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VD Tonic - 18/06/2014
That's what you first think when you play the game. But you won't make it past the 4th or 5th wave with that "tactics". Every level has got its pattern and you need to figure them out in order to succeed.
Only downside is that there is no level selector so you always have to play from the beginning. You can cheat adresses $6019 and $6027 though to start at the desired wave.
I like :)
gwobby - 06/06/2014
Are you guys serious?!!!! - I seem to remember just being able to wiggle the joystick round to play with no skill required whatsoever 1/10!
VD Tonic - 30/05/2014
In my opinion one of the most underestimated games on the Atari. This easily could have been an arcade classic. Once you have understood the concept the gamepplay is as dense as Missile Command, Qix and other Atari classics. My lately rediscovered favourite.
thax - 19/10/2013
ive owned this game since its release and loaded it maybe twice. no amount of brainwashing would makeme want to load it again. should be a basic game.
Auntie Pastie - 18/10/2008
Having never played it at the time, I was surprised to find out that Frenesis wasn't *quite* as awful as its reputation suggested. Not brilliant or even particularly good by any means, but there's a mildly interesting and original game concept in there, even if it does get repetitive fairly quickly.

The other thing that lets it down as much as anything is the execution; with its flat and crude use of character-based graphics (even down to the use of the default colours!) it looks and plays like a moderately-interesting type-in game. (Or at least 5 years older than it is). The sound is annoying too.

Still, I've played worse.
Jonny EOL - 12/11/2006
Almost universally regarded as one of the least interesting games in history, Frenesis essential involves moving a bar to protect another bar from diamond and butterfly shaped enemies. It's all very abstract, and it's all very boring.


Frenesis atari screenshot
Frenesis atari screenshot
Frenesis atari screenshot


GenreArcade - MiscellaneousYear1987
LanguageMachine LanguagePublisherMastertronic (UK)
Players1CountryUnited Kingdom

Takoushi, Tony

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Cover Artist(s)[unknown]SerialIT0175
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