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In Laser Squad you control a group of space marine-like soldiers (and the occasional cyborg). Before taking them into battle (viewed from above and progressing in turns), you must buy them weapons and armour with a predetermined amount of credits, taking into account the individual abilities of your squad. Unlike X-COM, the soldiers do not gain experience over time.
The game also features a two player hotseat multiplayer option.

Initial ZX Spectrum release (and C64 & Amstrad CPC cassette tape releases) had three missions:
  • 1: The Assassins - where you must face down Sterner Regnix and his guards
  • 2: Moonbase Assault - which challenges you to destroy the OmniCorp database
  • 3: Rescue from the Mines - eschew violence in favour of a rescue mission
Two more scenarios were available via mail order, later releases by Blade Software and subsequent ports already included them:
  • 4: The Cyber Hordes - defend a rebel station and its seven stabilizer cores from an advancing imperial droid invasion
  • 5: Paradise Valley - following the destruction of the stabilizer cores, escape from the colony with the device containing blueprints for advanced rebel starfighter
Two additional missions were released with mail order expansion kit.


Laser Squad Atari ST Scanning
Laser Squad Atari ST Main menu
Laser Squad DOS Lost
Laser Squad Commodore 64 Title screen

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User Reviews

An amazingly addictive and fun game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4351)

Critic Reviews

Commodore User Commodore 64 Mar, 1989 92 out of 100 92
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Nov, 1988 9 out of 10 90
Zero Amiga Dec, 1989 88 out of 100 88
Commodore User Amiga Nov, 1989 87 out of 100 87
Play Time DOS Oct, 1992 85 out of 100 85
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1989 84 out of 100 84
PC Games (Germany) DOS Sep, 1992 80 out of 100 80 (UK) Commodore 64 Oct 26, 2007 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Nov, 1989 8.4 out of 12 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Nov, 1989 7.4 out of 12 62


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1001 Video Games

Laser Squad appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Some of the graphics in the game's cut scenes (for instance, Sterner Regnix's communications officer) are literally lifted from the Star Wars films.


  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (Issue #00) - #25 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
  • Retro Gamer
    • September 2004 (Issue #8) – #63 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)

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