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Game No. 300
Voting 6.11 points, 18 votes
Developer Eric Cotton
Company Commodore
Publisher Commodore, Handic
Release 1983
Platform Arcade, Atari 8-bit, Atari 2600/5200, C64, CBS Colecovision, Commodore MAX Machine, VIC-20
Genre Shoot'em Up, Miscellaneous
Gamemode Single player
Operation Icon Port1.pngJoystick
Media Diskette Cartridge
Language Language:english
Information The cartridge version supports the Magic Voice Speech cartridge

Description[edit | edit source]

The Gorfian Empire poses a great threat for the Instellar Union. The task is to destroy the flagship's fleet. The Gorf fleet consists of androids, laser ships, attack ships, the space warp fighter squadron, flagships and of course the Gorf themselves. Each flagship sends four attack waves, this corresponds to four different levels. During the battle you need to fight the attackers and the flagship behind each force. After fending off all four attack waves successfully there is a promotion. Then the Gorfians send an even more powerful flagship and a stronger attacking force. So the four levels start anew with a higher difficulty grade.

1st attack wave: Astro Battles

Astro Battles

The Gorfian attack starts with the setup of three android fleets. These are lead by a Gorf and supported by small and big UFOs. The androids attack in the shape of a matrix, that tries to destroy your fleet. With rising rank the Gorf sends the androids in a lower height. With a bit of skill the Gorf and some androids can already be destroyed before the attack formation is complete. At the same time you are supported by a force field that gives you certain protection.

2nd attack wave: Laser Attack

"Laser Attack"

Here, your battle squadron is attacked by two Gorfian forces at the same time. Each force consists of a Gorf leader, three attack ships and one laser ship. The laser ship forms the spearhead, it has an extremely efficient and extensive energy beam, that you should pay special attention to.

3rd attack wave: Space Warp

"Space Warp"

The space warp fighter squadron is the highly developed Gorf force. It starts from a protective space warp in a spiral shaped formation. This fighter squadron is equipped with special torpedoes that shoot exactly at your position by a homeing radar. With rising rank not only the number and speed of the fighter squadron rises, but also the number of torpedoes.

4th attack wave: Flagship


When you have reached the flagship you need a certain attack strategy. Gorfian flagships are protected by a force field. Even if you have destroyed this force field and hit the flagship, only a small piece of the ship is blasted from it. These pieces flying through space are as dangerous as the fire balls that are permanently shot at you. The only possibility to destroy the flagship and with this end your mission, is to pierce the body of the ship and cause the atomic reactor to explode by laying it open. In advanced missions the flagship is accompanied by Gorfs.

Design[edit | edit source]

... animation from level 1

Graphics: The single missions take place in a 2D design on one screen. The graphics are rather simple and do without much colour. In one line at the upper border of the screen you get shown the current score, the number of fighting jets left and the highscore. At the lower border of the screen you see the current rank, the mission number and name.

Sound: The battle is only accompanied by some sound effects, e.g. during shooting and explosions. However, Gorf is known for an at that time remarkable novelty: the roboter voice that talks to the player and mostly scorns him. This is also implemented in the C64 and can be heard, provided you play the cartridge version with combination of the Magic Voice speech module. Then you will hear, e.g.:

  • "You have been promoted to captain"
  • "Some galactic defender you are"
  • "Prepare yourself for annihilation"
  • "Your end draws near"
  • "Survival is impossible"

Hints[edit | edit source]

... animation from level 2

Controls of the jet

Your fighter jet is controlled by the joystick in port 1. A movement into all 4 directions can be done, so up, down, left and right. You shoot a missile with the fire button. Here several short range missiles can be shot on near targets. Long range missiles, however, are removed by firing another missile. So only one missile is out at a time. This can be helpful but also a disadvantage, here you need to use the right strategy.

Keyboard commandos

By pressing the RESTORE key, the game can be restarted without resetting the highscore.

Wiht the key RUN/STOP the game is paused until the joystick is moved or the fire button is pressed.


