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Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom lets you take the command seat of the Buck Rogers fighter. You must fly to the Planet of Zoom before it is destroyed by an alien force.
You view this game from behind your fighter, which travels progressively forward and can move up, down, right, left and diagonally on the screen. When you release the controls, the ship automatically moves left or right to center itself.
Each of the seven chapters (levels) of play in this game involves shooting and dodging enemy ships that appear in the distance and get closer and closer to your fighter. You'll maneuver your ship over the surface of planet Zoom, through the darkness of outer space and through long, narrow trenches while battling flying saucers, rockets and enemy planes. Level six is peppered with asteroids as well as rockets and saucers. Each level is timed — you should destroy as many saucers and enemy planes as possible in each section before time runs out. You get no points for shooting rockets.
In the final chapter of this game you'll meet up with your ultimate foe: the Command Ship controlling Zoom. You must ward off squadrons of enemy planes while trying to destroy the ship's four engines in a limited amount of time. Then you must blast away the reactor gates at the center of the Command Ship.
After you destroy your ultimate foe, the game is not over. You must repeat the entire process again and again until all your ships are destroyed or your mother (or wife) calls you to dinner, which ever comes first. ~ Brett Alan Weiss, All Game Guide