Released by Williams in 1981 Defender was one of the first major hits of the golden age of arcade games. This is an extremely rare and sought after arcade game and your chance to own one in mint condition!
A horizontally scrolling shoot 'em up, the game is set on an unnamed planet where the player must defeat waves of invading aliens while protecting astronauts. Development was led by Eugene Jarvis, a pinball programmer at Williams; Defender was Jarvis' first video game project and drew inspiration from Space Invaders and Asteroids.
Defender was one of the most important titles of the golden age of video arcade games, selling over 55,000 units to become the company's best-selling game and one of the highest-grossing arcade games ever. Praise among critics focused on the game's audio-visuals and gameplay. It is frequently listed as one of Jarvis' best contributions to the video game industry and one of the most difficult video games. Though not the first game to scroll horizontally, it created the genre of purely horizontal scrolling shooters. It inspired the development of other games and was followed by sequels and many imitations. Several ports were developed for contemporary game systems, most of them by either Atari, Inc., or its software label for non-Atari platforms, Atarisoft.
We at the Games Room Company have always had a great appreciation for video games, ever since the first commercial video game (Computer Space) was released back in 1971. We were one of the first companies to bring over TAITO’s Space Invaders to the UK, quickly going on to supply pubs all over the country. Our founder, Reginald Waldersmith, was a particularly avid fan of Atari’s Pong, describing it as being “quite as fun as real tennis, and not nearly as exhausting”. We have proudly continued his fondness for retro video games, and much of our inventory includes games we’ve manufactured ourselves.
- Made in USA
- Dimensions: (W) 64.5cms x (H) 185cms x (D) 80cms
- Built by Williams the original manufacturers
- Year: 1981
- Hugely popular original arcade game
- Single and multi-player modes
- Fully restored
- Free UK delivery
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