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Tau Ceti

MobyRank MobyScore
ZX Spectrum
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4.1
Amstrad CPC
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3.8
Amstrad PCW
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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 Atari ST Game over
Tau Ceti Atari ST Ready to go
Tau Ceti Commodore 64 CRASH!
Tau Ceti ZX Spectrum The game's title screen

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

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