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Publisher: Sega
System(s): Sega G80, Atari 2600
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up

Release Date RRP Code
1982-11  ?
Atari 2600
1982 $?  ?

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Tac/Scan (タック スキャン) is an arcade game developed by Sega Electronics in 1982. It runs on the vector version of the Sega G80 hardware. Tac/Scan is a shoot-'em up; however, unlike traditional shooters, the player pilots up to a maximum of seven space ships at once. Ships can be taken out by enemy fire, but may be re-obtained later on and activated when the player sees fit.

As the game is powered by vector-based hardware, the game is able to switch views seamlessly. A third of the game has a traditional top-down shoot-'em-up setting, another third uses a third-person perspective and the last third has the player navigate through a series of hoops.

Tac/Scan was brought to the Atari 2600 in 1983, also by Sega Electronics. This port suffers considerably and removes the third-person segments. Tac/Scan has recently been included as part of Sega Mega Drive Collection on the PlayStation 2.

Sega Electronics also developed versions for Atari 8-bit computers and the Commodore VIC-20, but they were not released. A prototype of the VIC-20 has since surfaced on the internet, however.


Magazine articles

Main article: Tac/Scan/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Physical scans

Sega G80 version

G80, US
TacScan G80 US Manual.pdf
TacScan G80 US Manual Preliminary.pdf
Preliminary Manual

Atari 2600 version

Atari 2600, US
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TacScan Atari2600 US Cart.jpg
TacScan 2600 US Poster.jpg