Defenders of Earth

• Publisher: Hi-Tec Software
• Developer:
Enigma Variations
Release Date: 1990
Code: Stuart A. Cook

GFX: Pete Tattersall
Music: Ben Daglish

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 33%
Our Game Rating: 65%


FILE: defendersoftheearthend.zip



• Completed & Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

Defenders of the Earth was a kids cartoon from the late eighties. I remember watching it as a kid and thought it was okay. I remember the various characters which included Flash Gordon and his nemesis Ming the Merciless.

The game itself is okay too. It's a horizontally scrolling action game where you have to navigate your way through various corridors, blasting bad guys and leaping chasms in search of the evil Ming, who has imprisoned your young defender friends. The graphics are pretty good and the game plays quite well.

He-man finally manages to find the exit.

Far out!

The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Using infinite energy and lives cheats.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you find the final screen, you get to fight Ming - who appears as a large floating head. After a lot of blasting, he explodes leaving you free to exit through the teleporter. Some kind of weird teleport effect happens, which transports our hero to the throne room where Flash's young friends are being held captive. A final end screen of congratulations appears confirming that Ming has been defeated and the captives are now free. The game is completed.


  • Neil: There's a short effect and a short message. It's not very good. 3/10.

  • Vinny: Like the game, it's very flat. Still - I wasn't expecting anything and so 4/10 from me.

  • Gaz Spence: I seem to remember this game being on a covertape at some point. Game play reminds me of another stinker - Atura, although the graphics are much better. The ending brings some closure, but rather than mentioning the throne room in the text, why not show it graphically?

  • Andy Vaisey: Fantastic... now I'm going to spend the rest of the evening with the theme tune running through my head...

    Cartoon was brilliant, game was rubbish and the ending is the pits. Full stop.

  • Andrew Fisher: It was on a covertape, which is where I played it... the kindest thing to say is that it had a nice idea in having the other characters assist you at key points in the game. But the flick-screen action was outdated and the ending is awful.

  • Brendan Phoenix: I agree it does have a rather dated feeling about it.

    Never played this or even watched the cartoon - seeing this ending makes me want to do neither.

FINAL SAY: Shame really. Not a great deal happens

G.E. RATING: 3.5 / 10

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