Missile Command is a 1980 Atari video game. I have a cocktail version that worked the moment I got it home. Unfortunately someone was cleaning, and had plugged the vacuum cleaner into the same outlet. Without turning off the vacuum they jerked the plug from the wall. The resulting power spike killed Missile Command – not unlike one of the ICBMs one works to keep from hitting the cities during game play.
The player uses a trackball to position a cross hair target on the screen. Then using one of three buttons launches a missile from one of three corresponding bases to intercept the incoming missiles, smart bombs, and roving satellites. The player’s missiles explode in an expanding cloud – which detonates the target if the player is lucky or skilled enough to make a hit.