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Sinistar Unleashed (Windows)

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This is a remake of the classic '80s arcade game Sinistar.

The player gets sucked through a wormhole into the alternate universe of the Sinistar, where his spaceship is transformed into a strange organic living spaceship. In the center of each level is a huge jumpgate that evil worker drones are busy powering up by attaching sinisite crystals to it. Once the gate is fully powered an enormous, very aggressive boss monster comes out of it: the Sinistar. The player's job: destroy the gate before the Sinistar can get through it. If that can't be done, at least delay the arrival of the Sinistar as long as possible, and when it does arrive: destroy the Sinistar. But it won't be easy. Enemy fighters patrol the area. The Sinistar and the gate can only be harmed by using a special weapon, the sini-bomb.

This game has 24 levels. Almost all of them follow the structure described above, though there are a few that are different. Each level has unique creatures, and every Sinistar is different.

To power-up the player must mine asteroids for sinisite crystals. These will power the player's weapons.

There are seven weapons:
  • Mining laser,
  • Cutting laser;
  • Photon torpedoes,
  • Long range missiles,
  • Short range missiles,
  • Concussion weapon,
  • Lightning bolt, and
  • Sinibombs
Also, there are many power-ups:
  • Orbital defense turret,
  • Guard turret,
  • Shields,
  • Speed boosters,
  • Mind control, and
  • Ship upgrade.


Sinistar Unleashed Windows Starting a new game
Sinistar Unleashed Windows Config screen
Sinistar Unleashed Windows Title screen
Sinistar Unleashed Windows Hall Of Fame

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The Measure of a Game is... Do You Keep Playing it? The Answer here - YES. Cary Brown (3) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
What went wrong... MindrantZ (3) 1.2 Stars1.2 Stars1.2 Stars1.2 Stars1.2 Stars

Critic Reviews

Gamezilla Dec 23, 1999 87 out of 100 87
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Oct 11, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Power Unlimited Jan, 2000 7.6 out of 10 76
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Dec, 1999 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PC Joker Oct, 1999 69 out of 100 69
Svenska PC Gamer Nov, 1999 68 out of 100 68
PC Games (Germany) Oct, 1999 68 out of 100 68
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 1999 61 out of 100 61
GameStar (Germany) Oct, 1999 53 out of 100 53


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Steve Meretzky (of Infocom fame) was one of the project directors for Sinistar Unleashed.

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Rafael Baptista (5) added Sinistar Unleashed (Windows) on Sep 01, 2000