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NATO Defense (alternate mazes)

NATO Defense (c) 07/1982 Pacific Novelty.

A two dimensional maze game where you run over mines and shoot enemies for points. Sections of walls can be shot, and there are "dumps" where you can pick up more shots to shoot at your enemies. Be careful, though, as your enemies can also shoot you.


Main CPU : Z80 (@ 4 Mhz)

Sound Chips : (2x) AY8910 (@ 1 Mhz), Samples (@ 1 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 256 x 256 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 16

Players : 2

Control : 4-way joystick

Buttons : 1 (FIRE)


NATO Defense uses an eight minute cassette loop with simulated talk over communication lines. Key word here is 'simulated' -- various pseudo-accents are taken, some saying things like 'You got the wrong war'. Last long enough in the round, and the background voice will say 'good playing. You should be in the infantry'.

Paul Barrette holds the official record for this game with 1,113,000 points.


There are two different sets of mazes for the game. The alternate mazes version depends more on open spaces.


Running over a mine : 10 points

First Enemy Tank shot : 100 points

Second Enemy Tank shot : 500 points

Third Enemy Tank shot : 1000 points

Fourth Enemy Tank shot : 2000 points

(the second, third and fourth enemy tank must be shot almost immediately after each other, otherwise you'll get 100 points for each tank you shoot)