1980. stern electronics.
Berzerk! The name provides the content.
Stern electronics introduced this classic to the halls of arcade action back in 1980 with a mechanised assault on the senses.
As the only human in the many arenas and corridors, your task is to obliterate the metallic hordes thus clearing the way for the more organic to take residence.
Eight way directional movement with appropriate firing from your weapon, the action is indeed deadly. Ominous droids in the guise of rigid structured torso’s hone in on your position, firing blasters to kill you on sight.
What was actually groundbreaking at the time was the inclusion of in-game speech. A shrill, synthetic call to arms to the myriad of opponents to strike fast and hard and murder you where you stand.
If the wording is a little harsh then please bare no ill will as the game is indeed that vicious!
Electrified walls add to the need for dexterity and the timely appearance of a bouncing ball, filled with rage and the intention of destruction, also completes the arsenal of the fearsome foe.
Constantly mocking and threatening, the armies of hate hunt you, chase and indeed taunt you. Try and escape through doors in the room to another hall and the insults begin, adding to the personalised attack on your presence.
Berzerk is a forgotten classic which preludes the giant Robotron 2084, which in itself was a masterpiece, however the prequel certainly deserves a place along side the arcade video game legends that stand the test of time.
“Destroy the humanoid!”
Review by Rob Joy.