Auriga – A Commodore 16 Shoot’em Up

A word of WARNING! This game contains a lot of flashing so please be advised if you’re prone to seizures and you are going to play the game or watch the gameplay video.

Auriga C16 Cover

Auriga C16 Cover

Auriga C16 Game Credits

  • Released by: Players
  • Produced by: Richard Paul Jones
  • Created by: Keith Harvey
  • Release Date: 1986
  • Category: Shoot’em up

Auriga The Game

Auriga was released by Players on the Commodore 16 in 1986.  It was created by Keith “Howlin MAD” Harvey and produced by Richard Paul Jones.

Auriga on the Commodore 16 is a space shoot’em up.  Pretty much like the old Space Invaders, although the enemies can enter the screen at different places and move differently.  One thing about this game that my be worth mentioning is that you could have 2 players.  Although you had to take it in turns to play.  So whether it’s a bonus I don’t know, because you could just take it in turns on one player mode, as you had to enter your name on the highscore table at the end anyway.

The basic story of the game is that you are a cadet pilot for the new space fighter squadron.  You have to battle through 16 different systems to prove your worth and become a fighter pilot.  It’s a simple concept you shoot and destroy all the enemies, avoid the enemy fire and avoid being hit by them.

Game Story from Cassette Cover

Earth needs the deadliest pilots for its New Space Fighter Squadron.  Are you skilled enough to become one?
The test is this…..
Journey through the Uncharted Systems and do battle with the Myriad of enemies found within.  If you succeed in keeping you AURIGA class ship intact to the very end, you will be able to join the Ranks of Starfleet.  Do not worry if your Fighter’s fail to survive the onslaught, you will be withdrawn from the test to try again later.  There are 16 Systems to enter before you can become a Fighter Pilot.  Once this goal has been reached you will be tested further.

Is Auriga Naff?

So… Auriga is a good little game, I used to love it when I was a kid.  The graphics are fairly good, although the amount of flashing visuals, it’s too much.  The sounds are good and the music on the title screen is nice for a 16k game.  The gameplay is good, it can keep you entertained for an hour.  The controls… are the controls – left, right, and fire, they do the job.  Overall, nothing fantastic and nothing bad.  A tidy little game.


rating c16

7 / 10

Cheat Codes for Auriga

Cheat codes have to be entered into the Monitor.  To access the Monitor simply press “RUN/STOP” and “RESET” on the machine.  To restart the game after entering the cheat code type  G 1466
  • Unlimited lives:  >1FB1 BD
  • Invulnerability:  >2D48 AD


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  1. 13 April 2020

    […] Auto Zone was a small 16k game released by Players on the Commodore 16 in 1987.  It was written by Keith “Howlin MAD” Harvey and produced by Richard Paul Jones.  Both of whom were also behind one of my favourite games when I was a younger lad, “Auriga“. […]

  2. 13 April 2020

    […] Auriga – A Commodore 16 Shoot’em Up […]

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