By Philip Hanan
Wanna have a blast? Wanna have a laser blast? Then, play Laser Blast for your Atari 2600!!! (I should write commercials).
Laser Blast is a simple game of tag in outer space. Dodge the lasers below and blast them into the great beyond with your UFO’s death ray. The gameplay is simple: Move left and right, then fire a laser either straight down or diagonally at the enemy.
The game would be more interesting if it didn’t follow such a simple pattern. All you have to do is charge your laser (hold the fire button), blast the first laser, move right, blast the second, then move right, then blast the third. Rinse and repeat. Well, actually, just skip the rinse.
I played this on the 2600 and GB Micro and had to quit because I got so tired of playing this game. Until I learned the pattern, I hated it because I died within seconds, but after I learned the pattern, I never used up all of my lives. I guess I could have gone for a World Record, but this game is just too boring for that.
I recommend this game for people who want to stare off into space and want to enjoy a game that requires minimal effort.