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Star Raiders

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MobyRank MobyScore
Atari 2600
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3.5
Atari 8-bit
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3.8
Atari ST
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Description

As the pilot of an interstellar starship, your mission is to destroy all enemy spacecraft on the galactic chart and prevent them from destroying your starbases. There are three different types of fighters roaming throughout the galaxy; cruisers, fighters, and basestars. With the help of your galactic map, you can find the sectors of the galaxy where these fighters are located and then warp there to destroy them. When all of the fighters in a sector are destroyed, you can warp to a new location for the next battle. Be sure to keep an eye on your starship's energy level; warping to new locations, being hit by enemy fire, or colliding with an asteroid will drain your energy. If you completely run out of energy, your starship will be destroyed, however you can warp back to a starbase to refuel at any time. Returning to a starbase will also repair other types of damage your starship can receive, such as faulty engines, loss of your shields, and faulty photon torpedoes. When all of the enemy ships have been destroyed, you win the game and receive a rank.

Screenshots

Star Raiders Atari ST Starting a new game
Star Raiders Atari 5200 You've been hit! Hope those shields hold up...
Star Raiders Atari 8-bit Orbit with Starbase established, standby
Star Raiders Atari 8-bit Successful hit

Alternate Titles

  • "ST Star Raiders" -- Atari ST Title

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User Reviews

Original pseudo-3D space shooter Atari 8-bit JSV (19)
Visually dull, but fantastic and challenging gameplay Atari 5200 Servo (55897)
Quite simply, The best first-person space combat game of it's time. Atari 5200 Brian Pendell (18)
Mindblowing for its time! Atari 8-bit TroyW (21)

The Press Says

The Atari Times Atari 8-bit Mar 30, 2009 100 out of 100 100
The Atari Times Atari ST Feb 22, 2005 90 out of 100 90
The Video Game Critic Atari 5200 Dec 31, 2002 C+ 58
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Aug 24, 2003 C 50

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Trivia

The Atari 2600 version of Star Raiders was packaged with the Atari Video Touch Pad. Here is a picture of the Video Touch Pad at AtariAge.com. It also came with a comic book of Atari Force #3. Here is that comic at AtariAge.com.
Contributed to by RKL (5614), Terok Nor (18326) and Servo (55897)