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Polaris (Latest version)

Polaris (c) 08/1980 Taito.

A one player, single screen shoot-em-up, baring many similarities to Taito's most famous shoot-em-up, "Space Invaders", in which a player takes on the role of Commander of a Polaris class nuclear submarine. War has been declared and the Polaris' mission is to defend the country from enemy attack.

In battle, players must defend against wave after wave of enemy planes (fighter jets and missile-dropping bi-planes) as well as enemy subs and destroyers. Players must also be careful to avoid the many mines and depth charges that litter the ocean.


Board Number : PS070001

Prom Stickers : PS01-PS06

Main CPU : 8080 (Number : AA017768)

Sound Chips : Discrete circuitry

Screen orientation : Vertical

Video resolution : 224 x 240 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 8

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 1 (FIRE)


Cyril Herridge holds the official record for this game with 791,800 points.

A Polaris in a mini-cabinet was shown at the 2003 classic arcade games show 'California Extreme' in San Jose, California.


* Consoles :

Atari 2600 (1983)

Sony PlayStation 2 (2007, "Taito Memories II Vol. 2")