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Stellar 7 (DOS)

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Written by  :  Kasey Chang (3653)
Written on  :  May 16, 2001
Platform  :  DOS

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Summary

The remake was not bad, but the power-ups made it too easy

The Good

Plenty of action, lots of enemies that requires different tactics, each boss is different, updated from B&W wireframe to glorious VGA colors...

The Bad

Virtually IDENTICAL to the classic version, except the boss, power-up, and VGA color/shading. Power-ups too powerful and ruin the balance of the game

The Bottom Line

Stellar 7 was a remake of a Battlezone (the Atari arcade game) clone back in the Apple II days. You drive the Raven, the most powerful combat tank Earth has produced, but you are alone against Gir Draxon's army. Along the way you'll face hovercrafts, several types of tanks, flyers, seeking drones, stationary cannons, obstacles, and more. Each system under Draxon's control (level) also is protected by a "guardian" (end boss). You must defeat each one to continue. Your tank is protected by shields (limited recharge available!) and a cloaking device (heavy energy use!). By destroying certain enemies you can find power-ups which will add capability to your tank, like supercannon, superjump, superthruster, etc.

The game is basically in-cockpit shoot-them-all. Your tank doesn't manuever THAT well, but it can turn/forward/backward. The gameworld is actually not that big but it "wraps" around so it feels infinite. This version is much prettier than the original B&W version, though the gameplay is virtually identical.

The game is too easy with the available powerups, as defeating the boss are very simple with them (except those that move around a lot).

All in all, Stellar 7 is a good game that illustrated the power of VGA graphics, but stay away from the powerups, as they tend to ruin the game.