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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.


Stardust Amiga Shooting asteroids
Stardust Atari ST Weapon selection.
Stardust Amiga In a distant galaxy...
Stardust Atari ST Spaceballs.

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ST Format Atari ST Mar, 1995 94 out of 100 94
Pelit Amiga Aug, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Amiga Dream Amiga Dec, 1993 85 out of 100 85
Amiga Joker Amiga Jan, 1994 80 out of 100 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jan, 1994 9 out of 12 75
Amiga Games Amiga Mar, 1994 75 out of 100 75
Power Play Amiga Jan, 1994 70 out of 100 70
PC Games (Germany) DOS May, 1995 57 out of 100 57
Play Time DOS May, 1995 53 out of 100 53
PC Joker DOS Apr, 1995 48 out of 100 48


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