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SunBurst is a 2D shoot 'em up with an economy and gameplay mechanics similar to the Elite games. It contains four different galaxies to explore where the ship needs to stop an alien race from invading. Next to the fighting money needs to be gained by completing missions or through trading. There are four levels of ship types that can be obtained eventually.

To hyperspace to another galaxy no equipment is needed. You fly to a special space station (one in each galaxy called JumpStat) and press 'H' to make a hyperspace gate open. Docking is similar; you gain permission by pressing 'D' and if granted you fly into/over the space station.

The missions roll on one after the other so you don't have to be a specific status to trigger most of them. The radar is located to one side of the main screen as well as in the centre of the main screen, a sort of head-up-display. To pick up cargo, you need no extra equipment. Fly over the yellow cylinders to pick them up and sell them at any station.

Some space stations have games to play, either a casino or a phase-to-stun game, these can gain you money but equally use up your money.


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Nathan Atkinson (16) added SunBurst (Acorn 32-bit) on Nov 04, 2014