Atari continues their lineup of retro reimaginings for their Recharged series with Caverns of Mars: Recharged. This one is based on the original title launched back in 1981 via the Atari Program Exchange.
Through this, it ended up becoming the most successful of all titles via this program. So they would bring it to their mainline products via diskette and cartridge.
Here’s a rundown of Caverns of Mars: Recharged courtesy of Atari:
Captaining a fully armed spacecraft, players will progress through 30 unique missions set within three primary “depths” of Mars. Featuring both a Challenge and Arcade mode, furiously blast through swaths of enemies (and even the environment), sinking deeper into the depths of Mars. Be careful though, while the ship’s ammo is limited the foes’ certainly aren’t. Featuring a unique local co-op mode, players can team up with one partner assigned to navigation while the other player shoots from an indestructible drone!
Key Features Include:
- Destructible Environments: The environments in Caverns of Mars: Recharged are fully destructible — don’t hesitate to blast through any obstruction in your way, but be wary of fuel reserves. Each shot depletes fuel, but speedy travel grants time bonuses.
- Two Unique Modes: Traverse the depths of Mars in three stages in Arcade Mode, strategically choosing upgrades and power-ups that will make each run unique, or glide through 30 bite-sized levels in Challenge Mode
- Perky Power-Ups: Collect weapons that will change your strategy on the fly for tactical maneuvering. Carve a new path with a well-aimed railgun shot or let the spread of a shotgun blast do the talking for you!
- Local Co-Op: Split the responsibilities of navigating and shooting in exciting local co-op. Divide and conquer to make it to the center of Mars!
Here’s the release trailer for the game:
Caverns of Mars: Recharged is available now for the Atari VCS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC (via Steam and Epic Games Store).