Tau Ceti

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Atari ST
ZX Spectrum
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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.


Tau Ceti Amstrad CPC Ready to launch
Tau Ceti Atari ST Loading screen
Tau Ceti Amstrad CPC Firing my lasers and I destroyed something.
Tau Ceti ZX Spectrum ... though the results are pretty similar

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Crash! ZX Spectrum Dec, 1985 94 out of 100 94
Computer Gamer Commodore 64 Aug, 1986 18 out of 20 90
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jan, 1986 9 out of 10 90
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
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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John Twiddy, the Commodore 64 programmer saw the potential of a sequel using techniques from Encounter to make the game better than the original Tau Ceti. The game was going to be called 'Attack on Centralis' but CRL turned it down due to an official sequel from Pete Cooke called Academy being programmed.

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.


  • 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))
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