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Protect your planet from the enemy in Planet Patrol from Spectravision. A side-scrolling shooter in the vein of Defender and Chopper Command, you must pilot your ship over your planet day and night, shooting down enemy craft and avoiding their missiles.
There are a few different stages in Planet Patrol. In stage one, your ship, located on the right side of the screen, can move up and down as you fly to the left, shooting at enemy spacecraft and dodging enemy fire. At the end of this stage a black ship appears, which you must dock with in order to land and refuel.
After docking with the black ship, three enemy refueling stations appear which you must destroy in order to advance to the next level. Immediately following the refueling station, your ship enters into a minefield. No shooting is necessary here, just good piloting.
Once you make it past the minefield, maneuver your ship over the landing strip to meet the fuel truck. Then you take off and face the enemy again, only this time they're faster and you must face them in both daylight and at night, when only the light of your lasers will give you clues to your enemies' positions. The game ends when you run out of fuel or lose all of your lives.
Planet Patrol contains two one-player and two two-player variations. Games one and two vary in the speed of the players' ships. The difficulty switches are not used. ~ Michael Schwartz/Joan Dykman, All Game Guide