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Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom
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
Publisher:
Developer:
Distributor:
TI-99/4a Parco Electrics (UK)
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up






























Release Date RRP Code
Arcade (VCO Object)
US
$? ?
Arcade (VCO Object)
UK
£? ?
























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




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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.

In its original arcade form, each "round" is divided into 8 "sectors", each with slightly different aesthetics and gameplay. When a round is complete, the game loops, becoming more challenging in the process.

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.

Versions

Most of the home conversions opt only use two different types of levels - a "ground" level which acts as a hybrid between the arcade sectors 3 and 7, and a "space" level which plays like sector 2 (albeit often without a background). Only the ColecoVision version attempts to replicate the arcade game's content in full - it still drops some sectors (there are six in total, and called "sections" in this port), but by featuring tunnels, it remains the closest home conversion of the game (though home ports of Zoom 909 for the MSX and SG-1000 also feature tunnels).

Magazine articles

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

Promotional material

Main article: Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom/Promotional material.

Photo gallery

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 More...[4]
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
BuckRogers A8B US Manual.pdf
Manual

ColecoVision version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
55 More...[5]
ColecoVision
55
Based on
1 review

ColecoVision, US
BuckRogers ColecoVision US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngBuckRogers 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 More...[6]
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 More...[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 More...[7]
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


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