Berzerk is controlled by using the keyboard. The arrow keys move your character. The control key is used to shoot.
Berzerk is a classic arcade game developed and created by Stern Electronics. It was released in arcades in 1980, and various home consoles years later, including the Atari 2600 in 1982. This Flash version of Berzerk is a port of the Atari 2600 version and is almost identical to the original.
The objective of Berzerk is to navigate the maze, avoiding hostile robots. You can shoot the robots to defend yourself and earn points, but keep in mind that only one of your bullets may be on the screen at any given time. The robots do not need to be destroyed in order to advance. If you touch the walls of the maze, touch a robot, or are shot by a robot, you will lose a life. If you stay in one room for too long, a smiley face will appear and chase you. This enemy cannot be destroyed and it is very difficult to outrun, so try to move out of each room as quickly as possible!
The Flash version of Berzerk does an excellent job emulating the classic game on the Atari 2600. The graphics and sound effects remain the same. The only major difference is that the controls may seem a bit stiffer and the gameplay is at a slower pace.
Berzerk may not seem like much compared to modern games, but it is the inspiration of many other classic games such as Robotron: 2084, Smash TV, and even Castle Wolfenstein, the precursor to Wolfenstein 3D. It is quite possible that had Berzerk not been developed, Castle Wolfenstein would not have an inspiration and Wolfenstein 3D would have never been made, in turn meaning that your favorite modern FPS games such as the Battlefield and Call of Duty series would not be created!
Berzerk is a nostalgia trip that can be enjoyed on the Web without downloading an emulator. If you have fond memories of the Atari 2600 version of this classic game, or if you are a youngster that wants to peer into the world of classic gaming, then give this Flash version of Berserk a try!