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Laser Squad

MobyRank MobyScore
Amstrad CPC
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4.0
PC-98
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Amiga
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3.9
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Laser Squad Atari ST Ran out of action points
Laser Squad Amiga Current status of one of the bad guys
Laser Squad ZX Spectrum Title screen
Laser Squad Atari ST Title screen

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User Reviews

An amazingly addictive and fun game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4380)

The Press Says

Gamestyle ZX Spectrum Jul 25, 2008 10 out of 10 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Dec, 1988 97 out of 100 97
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Jan, 1990 93 out of 100 93
Dragon Commodore 64 Jun, 1990 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Nov, 1988 89 out of 100 89
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Nov, 1988 873 out of 1000 87
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1989 84 out of 100 84
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Nov, 1989 8.4 out of 12 70
PC Joker DOS Oct, 1992 52 out of 100 52
Power Play Amiga Jan, 1990 39 out of 100 39

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Stellar Forces - A modern remake 5 Pseudo_Intellectual (44661)
Jan 21, 2010
Unit advancement 2 WildKard (12146)
Nov 16, 2007

Trivia

1001 Video Games

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

Cutscenes

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.

Awards

  • 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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Contributed to by Rola (7321), John Scott (441), Martin Smith (63136), Terok Nor (18933) and Tomer Gabel (4380)