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The Outsiders have attacked the Earth Federation, laying waste to its defense fleets. In desperation, Federation Command sends the new Starstrike space fighters to attack the Outsiders's main bases (which are converted moons), hoping to exploit a fatal flaw in the design: a direct hit to the reactor at the center of the base might lead to its destruction.

Both regarding graphics and gameplay, 3D Starstrike is essentially a clone of Atari's Star Wars. Using wireframe graphics with a first-person perspective, the player controls the Starstrike fighter in several distinct phases: the first phase is the approach to the enemy base, where Outsider space fighters must be destroyed. The second phase takes place close to the surface of the base, where enemy bunkers and laser towers await. The third phase is a trench run, where gun turrets await at the side of the trench, and catwalks blocking the way must be dogded. The run culminates in the reactor room, where two reactor pods must be hit to destroy the base.

After a base is destroyed, the game continues with a new base in the next level, with later levels having a higher difficulty.

Screenshots

3D Starstrike Amstrad CPC The reactor pods are destroyed. Prepare to escape.
3D Starstrike ZX Spectrum - You can get yourself hurt! How about your asthma in cold space?
3D Starstrike ZX Spectrum The  buildings on the side of the trench can be destroyed but the catwalks cannot. If the player over uses the guns they will cease to function until recharged, see status bar on right
3D Starstrike Amstrad CPC Your coming up on the base. This is the first attack run.

Alternate Titles

  • "Starburst" -- Working title

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Eurogamer.net (UK) ZX Spectrum Oct 24, 2007 10 out of 10 100
Crash! ZX Spectrum Dec, 1984 93 out of 100 93
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Oct, 1986 8 out of 10 80
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Apr, 1985 7 out of 10 70
Your Spectrum ZX Spectrum Mar, 1985 8.5 out of 15 57

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