Laser Zone, VIC-20

The 1983 VIC-20 version of Laser Zone is a bare-bones conversion of the Commodore 64 original, but with one important extra: in this version you can fire diagonally too.

Yes, you read that right. I don’t think you can fire diagonally in the C64 version, but in the VIC-20 version you can, if you pull the joystick into the correct position to do so. It makes dealing with enemies on the tracks easier. It also makes playing the game in an emulator – without a joystick – to be tricky, though. At least if you want to be consistently getting those diagonals.

In spite of this extra ability, Laser Zone on the VIC-20 I don’t think has the cooperative two-player mode that the C64 version has, which is a pity as it’s the best way to play the game. I could be wrong about that, but I couldn’t find any way to activate cooperative mode in this game if it has it.

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