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Tau Ceti (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 ZX Spectrum ... though the results are pretty similar
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 So now the player is flying over the planets surface. Some targets are static - like these towers, others move around
Tau Ceti ZX Spectrum Towers can also be destroyed ...

Alternate Titles

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

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Your Sinclair Jan, 1986 9 out of 10 90


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  • 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 (63162) added Tau Ceti (ZX Spectrum) on Aug 31, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (122027), Martin Smith (63162) and Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe (1519)