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Full titlePenetrator
Year of release1983
PublisherMelbourne House (UK)
Re-released byInvestronica S.A. (Spain)
Microbyte [1] (Spain)
Author(s)Beam Software (Philip Mitchell, Veronika Megler)
Inspired byKonami Ltd (UK) (arcade coin-op: Scramble)
Machine typeZX Spectrum 48K
Number of players2 - alternating
ControlsKempston and Keyboard
TypeArcade: Shoot-em-up
Message languageEnglish
Original publicationCommercial
Original price£6.95
2350 ptas.
AvailabilityAvailable as both Perfect TZX and non-TZX
Protection schemeNone
Additional infoAppeared on side B of the compilation 10 Mega Hits (Beau-Jolly Ltd)
Appeared on the compilation Clasicos Spectrum: Basurero + Penetrator + Astro Blaster + 3D Tunnel (Microbyte [1])
Appeared on side B of the compilation Football Manager + Penetrator (Microbyte Software [2])
Appeared on side A of covertape 48K issue 04 (Monser S.A.), as 'Challenger'
Participant in the C&VG 1983 Golden Joystick Awards
Also listed on Wikipedia and Freebase
Remarks2nd place in the C&VG 1983 Golden Joystick Awards - Best Arcade Style Game.
Veronika recalls: "It had a game editor, which we wrote because we were tired of calculating bitmaps by hand; and we ended up putting that on the tape as well, and it became part of the game."
Other systemsThis title was also advertised for and/or published on the Commodore 64 and Timex
Score 7.91 (145 votes)   See scores and vote!

Download and play links
Run on-line with a 48K Java Spectrum emulator Penetrator.tzx.zip19,748(Perfect TZX tape image)Original release1983
Run on-line with a 48K Java Spectrum emulator Penetrator.tap.zip22,875((non-TZX) TAP tape image)1983
Run on-line with a 48K Java Spectrum emulator Penetrator(InvestronicaS.A.).tzx.zip19,752(Perfect TZX tape image)Re-releaseSP1141983
Run on-line with a 48K Java Spectrum emulator Penetrator(Microbyte1).tzx.zip19,650(Perfect TZX tape image)Re-release1987

Additional material
Penetrator.gif4,255(Loading screen)
Penetrator.scr6,912(Loading screen dump)
Penetrator.gif1,262(In-game screen)
Penetrator.txt7,775(English instructions)
Penetrator(InvestronicaS.A.).txt480(Spanish instructions)
Penetrator.png31,149(Game map)
Penetrator.jpg93,395(Cassette inlay)
Penetrator(InvestronicaS.A.).jpg61,144(Re-release cassette inlay)
Penetrator(Microbyte).jpg92,330(Re-release cassette inlay)

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