Defender is one of my favorite arcade games from the 1980’s. I spent countless hours playing this game in the arcade while growing up in the 80s. I hope you enjoy playing this free version online. No tokens required to play this emulated version of Defender! Free 80s Arcade is a 100% free online arcade website. This game is mobile phone and Iphone compatible.
Instructions and Game History towards bottom of page.
Click ‘Enter’ Key to Start Game. Main keyboard buttons are X and Z.
|Gamepad Button||Keyboard Button|
Click on the game window and hit the ENTER key to start Defender (you might have to hit start twice) . On a computer you can click the Zoom to expand the game to a larger size. On mobile phones and Iphone use the gameplay control buttons shown on your screen (only on mobile) to play and start the game. If you grew up in the 80's you shouldn't need additional gameplay instructions. Sorry, no sound on mobile devices in this NES emulator.
Defender is a horizontally-scrolling shoot 'em up arcade game created by Williams Electronics in 1980. The player flies a small spaceship above a long, mountainous landscape (in all versions, except the Atari 2600 edition due to memory limitations; in that case, the landscape consisted of a city represented by buildings). The land is inhabited by a small number of humanoids. The landscape wraps around, so flying constantly in one direction will eventually bring the player back to their starting point. The player's ship can fly through the landscape without being harmed by it. A number of flying aliens reside in the air above the landscape. The player's responsibilities are twofold: Destroy all aliens; Defend the humanoids from being captured. The player is armed with a beam-like weapon which can be fired rapidly in a long horizontal line ahead of the spaceship, and also has a limited supply of smart bombs (three, to begin with), which can destroy every enemy on the screen. At the top of the screen is a radar-like scanner, which displays the positions of all aliens and humanoids on the landscape.
Video Game Emulation
(Download and play on your computer)