Derby
by ACTIVISION. He prides himself in taking on some of the most
challenging game assignments possible.*
"As you will quickly discover, Laser Blast is a game not only of skill
but also of *endurance*. There's really no time for taking breathers.
"And that brings me to my most important tip. Always keep your ship in
motion and fire quickly! A *moving* object is much harder to hit than
one standing still. Since the attackers are continuously aiming and
firing, you much be quick enough to dodge their fire, move into attack
position and destroy their forces. Then quickly move on.
"It is possible to stay in one place and fire quickly enough to destroy
your attackers before they zero in on you. But this is a very tough
strategy to execute and demands superior skill and concentration.
"The game can get a little frustrating at times. But keep at it and
you'll soon be eligible for membership in the Activision Federation of
Laser Blasters. And take time out from your space battles to drop me a
line. I'd love to hear from you."
is the programmer
on this title.
This game is valued at around $2 USD. Games with boxes and manuals are worth more.