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  • Atari bought the home video game console rights to Phoenix which was released for the Atari 2600 in 1982. The Imagic game Demon Attack, also released for the 2600, closely resembled Phoenix. Atari sued Imagic who later settled out of court.

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  • The Centuri arcade version of the game runs on an 8085 central processing unit at 5.5 MHz, 4 kb of RAM, 16 kb of ROM, a Matsushita MN6221AA chip along with discrete circuitry for sound, and discrete circuitry utilizing 4 more 2716 2k x 8 EPROMs as well as 2 256 x 4 bipolar PROMs for video display.

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  • There is a known bug in the game where the player's force field may not work even when activated. The exact cause of this bug is not known.

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  • As of this writing, the highest known world record is 1,007,115 points set by Richie Knucklez on March 9, 2011.

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  • The game's mothership is one of the first in the industry to be represented as a video game "boss."

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  • The game was shipped in three different cabinet styles: standard/upright, cocktail, and mini/cabaret designs.

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  • Because Phoenix was being sold by multiple companies at the same time, many cabinets with slight differences are known to exist. Some cabinets feature sticker sideart which covers the upper half of the machine, and some have glass marquees. There is no joystick on the Centuri version of the game but there are joysticks on international models and even some of the cocktail releases. The game also uses a unique wiring harness which isn't known to be compatible with other games, making converting the cabinet to another game almost impossible.

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  • The actual developer of this game is unknown. Joel Hochberg of the Centuri company has said Phoenix was licensed from "a smaller Japanese developer." Taito published the game in Japan and Amstar Electronics licensed the game to Centuri for manufacture in the United States.

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