Video Game / Stonkers

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Stonkers is a ZX Spectrum Real-Time Strategy game—some say it may be the first ever RTS.

Its main claim to fame nowadays is as the butt of a Running Gag; anyone asking on a Speccy community, "What is the name of this game?" is likely to get at least one answer saying, "it's definitely not Stonkers."

This game provides examples of:

  • A Winner is You: As per a game released in 1983.
  • Baseless Mission: There's no way to replace your old units or create the new ones. While you and the computer have Headquarters areas, it's rare to win or lose a game by capturing them as it's far quicker and easier just to annihilate the entire enemy force.
  • Definitely Not a Running Gag
  • Boring, but Practical: Defending the bridge. It's a bottleneck so you can easily hammer each enemy division with three of yours as it comes off the bridge and it's close to your supply base allowing you to quickly and easily resupply your divisions. Add in the fact you can rotate the divisions doing the fighting and it becomes a Game Breaker - it's entirely possible to perform a Curb-Stomp Battle and destroy every enemy division without losing a single one of your own.
  • Easy Logistics: Supplies for your units are not delivered easily. In fact, first you need to wait for the ship with the said resources. And then use your supply trucks.
    • You can also capture the enemy's supplies.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: Tends to crash after a few minutes of play. At least, not on its' later builds.
  • Kill 'em All: The object of the entire game is to destroy all enemy opposition. Destroying oncoming hordes of aliens doesn't count, however. Technically you can win by capturing the enemy Headquarters but if you are doing well enough to do this, it's quicker to just finish off the enemy directly.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Any division that moves into water is instantly destroyed.
  • Trope Maker: Obviously enough, for the entire RTS genre.
  • Ur-Example: Stonkers, released in 1983, may be the very first Real Time Strategy Game.
    • It also had a cursor for selecting units and giving them orders. This control scheme would rarely be used again, until Dune II hits the shelves. In addition, it had a minimap.
  • Wizard Needs Food Badly: All your units have a supply stat, which depletes with time. Once the stat is at zero, the unit's dead and gone.

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