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Starglider

MobyRank MobyScore
Apple II
...
4.0
Commodore 64
...
3.9
ZX Spectrum
...
3.4
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Description

The Planet Novenia has been attacked by the Egrons, who snuck in by disguising their craft as the protected Starglider species, which Novenia's automated defenses were programmed not to shoot.

Your task is to fight them off using only an obsolete Airborne Ground Attack Vehicle. This was designed as the ultimate combat machine, with sophisticated hardware up to Draziw Yarg's high standards. It has a fully-rechargeable shield, plasma drive unit, an inbuilt scanner and 10,000-sector map, a top speed of 2550 Urads and two homing missiles.

The game is viewed from within AGAV's cockpit, with control over speed, weapon targeting and firing. There are several control options to decide exactly how the craft works, with fixed or floating sighting, and the option of automatic centering, allowing you to balance the game between easy sighting and advanced shooting ranges.

Repair depots must be visited frequently, as they can refill the weapon bays as well as repairing the ship. Crucially, the Egron Stargliders need 3 missiles to shoot down, so at least 1 visit to a depot is required to complete this job, at which point you move up to the next, harder, level.

Screenshots

Starglider Commodore 64 I blew up the enemy.
Starglider Amstrad PCW Settings screen
Starglider Apple II Docking sequence
Starglider Amstrad CPC Firing my lasers.

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User Reviews

Sitting on her head like a paraffin stove ZX Spectrum Ashley Pomeroy (233)

The Press Says

ATARImagazin Atari ST Mar, 1987 1 out of 6 100
Atari ST User Atari ST Dec, 1986 9 out of 10 90
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1990 88 out of 100 88
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1990 82 out of 100 82
Happy Computer Atari ST Jan, 1987 76 out of 100 76
Tilt DOS Jun, 1987 14 out of 20 70
64'er Commodore 64 Mar, 1987 8 out of 15 53

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Trivia

Farewell message

When the player exits the game to DOS, the following message appears just above the command prompt: "Thank you for playing StarGlider - Have a nice DOS!"

Get Fresh

The game was shown regularly on the Saturday morning ITV kid's show Get Fresh. To quote from Rainbird's official memorial site, "two players had to battle at the same time get the highest score in a specially modified time-restricted version of the game". This was probably the first instance in UK television history of a computer game being included on a television show not as a freaky high-tech novelty, but as a organic part of youth culture, as relevant as pop music or BMX.

Awards

  • Power Play
    • 1987 - #2 Best Amiga Game '87
    • 1987 - Best Digitized Voice (Clare Edgeley)
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