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Space School Simulator: The Academy

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Atari ST
Amstrad PCW
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Pete Cooke's follow-up to the previous space shooter-explorer takes things away from the Tau Ceti setting. Players take the role of a student at an academy for advanced piloting. There they need to solve 20 simulated missions on a wide range of planets.

The self-contained missions mean that the game uses the Tau Ceti structure and theme, without the causality of previous decisions having an effect on later choices. This reduces the complexity of management. Although players can customize the ships, including giving them names of your choice, the game comes with supplied ones include a variety that should suit many different circumstances.

Whichever vehicle is chosen, players will control it from a 1st person perspective and a series of controls. All ships skim over the surface of the planet and feature weapons. Most missions will involve destroying rogue robots enemies. Players will have to dock with buildings to refuel or move on to a different planet.


Space School Simulator: The Academy DOS Credits screen
Space School Simulator: The Academy DOS Main menu
Space School Simulator: The Academy Atari ST Credits and copyrights
Space School Simulator: The Academy ZX Spectrum In the hangar

Alternate Titles

  • "Academy: Tau Ceti II" -- European title

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The Press Says

Amtix! Amstrad CPC Apr, 1987 92 out of 100 92
Computer Gamer ZX Spectrum Dec, 1986 90 out of 100 90
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Dec, 1986 9 out of 10 90
Happy Computer ZX Spectrum Mar, 1987 84 out of 100 84
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Oct, 1987 8 out of 10 80
Tilt ZX Spectrum Mar, 1987 15 out of 20 75
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Oct, 1986 7.25 out of 10 72
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Feb, 1988 61 out of 100 61


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