Tuesday, October 25, 2005

UFO Master Blaster

Launched in 1979 by a company called Bambino the UFO Master Blaster was the first LED electronic game I owned, and what a gem it was! The UFO's would descend with increasing speed down one of three columns, left, centre or right, sometimes even cross columns as they got closer to your ship. The unit had a joystick and a single bright orange fire button. The gameplay was nicely balanced -- you always felt that your next go would be your best go! The industrial design of the unit was awesome, it was almost a toy in itself. In short this is a classic gadget.

Perhaps the most memorable aspect of the game was the sound effects, a simple four tone system. Amazingly this strange sound effect can be heard on a Vangelis track released around the same time -- obviously video games were not under ban in Greece back in 1979! If anyone can remember the track title please let me know. :)


At 2:15 pm, Blogger Paul said...

"dedadeda ddaaaaaaaaaaaa"

Ahhh I remember it well.


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