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Star Control (ZX Spectrum)

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Description

Star Control is a science-fiction wargame which pits the forces of the Alliance of Free Stars against those of the predatory Ur-Quan Hierarchy. The games are designed so that you can ease into play, familiarizing yourself with menus, options and player controls. The Alliance and Hierarchy each possess different types of warships. Each vessel has its own maneuvering and firing characteristics, plus a unique special power that you can employ when circumstances dictate.

The game has two modules: the Melee, in which you can simply blast the computer or another player to smithereens using one of 16 different ships, in either Hierarchy or Alliance fleets; or, should you wish for a more challenging game, lets you play one of 9 preset scenarios.

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Star Control ZX Spectrum Loading the main missions
Star Control ZX Spectrum Loading screen
Star Control ZX Spectrum Main menu
Star Control ZX Spectrum Game setup

Alternate Titles

  • "starcon" -- Common abbreviation derived from DOS executable

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User Reviews

It's easy but it's fun. Two player games are memorable. Emlyn Hughes (10) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

The Press Says

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Apr, 1991 40 out of 100 40

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Trivia

Inspiration

The "special thanks" in the manual list off an equally large number of sci-fi authors whose work in some way influenced the game. It's fairly rare for game designers to be so rigorous in documenting their inspirations.

References

The vast majority of captain names in the game were taken from various famous and semi-famous sci-fi sources. (far too many to list here. For example, there's a Syreen Captain Alia (from Dune) and an Earth Captain Pike (from Star Trek))

Title

From almost the very beginning of his video game design career, Paul Reiche III has revisited the theme of pitting varied teams of carefully balanced but widely varied opponents against each other, first in 1983's Archon and most recently in 1998's The Unholy War (and its Japanese analogue, Little Witching Mischiefs).

Star Control also falls in the middle of this chain, and its heritage is plainly spelled out phonetically in its abbreviation:
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Star_Con

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #127 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
Information also contributed by Pseudo_Intellectual

Related Web Sites

  • ComSim Central (Info on getting the game, and lots of scenarios for the full game.)
  • The Dot Eaters (The Dot Eaters: Videogame History 101 An extensive history of videogames, including computer games and the work of Paul Reiche and Freefall Associates.)
  • The Pages of Now and Forever (This site could perhaps be called the heart of the Star Control fan movement on the 'net.)
Martin Smith (63136) added Star Control (ZX Spectrum) on Aug 16, 2005
Other platforms contributed by PCGamer77 (3026), Martin Smith (63136), Servo (55823) and Tomer Gabel (4374)