Starflight 2: Trade Routes of the Cloud Nebula
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Following the events of the first Starflight, the galaxy is at relative peace. The balance of power is disrupted when the Spemin, usually a minor nuisance, suddenly gain technological superiority and begin a campaign of expansionism. Through investigation, Interstel determines that the Spemin technology is not their own and that they have obtained it from somewhere on the other side of a flux (wormhole). Interstel commissions a force to visit this area, called the Cloud Nebula, and find a way to nullify the Spemin technology.
Starflight 2 is a space exploration game that contains much of the interface from its predecessor. This includes crew management, ship improvement, resource collection, planet landings, alien diplomacy and exploration of a new galaxy. Much of the gameplay takes place via a standard interface that allows access to ship stations. Landing on a planet however will shift to an overhead view and the player manually controls his rover while searching for objects of interest.
New to Starflight 2 is trading, alien races will now buy and sell unique items at different prices, it is no longer necessary to return to the Interstel starport to sell resources. As mentioned, the galaxy itself and the alien races that inhabit it are also new. New technologies exist for the player such as Blasto Pods (torpedoes); a devastating weapon, and Jump Pods; which will transport anywhere on the starmap.
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Starflight and Starflight 2 were written in a mixture of Forth (!!) and assembly.
While Starflight 2 supports additional video modes, it loses a video mode of the original: 16-color CGA composite mode.
- Computer Gaming World
- September 1990 (Issue #74) – Role-Playing Game of the Year
- November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #6 Least Rewarding Ending of All Time
Related Sites +
MacElstrom's Starflight Home Page
Outdated, but a nice resource on Starflight and Starflight 2
My Starflight Page
A superfan's reminiscence of Starflight. Some excellent screenshots.
The Starflight Fan Page
Probably the best fan page out there.
The Starflight III project page
A pipe dream, but a nice one...
- MobyGames ID: 85
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Contributors to this Entry
Game added by Trixter.
Amiga, Macintosh added by Terok Nor. Windows added by eWarrior.
Additional contributors: MAT, Shoddyan, Patrick Bregger.
Game added March 8th, 1999. Last modified March 27th, 2023.