I can still remember how much
I enjoyed this game in my youth! It ate up a significant number
of my quarters and I always came back for another game. It
wasn't any one thing that captured me, rather a combination of
many things that made this an irresistible game.
I can remember how excited I was to finally be able to play the
complete version of this game! I had been on MAME for ages,
first totally silent and then just with the voice, but no other
sound. But with the latest version, I finally have the complete
package! What a difference it makes! Gorf was one of the games
that captivated me, partly due to the cool speech. "Long Live
Gorf" and other little bits of speech still haunt me to this
day. The computerized sounding voice with a touch of menace made
me want to keep playing. Part of me always wanted to hear if
there was something else Gorf had to say. I always hoped if I
played long enough and made it through all the ranks, that he
would surrender or praise me for my accomplishments. Of course
he doesn't (not that I ever made it all the way through all the
ranks), but it was one of the many dreams I had.
The other real exciting aspect of the game is that there were
five different stages to the game. Unlike most games of the era,
where there was one or two stages and you kept playing them over
and over, Gorf offered you so much more! First there was the
Space Invaders level. Then came one of my favorite levels with
the death ray ships. It played a bit like Galaxian, but you had
the two ships that shot the long and very deadly rays at you.
Like all players, I always made it top priority to get rid of
them ASAP. Third stage was a real Galaxian clone. The fourth
stage was very unique as you sat at the bottom and these ships
would fly very fast in a circle and kept getting closer and
closer. This level was quite nerve wracking and many ships were
lost here. Lastly, you had the mothership. As this big ship went
back and forth, shooting at you, you had to try and shoot a hole
and blast the core of the ship. This would result in a little
show as the ship exploded and then you would go up one rank and
do it again.
Gorf made me use logic when it came to playing games. It was
logic of a youth, but it made all the world of sense to me then.
Why play Space Invaders or Galaxian, when Gorf gives me both
games, plus alot more! Whether this was their intent or not, I
don't know, but it did work on me. Despite this reasoning, Gorf
was a very good game and one I still enjoy.
This is just a review of the arcade machine.
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