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Star Raiders

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MobyRank MobyScore
Atari ST
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3.6
Atari 5200
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3.6
Atari 8-bit
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3.8
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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 8-bit Title screen
Star Raiders Atari 8-bit I died. Message from Star Fleet.
Star Raiders Atari 5200 Use the long range scanner to locate enemies (or starbases)
Star Raiders Atari 2600 Lookout, you're under attack!

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 (55830)
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
ST Action Atari ST Aug, 1988 53 out of 100 53
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Aug 24, 2003 C 50

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Trivia

Star Raiders was one of the absolutely first titles for Atari's 400/800 line of computer. It was in fact programmed by one of the chip designers as a side project, and he never received any royalties for his work.
Contributed to by RKL (5614), Terok Nor (18932) and Servo (55830)