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Review by  scott delaney
Reviewed on 2006-03-25
This is truly a work of art. This is what calculator games are all about. Although the graphics could be better, the features of "Phoenix" make up for it. This is also the building block that inspired many more to create variations of this game. "Phoenix" also supports external level files, so you never get bored playing the same level over and over again.

Graphics: 7/10 lacks grayscale - monochrome graphics aren't that good.
Gameplay: 10/10 very addicting
Replay value: 9/10 since it supports external levels, you can play many times and not get bored.
Overall: 9/10 one of (if not) the best calculator games. You should get this, or a variation of this game A.S.A.P.

Review by  Lyndon Zhang
Reviewed on 2004-08-07
Note! This review was written for a previous version of this file!

This is an excellent program. It was a great improvement to an originally great “Phoenix.” The background makes you feel like you are really in space fighting enemy ships, instead of just a group of moving figures. The addition of a black background mimics the true darkness of space, as seen in numerous NASA photos. This program is definitely worth to download, and it does take up a lot of memory either. Kudos to Patrick Davidson!

Review by  Shengzhi Li
Reviewed on 2004-08-04
Note! This review was written for a previous version of this file!

Gameplay: “Phoenix” is very similar to the Galaxian and Galaga. You shoot enemies from your spaceship that become more difficult as the game progresses. The enemies are pretty much identical on each level except they become harder to kill and acquire guns that shoot sideways. At the end of a level you are taken to a shop where you can repair your shield and buy new weapons.
Rating: 8.5/10

Graphics: The graphics are not very impressive, but they are fast and smooth.
Rating: 6/10

Control: The ship is controlled using the arrow keys and 2nd button; the number keys are also used to change your weapon.
Rating: 10/10

Overall: The graphics aren't super, but the speed and smoothness make up for it. The game play is very good and the controls easy to learn.
Rating: 8/10

Updates from previous: After seeing the beta version of this game with the grayscale and the cool new graphics, I was rather disappointed after downloading this. There are no major changes in gameplay and no new levels, enemies, weapons or whatever. The only changes are that there is a border around the game (like in the 85, 86, etc. versions) and you can invert the colors. Other than that, it is basically Phoenix 2.2.

Review by  aaron barnhart
Reviewed on 2004-02-22
Note! This review was written for a previous version of this file!

Here is an example of a game Patrick Davidson put a lot of time and effort into making. This game is great, it combines the Galaga/Galaxian style gameplay with the ability to buy all sorts of upgrades for your ship. The enemies all attack in patterns, so you will eventually figure them out and beat the game (and then you get to play thru it again, and again!!

9/10 Great game

Review by  alex beal
Reviewed on 2004-01-25
Note! This review was written for a previous version of this file!

Game Play: The game is similar to the arcade game Galaga. The levels are all basically the same; you start out at the bottom of the screen in your space ship and shoot the enemies. The enemies do change and become harder as the game progresses, though. Every time you beat a level you are taken to a weapons shop where you can repair your shield, buy new weapons, etc.

Graphics: The graphics are not astounding. The ship you fly throughout the game looks like an upside-down "M." The speed of the graphics is impressive though. It is quick paced, and the graphics are smooth.

Control: The ship is controlled using the arrow keys and 2nd button (similar to a game boy) with the occasional reach down to the number pad to switch weapons.

Overall: Although the graphics are not visually astounding, the smoothness and speed make up for it. The controls are comfortable and game play is average. This game is recommended.

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