Super Stardust HD
Super Stardust HD is a remake of the Super Stardust for the Amiga 1200 and Amiga CD32. There are three different weapon types, each designed for shooting apart different types of asteroids. Instead of the original 2-D plane, the remake put the player's ship in orbit around a planet. The player guides it around on a sphere where it can travel in any direction and never run into a wall.
In the beginning, all approaching asteroids need to be destroyed. As the game progresses, more difficult enemies and more asteroids appear. Shooting asteroids provides more weapon and shield power or even extra points. There is also a boss at the end of each level. The game supports online leaderboards tracking the high scores and other players' rankings.
Credits (PlayStation 3 version)
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Average score: 88% (based on 13 ratings)
Average score: 4.1 out of 5 (based on 14 ratings with 1 reviews)
This remake has some very nice features and looks great, great effects and visuals and some good sound effects. The object of the game is to shoot asteroids and other enemies which appear on screen, essentially saving the planet from an evil penguin, well that was the story from the original version. You have 3 different weapon types which are effective against 3 different types of asteroid, ice, gold and rock. Each planet is made up of around 5 phases where the fifth phase has an end of level boss. After destroying these bosses, allow you to proceed to the next planet.
I have very fond memories of Stardust and Super SD on the amiga platforms, very impressive graphics for the time and even still look good today. There are a few things about this remake I would like to point out though. This game feels more like a demo as the game is ridiculously short, I remember the original versions taking weeks even months to complete as the game was hard, VERY hard. This versions feels like an unfinished demo as there are so many things missing from the game which where in the original version. The music in the game is rather poor in my opinion. This game rocked because it had very uplifting dance techno tracks which gave it an adrenalin exciting feel, which now is replaced with some breakbeat mush, maybe an uplifting electro or trance tracks would of been nice, though it is possible to include your own playlist. Considering the amiga 500 and 1200 version music was 4 channel mod music and sounded great. Another total barbaric thing to do was to miss out the 3d tunnel sections, I was in total dismay, I remember on the original I could not wait to beat the end of level boss so you could play the fantastic 3d tunnel sections, which still look fantastic today. How could they not even bother to include these in the PS3 version, and considering the remake is around 250 megs it feels very empty and unfinished. So much could of been done with this remake, using more of the original ideas and possibly adding new features. You can complete the game in about an hour on easy mode. The original came on around 4 disks and that took months to complete as you had around 30 levels plus special mission levels. Such a big disappointment, even though the remake is cheap, they still could of made a better more in depth game, instead of a game that feels like a tech demo.
The Bottom Line
A great simple shooter, but if your looking for the same excitement as the original then you will be disappointed.
PlayStation 3 · by Stephen N (11) · 2008
1001 Video Games
Super Stardust HD appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
- Super Stardust HD is the first PlayStation 3 game made in Finland.
- On July 2, 2008, Super Stardust HD became the first PlayStation 3 game to receive a patch that allowed use of Sony's new trophy system.
Related Sites +
Interview of people behind Super Stardust HD, Part 1
Plaza.fi interview of people behind Super Stardust HD, Part 1. Interview is in Finnish.
Interview of people behind Super Stardust HD, Part 2
Plaza.fi interview of people behind Super Stardust HD, Part 2. Interview is in Finnish.
Super Stardust HD Interview
on IGN (June 5, 2007)
Wikipedia: Super Stardust HD
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Game added March 31st, 2008. Last modified October 17th, 2023.