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Starflight 2: Trade Routes of the Cloud Nebula

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MobyRank MobyScore
Macintosh
...
3.0
Amiga
71
3.8
DOS
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3.9
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Description

Following the events of the first Starflight, the galaxy is at relative peace. The balance of power is disrupted when the Spemin, usually a minor nuisance, suddenly gain technological superiority and begin a campaign of expansionism. Through investigation, Interstel determines that the Spemin technology is not their own and that they have obtained it from somewhere on the other side of a flux (wormhole). Interstel commissions a force to visit this area, called the Cloud Nebula, and find a way to nullify the Spemin technology.

Starflight 2 is a space exploration game that contains much of the interface from its predecessor. This includes crew management, ship improvement, resource collection, planet landings, alien diplomacy and exploration of a new galaxy. Much of the gameplay takes place via a standard interface that allows access to ship stations. Landing on a planet however will shift to an overhead view and the player manually controls his rover while searching for objects of interest.

New to Starflight 2 is trading, alien races will now buy and sell unique items at different prices, it is no longer necessary to return to the Interstel starport to sell resources. As mentioned, the galaxy itself and the alien races that inhabit it are also new. New technologies exist for the player such as Blasto Pods (torpedoes); a devastating weapon, and Jump Pods; which will transport anywhere on the starmap.

Screenshots

Starflight 2: Trade Routes of the Cloud Nebula Amiga Star Port Messages
Starflight 2: Trade Routes of the Cloud Nebula DOS Notices at the starbase
Starflight 2: Trade Routes of the Cloud Nebula DOS A cluster of stars
Starflight 2: Trade Routes of the Cloud Nebula DOS ... and we are communicating with them.

Alternate Titles

  • "Starflight II" -- ingame title screen

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User Reviews

Binary System and EA took a great game, and made it better... DOS Chris Martin (1098)
An excellent sequel to a ground-breaking game DOS ex_navynuke! (48)
A Great Sequel DOS AstroNerdBoy (40)
StarFlight2 DOS Rene Codere (2)
A Game I Still Play Today DOS Brian Rubin (20)
EA, knowingly, sticks with the formula that works. DOS John Beeler (3)

The Press Says

Amiga Action Amiga Dec, 1991 85 out of 100 85
Power Play DOS Mar, 1990 83 out of 100 83
Power Play Amiga Jan, 1992 81 out of 100 81
100 aktuelle PC-Spiele DOS 1990 8 out of 10 80
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1992 71 out of 100 71
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1992 69 out of 100 69
Amiga Joker Amiga Nov, 1991 69 out of 100 69
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Nov, 1991 6 out of 12 50

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Trivia

Development

Starflight and Starflight 2 were written in a mixture of Forth (!!) and assembly.

Graphics

While Starflight 2 supports additional video modes, it loses a video mode of the original: 16-color CGA composite mode.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • September 1990 (Issue #74) – Role-Playing Game of the Year
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #6 Least Rewarding Ending of All Time

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