History VideoGame / Gorf

16th Mar '18 6:31:21 PM bt8257
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Gameplay is broken up into five distinct "missions", each one essentially a minigame in its own right[[note]]The first is a direct clone of Creator/{{Taito}}'s VideoGame/SpaceInvaders, which was released by Midway in the U.S.. The third doesn't even try to hide the fact that it's a clone of [[Creator/NamcoBandai Namco]]'s VideoGame/{{Galaxian}}, which Midway also released in the U.S.[[/note]]. Successfully completing all five missions will increase the player's rank and loop back to the first mission. The game continues until the player loses all of their lives. The player can advance through the ranks of Space Cadet, Space Captain, Space Colonel, Space General, Space Warrior, and Space Avenger, with a higher difficulty level at each rank. Along the way, a robotic, synthesized voice heckles and threatens the player, often calling the player by their current rank (for example, "Some galactic defender you are, Space Cadet!"). Some versions of Gorf also display the player's current rank via a series of lit panels in the cabinet.

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Gameplay is broken up into five distinct "missions", each one essentially a minigame mini-game in its own right[[note]]The first is a direct clone of Creator/{{Taito}}'s VideoGame/SpaceInvaders, ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders'', which was released by Midway in the U.S.. The third doesn't even try to hide the fact that it's a clone of [[Creator/NamcoBandai Namco]]'s VideoGame/{{Galaxian}}, ''VideoGame/{{Galaxian}}'', which Midway also released in the U.S.[[/note]]. Successfully completing all five missions will increase the player's rank and loop back to the first mission. The game continues until the player loses all of their lives. The player can advance through the ranks of Space Cadet, Space Captain, Space Colonel, Space General, Space Warrior, and Space Avenger, with a higher difficulty level at each rank. Along the way, a robotic, synthesized voice heckles and threatens the player, often calling the player by their current rank (for example, "Some galactic defender you are, Space Cadet!"). Some versions of Gorf also display the player's current rank via a series of lit panels in the cabinet.
16th Mar '18 6:30:42 PM bt8257
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''Gorf'' is well-known for introducing or popularizing two new features (for its time) to the video game market. Its most notable feature is its robotic voice, powered by the Votrax speech synthesis chip (the same one featured in ''VideoGame/WizardOfWor''). Most games, even today, that feature human and robot speech use digitized voice samples rather than a speech synthesizer. Also, ''Gorf'' is one of the first games to allow the player to buy additional lives before starting the game. Most games offer a predetermined number of lives (usually three) and allow the player to earn additional lives throughout the game. ''Gorf'', which was usually set to offer two lives per coin, lets the player insert extra coins to buy up to seven starting lives.

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''Gorf'' is well-known for introducing or popularizing two new features (for its time) to the video game market. Its most notable feature is its robotic voice, powered by the Votrax speech synthesis chip (the same one featured in ''VideoGame/WizardOfWor''). Most games, even today, that feature human and robot speech use digitized voice samples rather than a speech synthesizer. Also, ''Gorf'' is one of the first games to allow let the player to buy additional lives before starting the game. Most games offer a predetermined number of lives (usually three) and allow the player to earn additional lives throughout the game. ''Gorf'', which was usually set to offer two lives per coin, lets the player insert extra coins to buy up to seven starting lives.
16th Mar '18 5:24:07 PM bt8257
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* FinalBoss: Widely credited with [[TropeMaker creating]] the concept (though {{VideoGame/Phoenix}}, which had a similar five-round progression ending in a boss fight, predated it in the arcades)

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* FinalBoss: Widely credited with [[TropeMaker [[TropeMakers creating]] the concept (though {{VideoGame/Phoenix}}, which had a similar five-round progression ending in a boss fight, predated it in the arcades)
16th Mar '18 5:23:46 PM bt8257
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''Gorf'' was originally intended to be a tie-in with ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', but when the game designers read the film's script, they realized that the concept would not work as a video game and changed its title. Even so, the player's ship bears a passing resemblance to the Starship Enterprise flipped upside-down[[note]]The ship in VideoGame/{{Galaxian}} also slightly resembles the Enterprise, for that matter.[[/note]].

