DescriptionLoadstar is a rail-shooter concerned with shooting enemies while navigating your ship, much like Sewer Shark. You're actually on rails in this game, as you travel in a truck/train called Loadstar along a magnetic rail network covering the moon. Shifting the cursor to the edge of the screen changes to a different track when available, with incorrect turns either killing you instantly or moving you off-course from the level end. Direction indicators and distant landmarks help keep you driving in the right direction, while accidents, track closures, and robot cops work to keep you from it. Your weapons "tag" enemies and force them to explode, or can tag incoming shots and deflect them with a separate shield button.
Gameplay is broken into three levels as you race from one destination to another to escape with your cargo. The game features sophisticated full-motion video cutscenes breaking up the levels and providing the story. Barry Primus and Ned Beatty star.
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|GameFan Magazine||SEGA CD||Dec, 1994||72 out of 100||72|
|Coming Soon Magazine||DOS||Nov 30, 1995||71 out of 100||71|
|Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)||SEGA CD||Jan, 1995||6.6 out of 10||66|
|High Score||DOS||Feb, 1996||3 out of 5||60|
|Video Games & Computer Entertainment||SEGA CD||Feb, 1995||5 out of 10||50|
|Gameplay (Benelux)||DOS||Dec, 1995||50 out of 100||50|
|PC Games (Germany)||DOS||Dec, 1995||49 out of 100||49|
|Joystick (French)||DOS||Dec, 1995||40 out of 100||40|
|Just Games Retro||SEGA CD||Jan 10, 2003||30|
|The Video Game Critic||SEGA CD||Jan 01, 2005||F||0|
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DevelopmentThe Sega CD port with severely hobbled by the system's limitations. Ironically, Sega had invested heavily in Rocket Science Games and demanded that the game appear first on its system. The game passed Sega's testing procedure, but just barely. The testing procedure? The game had to run for a certain number of hours without crashing.
- 1994 (Vol. 3, Iss. 1) - Best Sega CD FMV Game of the Year