Game: "Space Hawk"
Published by: Other
Review: Space Hawk was one of those classic Intellivision system games that for some reason entertained me to no end as a child. Part of the amusement came from the fact that you could hurl your player through the endless galaxy at ridiculous speeds. Many people compared this game to Asteroids, and rightfully so, but I always found it to be even more enjoyable due to its inherent oddness-factor. You are a lone astronaut/hunter who is stuck in deep space, armed with a gun and a rocket-powered backpack. Considering he's stuck in the middle of nowhere with no food or friends, you'd think he'd instantly turn that gun on himself, but no! No, this is a man driven by rage. Captain Ahab had his whale, our astronaut pal here has his hawk.
You see, NASA may have never picked up thing thing with their high-powered telescopes or their satellites, but space hawks DO exist and this game is all the proof you need. Space hawks are known for wreaking havoc throughout the galaxy as they lay their deadly gas bubbles while flying on by the stars. Oh sure, the astronaut can blast his way through hyperspace as much as he wants... he can kill countless space hawks with his trusty "gas blaster" weapon of choice, but sooner or later, one of those hawks will catch up with him, and when it does? Well, you can bet that one of their deadly gas bubbles will be the end of him.
It may not have the fame of Asteroids, it may not have the storyline of Moby-Dick, but I can tell you one thing for sure: Space Hawk is the only game in existence where you fight deadly hawks in outer space with a gas blaster. For this reason alone, I applaud the developers of Space Hawk for their brave foray into pixelated space madness.
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)
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