Great intuition you have my friend. Im an 80s child, born 1980. Grew up playing Pong in the arcade to Collecovison, Intellivision, Game and Watch then onto the more defining and popular systems. Before my brother and I got our first "real" system Atari we would roleplay using paper cut outs. My bro even drew the cartridges and the system so I could place them in and play different games! We even almost got killed by a car, jaywalking to go try out Bubble Bobble at the corner Arcade, we both got hit by the same car!! We were die hard and still die hard haha. Its interesting that protection scenarios in games like Atari's missile command were alot more fun than many of todays frustrating protect the civilians or dont get caught once modes..thanks for reminding me..
PS - This game is a love letter to 80s gaming!