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Tau Ceti (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 ZX Spectrum The game's title screen
Tau Ceti ZX Spectrum ... and also indestructible. A collision was inevitable. This triggers a 'Game Over' sequence where the main window cycles through bright colours while the central black area gets smaller
Tau Ceti ZX Spectrum The game starts in demo mode. There is no action key redefinition. The main windows shows the planet surface, radar and status messages
Tau Ceti ZX Spectrum The LAUNCH command actually starts the game. The planet surface is gradually revealed in an expanding diamond window. When this is fully displayed the radar kicks in

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

Your Sinclair Jan, 1986 9 out of 10 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Feb, 1986 9 out of 10 90

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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))
Martin Smith (63054) added Tau Ceti (ZX Spectrum) on Aug 31, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (131163), Martin Smith (63054) and Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe (1519)