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Computer Space is a space combat arcade game developed in 1971 as one of the last games created in the early history of video games. Created by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney in partnership as Syzygy Engineering, it was the first arcade video game as well as the first commercially available video game. Computer Space is a derivative of the 1962 computer game Spacewar!, possibly the first video game to spread to multiple computer installations. It features a rocket, controlled by the player, engaged in a missile battle with a pair of flying saucers set against a background starfield. The goal is to score more hits than the enemy spaceships within a set time period, which awards a free round of gameplay. The game is enclosed in a custom fiberglass cabinet in one of four colors, which Bushnell designed himself to be futuristic.

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Syzygy Engineering
Nutting Associates
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Very bad.
As far as I understand, the story is as following: You're piloting a ship, and there are aliens attacking you. That's it. Didn't expect anything complex and that's fine.

The gameplay consists of you piloting the ship and shooting at UFOs, but the controls are terribly counter-intuitive, slow, and it feels like the ship is skating on ice instead of, you know, flying.
However, it's relatively impressive for a game from 1971.

So overall, rating out of 100:
Story: 0
Not much to say here.

Gameplay: 1
Pew pew pew, if it wasn't for the ship being so sloppy it'd be okay. Also the UFOs are trained sharpshooters it seems.

Graphics: 5
They're pretty good for a game as old as my great-great-great-grandfather, but it's not worth playing it for that.

Sound/Music: 0
If you do play it, do it muted.

This leaves the game with an incredible 6 points out of 400 total. Pew pew.
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