Buck Rogers: Planet Of Zoom is a game developed by Sega in 1982.
It’s a sci-fi-themed obstacle race where the player controls the Buck Rogers spacecraft and has to drive it as much as possible into pairs of pylons.
The control of the ship provides lateral sliding to the left or to the right, stopping, moving forward (and faster) and moving backward / interrupting (and slower).
In addition, the spaceship can also shoot to release energy.
The player starts in sector 1.0 and, after the spaceship has managed to pass through a precise number of pylons (number indicated in the upper left part of the screen), the level ends and the next one begins.
The first requirement is 9 pylons and will gradually increase with each new sector.
In sector 1.1, in addition to having to complete the requirement of the pylon a group of flying saucers (from 1 to 4 per group), is presented in the game.
The player must avoid these flying disks or destroy them.
In sector 1.3 a new type of spaceship robot will fly irregularly and will attempt to crash into the player’s spaceship.
Successive sectors will gradually introduce more difficult challenges.
The game ends when the player loses all three lives available at the beginning of the game.
Although there is no penalty to avoid pylons altogether, the game also ends when the available time runs out.
The player can increase the speed to move faster, complicating the maneuverability of the spaceship.
The total score increases by the distance traveled, the piers crossed and the enemy spaceships pulled down.