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Stardust

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MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
81
4.5
Atari ST
...
4.3
DOS
...
4.3
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Description

Stardust is basically Asteroids, but with a lot of gameplay modifications. There are 30 standard levels split into 5 worlds. The 6 levels a world is made of can be completed in any order. However, you must fight an end-of-level bad guy once you have finished the 6th level of a world. While each level has the standard disintegrating rocks to destroy, all but 2 of them have extra bad guys, with a range of attack patterns.

There are a number of different weapons available, which are collected by moving your ship so that it crosses their paths as they float through space. Each of these can be powered up - some weapons start strong but can't be powered up as much as others; fortunately you can power up one weapon while using another. Extra lives, shield enhancements and a smart bomb are also on offer.

Along with the standard levels, there are also 4 tunnel levels, which involve shooting what you can and dodging everything else as you dart through a ray-traced 3D tunnel, and 2 optional Thrust-style bonus levels in which lives can be won or lost.

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Stardust Amiga Shooting asteroids
Stardust Amiga Intro sequence
Stardust Atari ST Shooting asteroids in warp sequence.
Stardust DOS Title

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The Press Says

ST Format Atari ST Mar, 1995 94 out of 100 94
Pelit Amiga Aug, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Amiga Power Amiga Dec, 1993 89 out of 100 89
Amiga Format Amiga Jan, 1994 88 out of 100 88
Amiga Dream Amiga Dec, 1993 85 out of 100 85
CU Amiga Amiga Dec, 1993 81 out of 100 81
Amiga Joker Amiga Jan, 1994 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Amiga Jan, 1994 70 out of 100 70
High Score Amiga Feb, 1994 3 out of 5 60
PC Games (Germany) DOS May, 1995 57 out of 100 57

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Contributed to by B.L. Stryker (20702) and Martin Smith (63134)