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Tau Ceti

MobyRank MobyScore
Amstrad PCW
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Atari ST
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3.8
ZX Spectrum
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Description

A space simulation with elements from a number of other genres mixed in. Your mission is to destroy a robot army that has taken over a planet. Gameplay includes arcade sequences, where you fly your ship around and shoot the enemy robots; strategy elements, as you attempt to navigate and locate parts to repair the defense system; and even text-adventure elements, in the form of giving commands to your ship's computer.

Screenshots

Tau Ceti DOS Pre game screen
Tau Ceti ZX Spectrum Somehow a destroyed tower does not look as impressive in infra red
Tau Ceti ZX Spectrum ... though the results are pretty similar
Tau Ceti ZX Spectrum The game over sequence ends here.

Alternate Titles

  • "Tau-Ceti: The Lost Star Colony" -- Alternate spelling
  • "Tau Ceti: The Lost Star Colony" -- Thunder Mountain release title

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The Press Says

Computer Gamer Commodore 64 Aug, 1986 18 out of 20 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amstrad CPC Apr, 1986 9 out of 10 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1986 9 out of 10 90
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jan, 1986 9 out of 10 90
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Dec, 1987 87 out of 100 87
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 87 out of 100 87
64'er Commodore 64 Aug, 1986 13 out of 15 87
64'er Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 13 out of 15 87
ST Action Atari ST Jun, 1988 66 out of 100 66

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Trivia

Spectrum packaging

The Spectrum version comes in unusually shaped and slightly unwieldy packaging, which makes complete copies in good condition quite rare. They have been known to sell for over £30 on eBay.

Awards

  • Commodore Format
    • July 1991 (Issue 10) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
  • Computer Gamer
    • February 1986 (issue #17) - Included in the list Spectrum Collection (the best Spectrum ZX games since 1985 by editorial staff choice)
  • Happy Computer
    • 1986 - Runner-up as Action Game of the Year
    • Issue 04/1987 - #18 Best Game in 1986 (Readers' Vote)

Related Web Sites

  • Icemark Tau Ceti Page (Contains the full instructions plus controls (for the Spectrum version, but should be much the same))
Contributed to by Kabushi (131840), Martin Smith (63058) and Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe (1519)