At first glance, Subterranea, makes you think that perhaps Imagic dropped the ball or got lazy, but like many games for the Atari 2600, you have to play for a little bit before all of the charms of the game are full revealed. I received Subterranea as a birthday gift from my Grandmother way back in 1984 and was not exactly thrilled. I had not really heard of the title, although I knew that Imagic usually meant quality, and when I fired up it appeared to me to be yet another Defender style clone. This would not have bothered me that much, but I had gone through a heavy Defender phase the summer before and was ready to move on. Still it was a new game, so I sat down to play it, and I am glad I did. The game is somewhat like Defender, it has you move back and forth on a horizontal screen shooting things, but this game has a twist. You need to move deeper underground as you play, and the enemies you will encounter will change as you go down each level.