Patriots New

Developer John Dondzila
Publishers Classic Game Creations
Packrat Video Games, LLC
Release Dates 1996
2015 (re-release)
Genres Action
Mode Single player only
Media Cartridge
ROM file

Background Edit

Patriots is the second game in what creator John Donzila called his "1996 Vectrex Returns" series. The game itself is inspired by the arcade and Atari 2600 game Missile Command.

Throughout the years when Dondzila operated Classic Game Creations, he released three versions of Patriots. The first version was a standalone cartridge released in 1996. The second version was entitled Patriots Remix and was available on the 1999 release Vecmania. The third and final version was entitled Patriots III Ballistics Busters and was available on the 2002 release Gravitrex Plus.

Gameplay Edit

The player controls a series of ground-level cannons and must use them to protect six bases which have no defenses. Waves of missiles will descend on a course to take out both the player's cannons and bases. The farther along the waves get, the more missiles will attack simultaneously in addition to descending at a faster rate. To create even more difficulty, later in each wave, there will both be ships that fly over and release more missiles and smart bombs will fall from the sky. The ships' missiles acts just as the common missiles; however, the smart bombs will pick a target and avoid the player's cannon fire. These smart bombs will stop and even rise to avoid the player's fire. If an enemy successfully destroys a cannon, the player will lose the ability to fire from that cannon for the remainder of that wave. If all bases are destroyed, the game will be over.

Controls Edit

Main Menu Edit

  • Move to game select screen/select site speed-button 1
  • Select site speed-button 2
  • Begin game-button 4

In-game Edit

  • Move sites (cross hairs)-joystick or D-pad
  • Change site speed-button 1
  • Pause-button 2
  • Fire left cannon-button 3
  • Fire right cannon-button 4

Scoring Edit

  • Destroy enemy missile-10 points
  • Destroy enemy spaceship or bomber-25 points
  • Destroy enemy smart missile-50 points
  • 5 points are awarded for each missile remaining at the end of a level
  • 50 points are awarded for each base remaining at the end of a level
  • Each level up to level 6 is a score multiplier. The player will receive the above points times the multiplier.
  • A bonus base is awarded for every 10,000 points with a maximum of 6 bonuses per game.

Differences between Patriots, Patriots Remix and Patriots III Edit

While the 1996 version of Patriots is considered the original, Patriots Remix has identical gameplay but differs in use of multi-channel sound effects and optimized graphics.

Patriots III Ballistics Busters is a completely rewritten version of the original game with three cannons and unlimited ammo. In this version, the player's cannons will require time to reload but never run out of missiles like in the previous versions. In addition, this version also has an option to control the player sites or cross hairs through analog controls, rather that with only digital controls. These controls more closely resemble the controls used in the arcade version which were that of a trackball.

Bonus Game Edit

A bonus game version of Breakout can be found by pausing the game with a score of 150 points.

Gameplay Edit

The player controls a paddle and must bounce a ball off the paddle to hit the above blocks. The blocks are arranged in a four by ten grid. In the first level, when a block is hit, it will disappear and leave the block above it vulnerable. Once all blocks have been cleared, a new four by ten grid of blocks will be created. This time it will take more than just a single hit to clear each block. The player is supplied with three balls. If the player fails to bounce the ball off the paddle three times, it will be game over.

Controls Edit

  • Move paddle left or right-left or right on the joystick or D-pad
  • Launch ball-button 1
  • Change paddle speed-button 2

Scoring Edit

1 point is awarded per hit on a block.

Trivia Edit

  • Patriots was one of the first homebrew games developed for the Vectrex. First released in 1996, it was 14 years after the system was first available in stores.
  • Its inspiration, Missile Command, was released in the arcade in 1980 and on the Atari 2600 in 1981.
  • The cover of the first release, sometimes referred to as Patriots Limited Edition, featured a set of missiles in the foreground and the New York cityscape including the Twin Towers in the background. This cover was retired and no longer used due to the terrorist events of September 11, 2001, which resulted in the Towers being destroyed. This is also the only version which was sold sealed in shrinkwrap.
  • The game (as well as all others distributed by Classic Game Creations) was discontinued at the end of 2013 when Dondzila did not have the time any more to build games and work his day job. Packrat Video Games, LLC, however, started redistributing the game in April, 2015.
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