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Sitting in the gunner position of a "GeoSword" fightercraft, you must shoot your way through the enemy armada and bring the fight to their base planet, Redeye. Altogether you'll have around 10 missions to get through before the galaxy is safe and your wingmen will help you along the way. And during those missions, you'll be expected to shoot out the sides of huge enemy battlecruisers, travel inside of enemy carriers and travel through the canyons of Redeye to deliver your payload.

The PlayStation and the 3DO versions offer the choice between an arcade mode and an enhanced mode. In the enhanced modes that flat polygons are remade in fully textured polygons and the black bars on the sides have been removed to turn the image into a fullscreen view.


Starblade SEGA CD Attacking a giant enemy mothership.
Starblade Arcade Destroyed a ship.
Starblade Arcade Shoot for bonuses.
Starblade Arcade Multiple huge ships.

Alternate Titles

  • "Starblade α" -- PlayStation title
  • "Starblade Alpha" -- Playstation informal title

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GamePro (US) 3DO Apr, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA CD Nov, 1994 8 out of 10 80
GameFan Magazine 3DO Feb, 1995 73 out of 100 73
Video Games 3DO Apr, 1995 71 out of 100 71
GamePro (US) SEGA CD Nov, 1994 3.5 out of 5 70
Game Players SEGA CD Sep, 1994 70 out of 100 70
Video Games SEGA CD Jan, 1995 68 out of 100 68
CD Player PlayStation 1996 6 out of 10 60 SEGA CD Jan 16, 2005 3 out of 10 30
neXGam SEGA CD 2002 2.8 out of 10 28


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Virtual Console version

The game's Wii Virtual Console version is notable for being one of the few games on the service to be played using the Wii Remote's pointer, alongside Namco's own Solvalou.


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    • 1994 (Vol 3, Iss.1) – Best Sega CD Action/Arcade Game of the Year

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