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Starquake

MobyRank MobyScore
ZX Spectrum
85
4.2
iPad
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Tatung Einstein
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Description

As BLOB, the Bio-Logically Operated Being, you are sent into an unstable planet and charged with the task of preventing it from exploding. This involves collecting various items (the exact combination is different every time you load the game) and taking them to the planet's core.

The game is an arcade adventure viewed from the side, with 512 screens arranged in a 16x32 pattern. A teleport system exists, so once you find the codes you can get quick access to different parts of the game.

The creatures to avoid are intelligent, getting tougher to predict as you get closer to the centre, but you are armed with a gun and can also try to avoid them. BLOB has a set of platforms which can be used to allow limited vertical movement, but these disappear after a few seconds each use.

Screenshots

Starquake Tatung Einstein Big flesheating plant
Starquake DOS Oops, a dead end
Starquake Atari ST Attempting to get past some obstacles...
Starquake ZX Spectrum Title screen

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The Press Says

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Jun, 1986 10 out of 10 100
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Nov, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Crash! ZX Spectrum Nov, 1985 96 out of 100 96
Crash! ZX Spectrum Sep, 1988 91 out of 100 91
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum May, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Atari ST User Atari ST Oct, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Amstrad Action Amstrad CPC Jul, 1986 80 out of 100 80
ST Action Atari ST Jul, 1988 69 out of 100 69
Your Spectrum ZX Spectrum Dec, 1985 57 out of 100 57

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Trivia

PC disk

The PC release was actually a "flippy" disk: The PC version was on the front side, and the Commodore 64 version was on the reverse side.

References to the game

An advertising poster for the game can be seen in the background in the sitcom The IT Crowd, which is set in the IT department of a big business.

Starquake II

Original developer Stephen Crow worked for a short time on a sequel, but never finished it. As in 2014 Mark R. Jones sorted his disk archive, he rediscovered some of his work for Ocean, including the work on Starquake II for the Atari ST. These early game versions dated in 1992, with code by Paul Hughes and the graphics by Mark R. Jones. Three different versions were found, with title screen, intro, some partly playable, but the game itself was never brought into a finished product. The preserved versions can be found on Atarimania.

Information also contributed by Martin Smith

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