There is not any higher proof of Area Invaders’ affect on the video sport trade than the Atari 2600’s library. Whereas the console has loads of traditional games to its title, a lot of its titles borrow closely from Taito’s iconic shooter. Air Raid is certainly one of them. Whereas Air Raid’s origins remain mysterious, collectors agree it is one of many rarest Atari games ever made. In the meanwhile, there’s solely one complete copy on the market, and it final offered for $33,433.

The man who offered the near-mint model of Air Raid, Harv Bennett, had a duplicate as a result of he ran a drug retailer that hawked Atari games, and secured a pattern again within the ’80s from a salesman. Bennett tried Air Raid, however determined it would not promote and supplied to return the cartridge to the gross sales consultant. The rep let Bennet hold it. Apparently, nobody else wished to purchase copies of Air Raid, both.

When you play it, you will see why. Like Area Invaders, Air Raid places the participant’s ship on the underside of the display screen and the enemies on the highest. As you play, foes journey towards the bottom at various speeds, and you will want to shoot them out of the air earlier than they pummel the buildings beneath with bullets Not like Area Invaders, the attackers descend rapidly, and solely three seem on display screen at a time.

It isn’t dangerous, precisely, however it’s spectacularly boring. It would not assist that the hit detection on the enemy ships is approach, approach off. It is one factor to lose a sport since you made a mistake. It is one other to fail as a result of your bullet flew proper via the enemy ship, rendering a direct hit totally and maddingly meaningless.