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Squad Challenge - Desert Falcon (Atari 7800)


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Desert Falcon
Atari 7800
Difficulty Level: Standard
Play on: Real Hardware / Dedicated Console / MAME / Emulation OK! ✔
Squad Challenge ends 11:59 pm PST June 14, 2020




Play for the highest possible score using the difficulty settings defined in the challenge. Post a photo or YouTube video of your score in this thread. Scores must be achieved between June 1st through June 14th, 2020. Screen captures are not allowed as they are more easily manipulated for falsified scores. Multiple submissions are permitted. The player with the highest score at the end of the competition is the victor!



Anyone can join in. All players are welcome!


Play Rules

Games may be played on real hardware, Flashback, or emulation, using any controller or keyboard, following all rules and game settings defined in the challenge. Choosing between real hardware or emulation, and choosing which controller to play on is part of formulating your strategy. Enhancements, rewinds and hacked versions of this game are not allowed.


Difficulty Level

Standard. This provides a balanced amount of difficulty and enjoyable gameplay.


Fair Play

Your integrity is everything. Players should play fairly, be honest, and have fun! Falsified scores will result in your immediate removal from the site. It goes without saying that we will not allow cheats, hacks, cartridge frying, enhancements, rewinds, deceitful photo manipulation, subterfuge, or any other unfair advantage. Everybody hates a cheater.



To review detailed rules on how to play, please visit the High Score Squad page here: 




Welcome to our 80th Squad Challenge! We're pulling out a great and often overlooked classic that mixes Zaxxon game play with Egyptian motifs for a really unique game on the Atari 7800. To win at Desert Falcon requires some basic understanding of the game play and how the Super Powers work. My suggestion is to take a glance at the instruction manual and familiarize yourself with the Hieroglyphs and how to play. I'd also encourage you guys to SHARE YOUR STRATEGIES here in the Challenge, this is a great opportunity for that! Game and PDF Instructions are provided below. It's time to kick back, relax, and collect Pharo's lost jewels! I hope you guys are ready for a new season of High Score Squad and good luck to everybody participating! 


NOTE: Another great Squad Challenge is coming up soon! We'll be playing a DOUBLE FEATURE Squad Challenge next time! Thanks for playing, and enjoy!







Desert Falcon.a78 Desert Falcon.pdf

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27,554 just a little higher.  I’ll have one really good run then 3 that are terrible. I love the risk and reward factor of this game, so many tempting things to get on the ground but you run the risk every time. 

Keep plugging away


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16 hours ago, atarilbc said:

Damn, I forgot how hard this game is. It's hard to tell which plane the enemies are on in relation to the player character. I feel like I'm missing all of them! 😂

This is a GREAT game for us to share our strategies here in this Squad Challenge. Figuring out all of the Hieroglyphs and combinations is key, and it's a smart move to download the Instruction Manual in the first post to get a better grasp on the game.

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MANNN this game is RELENTLESSS. I forgot how challenging Desert Falcon is! So much going on, shooting the guys up in the air, flying low and landing and shooting the ground level baddies, collecting jewels and hieroglyphs, there's a lot to juggle and a lot coming at you.

High Score: 35,241

I'm going to keep working on my score. I had fun playing this today though. Good luck to everyone playing!


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3 hours ago, Atari Creep said:

My start. 15730

Played live on IG using emulation and a USB game pad


Can't believe I missed out on this. I checked in around 9:40 hoping to catch the later part of your stream but I must've missed it. Great starting score!

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