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Superstar Indoor Sports

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Description

Four Indoor Sports are compiled in this entry to DesignStar's SportTime line of recreations. Ten-Pin Bowling, Air Hockey, Darts and (except on the Commodore 64) Ping Pong are featured. The menus and options screens have the same feel as Clubhouse Sports. Each game has computer opponents at multiple skill levels plus human-versus-human and demo modes, and matches can consist of varying numbers of rounds, with other options depending on the game.

Ten-pin bowling is played from a side-on view, although once the shot has been taken you see the results unfold from the bowler's view. There are three stages to taking a shot. Move the player up and down to line up his run-up, pressing fire to set the position. Then, do the same to set the angle of the shot. Finally, after pressing fire to start the run-up, press it again to time the release of the ball, as close to the line as possible.

Darts has 4 skill and 3 speed levels, and players can play to 301, 501 or 701, to vary game length or provide a handicapping system. You can also set whether scoring must start or end with a double. Viewed from behind the board, you must first line up the dart, then set the dart's curvature and power by stopping a curved gauge on the right, then a rising power bar on the left. The view then changes twice - first a behind-the-player view to show the dart's approach, then a close-up of the board to show where it landed.

Air Hockey plays for five minutes, or until someone has scored 12 points. The view is above the pitch but angled so as to emphasize the goal at the top.

Ping-Pong features a handicapping system - six ability areas can be graded from 1-5, to ensure a closely-matched game. Again the view is from behind one court. To impart direction onto a shot, the angle must be pressed at the same time as the fire button.

Screenshots

Superstar Indoor Sports Atari ST In the air
Superstar Indoor Sports Commodore 64 Darts options
Superstar Indoor Sports Atari ST On the floor - the cat's missing all the drama
Superstar Indoor Sports Atari ST Player 2 shows the angle and speed settings

Alternate Titles

  • "SportTime Superstar Indoor Sports" -- US packaging title
  • "Indoor Sports" -- UK title

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The Press Says

Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jun, 1987 8 out of 10 80
CU Amiga Amiga Feb, 1988 7 out of 10 70
Amstrad Action Amstrad CPC Oct, 1987 70 out of 100 70
Power Play Amiga Feb, 1988 6.5 out of 10 65
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Mar, 1987 63 out of 100 63

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Trivia

The Air Hockey and Tenpin Bowling games from the Amiga version were reused as the basis for two of the five modules in Arcadia's Super Select System Sports Simulation, as Sporttime Table Hockey and Sporttime Ten Pin Bowling, which were both part of the module. The Arcadia system used slightly modified Amiga hardware, and had conversions of various Amiga games, such as Sidewinder, Xenon and Double Dragon (itself an arcade conversion to the Amiga in the first place).
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