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''Gorf'' was originally intended meant to be a tie-in with ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', but when the game designers read the film's script, they realized that the concept would not work as a video game and changed its title. Even so, the player's ship bears a passing resemblance to the Starship Enterprise flipped upside-down[[note]]The ship in VideoGame/{{Galaxian}} also slightly resembles the Enterprise, for that matter.[[/note]].
5th Jan '18 5:14:43 PM FordPrefect
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* HaveANiceDeath: When you (inevitably) lost, the game would taunt you, calling you a "Spaaaaace Cadet" (or whatever rank you achieved when you lose).

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* HaveANiceDeath: When you (inevitably) lost, the game would taunt you, calling you a "Spaaaaace Cadet" (or whatever rank you achieved when you lose).before losing).
13th Jul '17 4:43:57 PM tropower
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''Gorf'' was originally intended to be a tie-in with ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', but when the game designers read the film's script, they realized that the concept would not work as a video game and changed its title. Even so, the player's ship bears a passing resemblance to the Starship Enterprise flipped upside-down.

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''Gorf'' was originally intended to be a tie-in with ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', but when the game designers read the film's script, they realized that the concept would not work as a video game and changed its title. Even so, the player's ship bears a passing resemblance to the Starship Enterprise flipped upside-down.upside-down[[note]]The ship in VideoGame/{{Galaxian}} also slightly resembles the Enterprise, for that matter.[[/note]].
24th Jun '17 8:24:43 AM tropower
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Gameplay is broken up into five distinct "missions", each one essentially a minigame in its own right. Successfully completing all five missions will increase the player's rank and loop back to the first mission. The game continues until the player loses all of their lives. The player can advance through the ranks of Space Cadet, Space Captain, Space Colonel, Space General, Space Warrior, and Space Avenger, with a higher difficulty level at each rank. Along the way, a robotic, synthesized voice heckles and threatens the player, often calling the player by their current rank (for example, "Some galactic defender you are, Space Cadet!"). Some versions of Gorf also display the player's current rank via a series of lit panels in the cabinet.

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Gameplay is broken up into five distinct "missions", each one essentially a minigame in its own right.right[[note]]The first is a direct clone of Creator/{{Taito}}'s VideoGame/SpaceInvaders, which was released by Midway in the U.S.. The third doesn't even try to hide the fact that it's a clone of [[Creator/NamcoBandai Namco]]'s VideoGame/{{Galaxian}}, which Midway also released in the U.S.[[/note]]. Successfully completing all five missions will increase the player's rank and loop back to the first mission. The game continues until the player loses all of their lives. The player can advance through the ranks of Space Cadet, Space Captain, Space Colonel, Space General, Space Warrior, and Space Avenger, with a higher difficulty level at each rank. Along the way, a robotic, synthesized voice heckles and threatens the player, often calling the player by their current rank (for example, "Some galactic defender you are, Space Cadet!"). Some versions of Gorf also display the player's current rank via a series of lit panels in the cabinet.



* AdaptedOut: The Galaxians mission is not present in most home versions of the game.

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* AdaptedOut: The Galaxians mission is not present in most home versions of the game.game (and for a [[VideoGame/{{Galaxian}} very good]] [[ScrewedByTheLawyers reason]]).
11th Jun '17 1:19:05 PM VicGeorge2011
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* AdaptedOut: The Galaxians mission is not present in most home versions of the game.
16th Apr '17 12:41:14 PM nombretomado
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* SpaceInvaders: The first level, referred to as "Astro Battles".
16th Feb '17 10:34:37 PM bt8257
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''Gorf'' is an arcade game released in 1981 by {{Midway|Games}}, whose name was advertised as an acronym for "Galactic Orbiting Robot Force" . It is a multiple-mission fixed shooter with five distinct modes of play, essentially making it five games in one: an innovation at the time, as other video games had a level to clear, only to have a different level that looked the same but was a bit harder. It is well-known for its use of synthesized speech, a new feature at the time.

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''Gorf'' is an arcade game released in 1981 by {{Midway|Games}}, Creator/{{Midway|Games}}, whose name was advertised as an acronym for "Galactic Orbiting Robot Force" . It is a multiple-mission fixed shooter with five distinct modes of play, essentially making it five games in one: an innovation at the time, as other video games had a level to clear, only to have a different level that looked the same but was a bit harder. It is well-known for its use of synthesized speech, a new feature at the time.



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