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Ad Astra (ZX Spectrum)

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Ad Astra is an early into-the-screen 3D space shoot 'em up. Your craft is viewed in front of you, with the first task being to dart in between the planets which hurtle towards you. Once this is passed, the serious business of shooting down the enemy craft begins. These shoot at you from a distance, and your angle of attack varies depending on the angle at which you are flying into the screen, in a sort of trick-3D.

Landmines (shoot these before they disintegrate towards you) and flying saucers (which don't shoot at you, but must be shot several times), before the task of noting down a code to enable you to progress to the next moon, from which the whole task begins again with increased difficulty. The game keeps track of how long you have been playing each game, as well as a high score.


Ad Astra ZX Spectrum When you crash you are greeted with a very well drawn explosion
Ad Astra ZX Spectrum Special delivery shuttle
Ad Astra ZX Spectrum These space ships fly at you and shoot at the same time
Ad Astra ZX Spectrum The first attack wave is lots of  asteroids which must be avoided rather than shot at

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Home Computing Weekly May 15, 1984 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jun, 1984 32 out of 40 80
Crash! May, 1984 80 out of 100 80
Personal Computer Games Jun, 1984 8 out of 10 80
Sinclair User Jun, 1984 8 out of 10 80
Your Computer Jun, 1984 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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Title Translation

The title is Latin for 'to the stars'. In the UK the Astra car made by Vauxhall (known as GM or Opel elsewhere) is the more likely association however. And no, the game doens't use Voxel (Vauxhall) technology....
Martin Smith (66862) added Ad Astra (ZX Spectrum) on Oct 11, 2004