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Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Distributor: TI-99/4a Parco Electrics (UK)
System(s): VCO Object, Apple II, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit, ColecoVision, Commodore 64, MSX, PC Booter, TI-99/4A, VIC-20, ZX Spectrum
Genre: Shooting































Release Date RRP Code
Arcade
US
1982-12 $?  ?
Arcade
EU
1983[1] £?  ?
Atari 2600
US
1983 $?  ?
Atari 2600
EU
1983 £?  ?
Atari 2600
BR
1983 $? C 3032
Atari 5200
US
1983 $?  ?
ColecoVision
US
1983 $?  ?


Commodore 64
US (Cartridge)
$? ?
Commodore 64
UK (Cassette)
£9.95 ?
Commodore 64
EU
€12.95 ?
ZX Spectrum
EU
€7.95 ?
Apple II
US
$? ?
Atari 8-bit Family
US
$? ?
Commodore VIC-20
US
$? ?
TI-99/4a US $? ?
TI-99/4a UK £27.50[2] ?
IBM PC compatibles
US
$? ?
MSX
UK
£11.95[3] ?



Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom is an early arcade game developed by Sega for VCO Object hardware. It uses the Buck Rogers comic book/television license, and stands as one of Sega's first licensed video games, along with Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator, both debuting in 1982. The game is adapted from the earlier Zoom 909, a largely identical game seen predominantly in Japan.

Gameplay

Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom is one of the earliest examples of a "rail" shoot-'em-up game. Gameplay is played in a pseudo-3D third-person perspective, with enemies and obstacles moving towards the camera. 2D sprites are scaled in real-time to give an illusion of depth - technology which would serve as a basis for a plethora of arcade games produced by Sega in the 1980s.

History

Legacy

Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom was brought to a wide variety of home consoles and computers between 1982 and 1985, including the Apple II, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit family, ColecoVision, Commodore 64, IBM PC (as a PC booter), TI-99/4A, VIC-20 and ZX Spectrum, each suffering slightly due to weaker hardware. Due to odd circumstances, the MSX received two ports of the game by different developers and publishers, one under the Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom name, and another as Zoom 909.

Gallery

Magazine articles

Main article: Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

CVG UK 038.pdf

PDF
Commodore 64/ZX Spectrum print advert in














Computer & Video Games (UK) #38: "December 1984" (1984-xx-xx)
also published in:













  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #39: "January 1985" (198x-xx-xx)[4]

CVG UK 040.pdf

PDF
Commodore 64/ZX Spectrum print advert in














Computer & Video Games (UK) #40: "February 1985" (198x-xx-xx)
also published in:













  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #41: "March 1985" (1985-xx-xx)[5]













  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #42: "April 1985" (1985-xx-xx)[6]













  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #43: "May 1985" (1985-xx-xx)[7]

CVG UK 044.pdfCVG UK 044.pdf

PDF
Commodore 64/ZX Spectrum print advert in














Computer & Video Games (UK) #44: "June 1985" (1985-05-16)
also published in:













  • Computer & Video Games (UK) #45: "July 1985" (1985-06-16)[8]

CVG UK 047.pdfCVG UK 047.pdf

PDF
Atari/Commodore 64/ZX Spectrum print advert in














Computer & Video Games (UK) #47: "September 1985" (1985-08-16)
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Crash (UK) #14: "March 1985" (1985-02-28)
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TeleMatch DE 09.pdf

PDF
Print advert in














TeleMatch (DE) #9: "Februar 1984" (1984-xx-xx)

Physical scans

VCO Object version

VCO Object, US
BuckRogers VCOObject US Marquee.jpg
BuckRogers VCOObject US Manual.pdf
Manual

Apple II version

Apple II, US
BuckRogers AppleII US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngBuckRogers AppleII US Box Front.jpg
Cover

Atari 2600 version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
50 №9, p31[9]
Atari 2600
50
Based on
1 review

Atari 2600, US
Buckrogers Atari2600 US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngBuckrogers Atari2600 US Box Front.jpg
Cover
Buckrogers Atari2600 US Cart.jpg
Cart
Buck Rogers Planet of Zoom Atari 2600 US Manual.pdf
Manual
Atari 2600, EU

Buckrogers Atari2600 EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Atari 2600, BR
Buckrogers Atari2600 BR Intellivision Box.jpg
Cover
Buckrogers Atari2600 BR Intellivision Cassette.jpg
Cassette

Atari 5200 version

Atari 5200, US
Buckrogers Atari5200 US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngBuckrogers Atari5200 US Box Front.jpg
Cover
Buckrogers Atari5200 US Cart.jpg
Cart
BuckRogers5200USManual.pdf
Manual

Atari 8-bit Family version

Atari 8-bit family, US
Buckrogers Atari8bit US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngBuckrogers Atari8bit US Box Front.jpg
Cover
BuckRogers Atari8bit US Cart.jpg
Cart

ColecoVision version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
55 №31, p44[10]
ColecoVision
55
Based on
1 review

ColecoVision, US
BuckRogers ColecoVision US Box Front.jpg
Cover
BuckRogers ColecoVision US Cart.jpg
Cart
ColecoVision, EU
BuckRogers ColecoVision EU Box Front.jpg
Cover

Commodore 64 version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
38 №1, p58/59[11]
Commodore 64
38
Based on
1 review

Commodore 64, US
BuckRogers C64 US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngBuckRogers C64 US Box Front.jpg
Cover
BuckRogers C64 US Cart.jpg
Cart
BuckRogers C64 US Manual.pdf
Manual
Commodore 64, UK
BuckRogers C64 EU Box.jpg
Cover
BuckRogers C64 EU Cassette.jpg
Cassette
BuckRogers C64 EU Manual.pdf
Manual

MSX version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
92 №44, p118[3]
MSX
92
Based on
1 review

MSX, EU
Buckrogers MSX EU Box.jpg
Cover
BuckRogers MSX EU Cassette Back.jpgBuckRogers MSX EU Cassette Front.jpg
Cassette

PC Booter version

DOS, US

TI-99/4A version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 №36, p34-35[2]
TI-99/4a 90
Based on
1 review

TI-99/4A, US
BuckRogers TI994A US Box Front.jpg
Cover

VIC-20 version

VIC-20, US
BuckRogers VIC20 US Box Front.jpg
Cover

ZX Spectrum version

ZX Spectrum, UK
Buckrogers Spectrum EU Box.jpg
Cover
BuckRogers Spectrum UK Cassette.jpg
Cassette

References

  1. File:CVG UK 021.pdf, page 31
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:CVG UK 036.pdf, page 34
  3. 3.0 3.1 File:CVG UK 044.pdf, page 118
  4. File:CVG UK 039.pdf, page 48
  5. File:CVG UK 041.pdf, page 44
  6. File:CVG UK 042.pdf, page 56
  7. File:CVG UK 043.pdf, page 87
  8. File:CVG UK 045.pdf, page 34
  9. File:TeleMatch DE 09.pdf, page 31
  10. File:CVG UK 031.pdf, page 44
  11. File:Zzap64 UK 001.pdf, page 58