It's late 1982, and small videogame companies are taking it
to the chin. Astrocade is virtually extinct, and Apollo's
attempted rise from the ashes of bankruptcy does not seem to
Yet, in November, Robert Hesler of Grand Prairie, TX, started
up a new videogame company called VentureVision.
Hesler owned an Atari 2600, and founded his company with a
starry-eyed, "if they can do it, I can do it."
Using some of Apollo's ex-employees -- a programmer and sales
personnel -- he put together the first release, Rescue Terra I
and released it in December. The purpose of the game was to navigate
meteor storms, destroy space pirates, battle robots and force
fields, and reach the planet Terra I. VentureVision hoped to
be a hit with the public by making the game available for $19.99,
and plans were in place for eight more releases in 1983 at the
same price. The first of these were to go on sale in April;
Inner Space and Solar Defense. Both
were to be sequels to Rescue Terra I (hence the
numerical designation in the title).
Inner Space was to be an adventure inside Terra 1.
The player fights various enemies on the way to the planet's core,
where he or she must destroy the computer which governs the world.
Solar Defense is spacebound, the player operating
a space station in earth orbit. The station is situated in the center
of the screen, where it is beleagured by various projectiles coming at
it from 360 degrees. The station is visited every now and then by
a cargo ship from Terra 1, a vessel which contains energizing
Zenbar Crystals mined on the planet.
Unfortunately, poor sales of Rescue Terra I forced
the company into bankruptcy and VentureVision was never to be heard
from again. Don't blame it on the quality of RTI, however. Imagic
later picked up its sequel, Inner Space and released
it as Laser Gates. And as any 2600 fan will tell you,
Laser Gates is one of the best games for the system.
One can only speculate as to how good Solar Defense and the others
might have been had they been brought to market.
- Innerspace (not released)
- Rescue Terra I
- Solar Defense (not released)