A successful battle leads to promotion. The following ranks are awarded:

  • Space Cadet (mission 1-4)
  • Space Captain (mission 5-8)
  • Space Colonel (mission 9-12)
  • Space General (mission 13-16)
  • Space Warrior (mission 17-20)
  • Space Avenger (mission 21 +)

Score system

Astro Battles

Attacker: 50 points
Big UFO: 100 points
Small UFO: 200 points
Gorf at the start of the mission: 250 points
Gorf after the mission: 300 points

Laser Attack

Gorf: 100 points
Attack ship: 100 points
Laser ship: 300 points

Space Warp

All attackers: 250 points


Hit on the ship and removing a piece: 20 points
Destroying an accompanying Gorfs: 100 points
Destroying a piece that flies: 150 points
Hitting the atomic reactor: 1000 points

Solution[edit | edit source]

1st Attack Wave: Astro Battles

At best you first destroy as many androids as possible while the Gorf is still occupied with setting up the fleet. If you destroy the Gorf during this time the fleet will be send out completely anyway. You are more successful if you attack the matrix from the flanks, so the left and right side. From that your work way to the middle. If you place your ship at a convenient side of the matrix they will move exactly into your fireline. Furthermore, you should position your fighter jet preferably below the protective force field.

2nd Attack Wave: Laser Attack

Due to the extremely dangerous and extensive energy beam, you should first destroy the laser ships. Then the rest of the attackers and finally the Gorf. But beware, after the laser ship has been destroyed by a fighting group, the Gorf and the attack ships will permanently go for the fighter jet.

3rd Attack Wave: Space Warp

The Space Warp Fighters should be destroyed as early as possible. Move as close as possible to the start centre to shorten the fire time. But beware of the fire balls! Move your fighter jet from one side to the other during firing, to avoid the torpedoes, but at the same time try to stay on the middle line if possible.

4th Attack Wave: Flag Ship

At first remove a bigger part of the force field. Then try to aim for a break through to the reactor.

Cheats[edit | edit source]

Voting[edit | edit source]

Voting of the C64-Wiki users (10=the best vote):
6.11 points at 18 votes (rank 773).
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C64Games 6 18th October 2006 - "good" - 2.835 downs
Lemon64 7,07 4th December 2006 - 15 votes
Ready64 6,5 27. Juli 2019 - 2 voti

Reviews[edit | edit source]

FXXS: "The idea to present different variations of Space Invaders or respectively Galaxy in the single levels is quite nice, but the end product has unfortunately not turned out any better than the originals, therefore 6 points..."

Robotron2084: "Well, the game was not a bringer in the arcade hall. And then there is a whole level (which is Galaxian!) missing here. Furthermore, the game gets unmanagably difficult in the third round. So, I give 5,5 points of 10."

Shakermaker303: "I was excited by "Gorf" from the beginning. The sounds are ok, playability and controls of the own fighter as well. It belonged to my first 3 games for the C64, I had it as a cartridge and give the game 8 out of 10 points, although it is supposed to be a clone."

Ragnarok: "This game reduces Aristoteles to absurdity: The whole thing obviously is not necessarily the sum of its parts.... from me only 3 points and a hearty yawn!"

TheRyk: "Unfortunately, the attack wave 'space warp' totally spoils it all. From round to round, avoiding the asteroids more and more becomes a matter of luck, which is a pity, because otherwise, the game is really fun to play. However, I rate it 5 points including some old school bonus."

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

If you spell GORF backwards, you get the word FROG, allegedly the nick name of the original programmer or a allusion to the hopping Gorf at the beginning of the game. In the commercials, however, Gorf was given as a shortage for Galactic Orbiting Robot Force.

The orginal arcade machine version consists of 5 level, so one level more. Level 3 is Galaxian there. The first level is a clone of Space Invaders, but with only 24 enemies instead of 55. The Galaxians level (24 enemies in Gorf, 346 in the original) is not contained in any conversion due to legal licensing reasons.

Cover[edit | edit source]

Cover of Gorf

Cartridge[edit | edit source]

Game cartridge Gorf C-64618 (C64 version)
Game cartridge Gorf 3404 (Max version)

Highscore[edit | edit source]

Topscore of Robotron2084
  1. Robotron2084 - 22.880 - Space General (20.11.2012)
  2. TheRyk - 18.630 - Space Colonel (17.11.2012)
  3. Ivanpaduano - 13.180 - Space Cadet (19.03.2019)
  4. Werner - 11.540 - Space Captain (26.12.2012)
  5. Stefan67 - 9.320 - Space Cadet (26.10.2006)
  6. FXXS - 8.070 - Space Captain (19.10.2006)
  7. Keule - 6.790 - Space Captain (04.11.2012)
  8. Sledgie - 6.750 - Space Captain (27.07.2019)

#2 TheRyk #3 Ivanpaduano
#2 TheRyk #3 Ivanpaduano

Links[edit | edit source]

WP-W11.png Wikipedia: Gorf