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Laser Squad

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ZX Spectrum
Commodore 64
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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 ZX Spectrum Choosing a scenario
Laser Squad DOS Execution
Laser Squad Atari ST I lost
Laser Squad DOS Hidden movement

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User Reviews

An amazingly addictive and fun game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4388)

The Press Says

Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Dec, 1988 97 out of 100 97
Dragon Commodore 64 Jun, 1990 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Nov, 1988 9 out of 10 90
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Nov, 1988 89 out of 100 89
Crash! ZX Spectrum Dec, 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
Joystick (French) DOS Mar, 1994 72 out of 100 72
PC Joker DOS Oct, 1992 52 out of 100 52
Power Play Amiga Jan, 1990 39 out of 100 39


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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.


  • Retro Gamer
    • September 2004 (Issue #8) – #63 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)

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