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Phobia - C64 Game Cheats

Game Review & Description

Diving into "Phobia" on the Commodore 64 is like opening a door to a room you know you shouldn't enter, but curiosity – and perhaps a dash of masochism – propels you forward. This game isn't just another space shooter; it's a psychological foray into the fears that lurk in the recesses of our minds, cleverly disguised as a relentless barrage of enemies and bullets. It's as if the game developers sat down, pondered what terrifies the human soul, and then decided, "Let's make all that shoot back at the player."

"Phobia" sets its stage in the vast, unfriendly confines of outer space, presenting levels that are thematic representations of various fears. Each stage is a beautifully pixelated nightmare, teeming with enemies that are as bizarre as they are deadly. From claustrophobic caves to the dread of the unknown in the depths of space, the game takes you on a tour of terror that's surprisingly introspective for a shoot 'em up.

Graphically, "Phobia" is a testament to the Commodore 64's capability to render fear in 8-bit form. The visuals are a riot of color and creativity, with each level's design reflecting its thematic phobia. The soundtrack, meanwhile, is an electronic symphony that manages to be both catchy and unsettling, perfectly complementing the on-screen action.

When it comes to gameplay, "Phobia" is as challenging as facing your fears head-on. It demands precision, patience, and the kind of reflexes that would make a cat jealous. Power-ups and weapon upgrades are scattered throughout, offering a glimmer of hope in the relentless onslaught. It's a game that doesn't just want you to shoot everything in sight; it wants you to think, dodge, and then shoot everything in sight.

"Phobia" on the Commodore 64 is a reminder that sometimes, facing our fears can be fun – especially when those fears are rendered in charming retro graphics and set to an 8-bit soundtrack. So, take a deep breath, steady your nerves, and dive into a game that's as entertaining as it is terrifying. Remember, in the world of "Phobia", the only thing you have to fear is fear itself... and alien creatures, and bullets, and pretty much everything else.

Phobia C64 Tips and Tricks

For those intrepid gamers ready to confront their pixelated fears, here are a few genuine tips and tricks to help you survive the horrors of "Phobia":

  1. Learn the Enemy Patterns: Like any good horror, the terror becomes manageable once you understand it. Pay attention to how enemies move and attack, and you'll find opportunities to strike or evade.
  2. Manage Your Power-Ups Wisely: Grabbing every power-up you see isn't always the best strategy. Learn what each one does and decide whether it's worth the risk, especially if it means darting through a hail of enemy fire.
  3. Use the Environment to Your Advantage: Some levels allow you to use the environment to block enemy attacks or funnel foes into your line of fire. Use every advantage you can get.
  4. Practice Makes Perfect: "Phobia" is tough, but like any challenge, it becomes less daunting with practice. Don't be discouraged by failure; each attempt teaches you something new.
  5. Stay Mobile: A stationary target is a dead target in "Phobia". Keep moving, and don't let the enemies pin you down. Your survival depends on your ability to dance through danger.

Unlimited Lives (AR)

After loading the game, hit the left button on your Action Replay (or similar) reset cartridge and select "E" from the menu. Then, enter POKE 5235,189 to gain infinite lives! Hit Return and F3 (or enter SYS2172 if yours is not an AR cart) to return to the game.

Hardware Cheat

If you're loading the game on cassette and die, don't rewind the tape when promopted to do so. Instead, leave the tape playing to access the next level. In fact, if you know the counter readings for each level, you can even wind on to the level of your choice. I knew those tape decks for good for something. ;)

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