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E > EPOCH > Cassette Vision  > Software list > Software detail

Cassette Vision

Astro Command  

Astro Command is a clone of the arcade hit Scramble from Konami (1980), and quite a good one considered the limited features of the Epoch Cassette Vision console. Its is also one of the latest games released for the Cassette Vision. It's clear the that programmers tried to push the system to its limits.

As in the original version, your fuel is limited and you must constantly keep an eye on its level (upper left number on the screenshots). If it reachs zero, your ship will crash. So you have to keep destroying fuel tanks on your way to keep the fuel level high.

Each game is divided into four levels:
- the city: avoid ground missiles and destroy mines while flying over the space cuty
- enemy base: maneuver smartly inside the tight corridors of the enemy base
- the cave: avoid missiles launched from the ground and the ceiling
- the boss: after the laser barrier, fight the big boss. Kill it by shooting in its center five times.

The game is one player only but offers 2 difficulty levels.

As usual with the Cassette Vision when games require 4 driections movement, the controls are difficult to get used to, as there are no up/down built-in the console. Here the left player leveler is used to move your ship up/down while the two action buttons are used to move forward/backward. Cumbersome.


    Astro Command was inspired by Scramble (*multiple ports*)


level 1

destroy the mines

level 2 - you must maneuver smartly to pass this part

level 3 - in the caverns

destroy the energy pods to turn off the laser wall

level 4 - the big boss

shoot in the center, its weakness

bravo, you destroyed the boss

you can also be shot

game over



box art

box - back






documentation (verso)


Astro Command gameplay

 Classic Video Game Station Odyssey 2001 - detailed info with screenshots (japanese) - detailed info about the games (in japanese)

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year of release 1983
companies Epoch
type game
media cartridge
systems Epoch Cassette Vision
number of players 1 player
staff unknown
tags horizontal scrolling, shoot them up, space

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