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A previously unreleased cartridge making its debut at the 2003 Classic Gaming Expo, Looping for the Atari VCS is based on Venture Line's 1982 coin-op game. Gameplay involves steering a plane up or down while traversing an airport and maze. Obstacles in the form of hot-air balloons, which move in different patterns along the playfield, can be avoided or shot down for points. The title is derived from the ability to perform 360-degree loops by holding the joystick in one direction while diving or climbing.
As in the arcade game, the action is divided into two distinct phases: shooting targets and skillful flying. In the first phase, players must eliminate stationary rockets and airport terminals, which will open up a gate leading to a maze of pipes to navigate through. Play then continues with more obstacles and aggressive enemies until the player ultimately reaches "The End." The Atari VCS version features four challenge levels and a total of five screens: three devoted to the airport and two dedicated to the maze. Two players can alternate turns after losing one of the four available planes. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide