DescriptionRescue on Fractalus! is an action game played from a 3D first person point of view. Your mission is to rescue stranded pilots on the planet of Fractalus. You begin each mission from the mother ship, and when your quota of pilots has been rescued you must return there so you can move on to the next level. To help locate the pilots and navigate the tricky terrain, your spaceship is equipped with various instruments, such as a compass, altimeter, and scanner.
Your enemy, the Jaggi's, have numerous forces on this planet and will be attempting to stop you. Gun emplacements, flying saucers, and the Jaggi themselves are all capable of destroying your ship if you don't destroy them first. To defend yourself from these threats, your ship is equipped with torpedoes. As the levels progress, the Jaggi defenses become more aggressive, and you will even need to fly some night missions where visibility is limited.
- "Rescue Mission" -- Name of the game when it got leaked to pirate BBS' in 1983
- "Behind Jaggi Lines" -- Working title
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Cancelled portsThere were plans to port this game to the Atari 7800. A prototype was started but it was never completed or released.
DevelopmentAccording to designer David Fox, the game was originally meant to be set in the Star Wars universe. However, Lucasfilm did not allow this because at the time the real money was earned with licensing fees. Also the first prototype of the game did not feature a fire button because of Fox's pacifist attitude. It was added after a meeting with George Lucas during which he asked if the fire button is missing because of gameplay or philosophical reasoning.
GraphicsAs the name suggests, this game uses a fractal generator to render the mountains.
LucasfilmRescue on Fractalus!, along with Ballblazer, was the first games launched by LucasFilm Games.
- Computer Gaming World
- November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) - #82 on the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
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