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Starflight (DOS)

85
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.0
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Snerg snerg snerg, and by the shimmering ball! This is the greatest game of all time. J. P. Gray (111) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Six months of lost education mclazyj (28) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Despite its age, Starflight is the greatest game ever made. Jeffrey Graw (61) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
This game rocks! ex_navynuke! (48) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
The 2nd Most Adictive Game I've Ever Played AstroNerdBoy (40) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
The best game ever (even before Daggerfall) markus miller (3) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
Sleepless Nights and Bleary-Eyed Days Chris Martin (1098) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
An industry pioneer Tony Van (2691) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
Inspirational and Awesome. Brian Rubin (20) unrated

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.3
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed -
Overall MobyScore (57 votes) 4.0


The Press Says

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100
HonestGamers
When Binary Systems' space exploration adventure Starflight hit store shelves in 1986, it boasted some impressive features. I could recruit and train my crew, selecting among five different species. I could explore planets and harvest minerals or capture wild beasts. I could communicate with alien races in friendly, hostile, or obsequious tones, or I could communicate with high-powered weaponry.
90
All Game Guide
Overall, this is still one of the best stories ever presented on a computer screen, and still inspires and enthrall people to this day. There's a fan-based project to make a Starflight III, and a Starflight based MUD are around to give fans more fodder in this universe. One would have to say that if you like good science fiction, role-playing, or humor, you'd be doing yourself a great service by finding this game. It's as good a yarn as you can get.
90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
Audiovisuals aren’t everything however, and StarFlight manages to be a superior game despite some limitations in that department. The game affected me so profoundly because it conveys such a powerful sense of wonder and exploration. Never before had I played a game where I felt so free to go where I wanted, where the game universe was so vast and had so many secrets to uncover. And the storyline is a thing of beauty, revealed as it is through snippets of alien communications and hidden messages found in the ruins of some far-flung planet. Although replay value is low, you may be tempted to play on even after solving the game just to see if there’s any part of this intricate and vibrant universe you may have missed. If you’re not a sci-fi fan, you’ll no doubt find it harder to appreciate. But if you’ve ever longed to travel the stars, to experience the thrill of grand discovery among the timeless void, StarFlight will touch you too.
89
Happy Computer
Starflight ist ein Leckerbissen für alle, die anspruchsvolle Spiele mögen, bei denen Abenteuer und Strategie nicht zu kurz kommen Schade nur, daß keine Versionen für andere Computer vorliegen. Vielleicht erscheinen 1987 noch Umsetzungen – wünschenswert wäre es bei diesem ausgereiften, anspruchsvollen Spiel auf jeden Fall.
82
Power Play
Über drei Jahre hat das Spielprinzip schon auf dem Buckel - in der schnelllebigen Computerspiele-Szene kommen und gehen in diesem Zeitraum Software-Generationen. Starflight ist aber ein Klassiker. Die Mischung aus Entdeckungs-, Abenteuer- und Rollenspiel wird durch die dichte Science-fiction-Stimmung so richtig schön; Komplexität und spannende Handlung sorgen für langfristige Spannung.
65
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft
Drei lange Jahre blieb Star Flight den PC-Besitzern vorbehalten, den Rest der Computerwelt fraß derweil der Neid. Nicht etwa wegen der (bescheidenen) technischen Qualitäten der Games, sondern wegen seiner enormen Komplexität und der ausgezeichneten Spielbarkeit. Als dann endlich Amiga- und ST-Versionen erschienen, hatten sie leicht aufgepeppte Grafik (bunter aber immer noch ruckelig), schöneren Sound und eine Maussteuerung zu bieten; auch am 64er wurden gegenüber dem PC-Original Schönheitskorrekturen vorgenommen.
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