"The humanoid must not escape"

Berzerk is a multi-directional shooter in which the player has to navigate around a maze-like building while shooting enemies.

  • 1980
  • Stern
  • 2 Players
  • Shooter, Maze
Berzerk is notably one of the first video games to use speech synthesis, featuring talking robots. In 1980, computer voice compression was extremely expensive—estimated at US$1,000 per word, the English version had a thirty-word vocabulary.

How to Play

The player controls a green stick man. Using a joystick and a firing button that activates a laser-like weapon, the player navigates a simple maze filled with many robots, who fire lasers back at the player character. A player can be killed by being shot, by running into a robot or an exploding robot, get electrocuted by the electrified walls of the maze itself, or by being touched by the player's nemesis, Evil Otto.

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