Electronic Games - Review of Pyramid Patrol

Volume 2, Issue 9, June 1994


State of the Art: Multimedia

Pyramid Patrol (Taito/Pioneer LaserActive)

The visual impact of Pyramid Patrol is generated by overlaying digital graphics on computer generated 3-D analog backgrounds. The latter are striking, with incredible detail, texture, and motion. With a more advanced interface, these graphics could be the foundation of true virtual reality applications. The foreground digital images vary in quality. The majority of the enemy craft are noticeably flat against the elaborate background but the bosses are something to behold.

There are eight total levels, one on the Martian surface and seven inside the mysterious alien pyramid. Wave after wave of different attack craft must be engaged. Most appear ahead, though some come in from behind, but all of the action occurs in the foreground from a first-person perspective.