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The Adventures of Major Havoc – 10 Forgotten ’80s Video Games

Atari

Back in the ’80s, vector graphics divided arcade gamers. Some liked how the geometric lines of releases like Star Wars were simplistic and visually pleasing, while others preferred the cartoonish 8-bit stylings of releases like Dig Dug and Frogger. If you find yourself in the former camp, you’ll want to seek out Atari’s The Adventures of Major Havoc.

Set in a dystopian future in which aliens and their robotic henchmen have enslaved humanity, the game lets players become a clone of the heroic Major Havoc as he attempts to save the day. Where the inventiveness kicks in with this one is through then-unheard of gameplay mechanics that included the ability to skip levels and play mini-games. Part shooter/part platformer, the game is a blast of wonder that is highlighted by its fluid graphics and constant surprises. You can see a video of the game in action here. Check it out and wonder why you haven’t heard of Major Havoc and his noble quest sooner.

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