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Tau Ceti (Commodore 64)

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A space simulation with elements from a number of other genres mixed in. Your mission is to destroy a robot army that has taken over a planet. Gameplay includes arcade sequences, where you fly your ship around and shoot the enemy robots; strategy elements, as you attempt to navigate and locate parts to repair the defense system; and even text-adventure elements, in the form of giving commands to your ship's computer.


Tau Ceti Commodore 64 Ready to launch
Tau Ceti Commodore 64 Loading screen
Tau Ceti Commodore 64 Skimming along
Tau Ceti Commodore 64 CRASH!

Alternate Titles

  • "Tau-Ceti: The Lost Star Colony" -- Alternate spelling
  • "Tau Ceti: The Lost Star Colony" -- Thunder Mountain release title

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The Press Says

Computer Gamer Aug, 1986 18 out of 20 90
64'er Aug, 1986 13 out of 15 87
64'er Jan, 1989 13 out of 15 87
Happy Computer 1986 87 out of 100 87


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Spectrum packaging

The Spectrum version comes in unusually shaped and slightly unwieldy packaging, which makes complete copies in good condition quite rare. They have been known to sell for over £30 on eBay.


  • Commodore Format
    • July 1991 (Issue 10) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
  • Computer Gamer
    • February 1986 (issue #17) - Included in the list Spectrum Collection (the best Spectrum ZX games since 1985 by editorial staff choice)
  • Happy Computer
    • 1986 - Runner-up as Action Game of the Year
    • Issue 04/1987 - #18 Best Game in 1986 (Readers' Vote)

Related Web Sites

  • Icemark Tau Ceti Page (Contains the full instructions plus controls (for the Spectrum version, but should be much the same))
Martin Smith (63058) added Tau Ceti (Commodore 64) on Jul 03, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (131840), Martin Smith (63058) and Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe (1519)