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Star Control is a science-fiction wargame which pits the forces of the Alliance of Free Stars against those of the predatory Ur-Quan Hierarchy. The games are designed so that you can ease into play, familiarizing yourself with menus, options and player controls. The Alliance and Hierarchy each possess different types of warships. Each vessel has its own maneuvering and firing characteristics, plus a unique special power that you can employ when circumstances dictate.

The game has two modules: the Melee, in which you can simply blast the computer or another player to smithereens using one of 16 different ships, in either Hierarchy or Alliance fleets; or, should you wish for a more challenging game, lets you play one of 9 preset scenarios.


Star Control Amiga The Chenjesu attacks
Star Control Amiga A victory for the Ur-Quan Hierarchy
Star Control Amiga The Chenjesu Broodhome
Star Control Amiga Ilwrath and Yehat in battle

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Alternate Titles

  • "starcon" -- Common abbreviation derived from DOS executable

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Critic Reviews

Amiga Computing May, 1991 80 out of 100 80
CU Amiga Mar, 1991 79 out of 100 79
Amiga Action Apr, 1991 79 out of 100 79
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Apr, 1991 68 out of 100 68
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Apr, 1991 530 out of 1000 53
Zzap! Apr, 1991 53 out of 100 53
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jan, 1991 5.4 out of 12 45
Amiga Joker Jan, 1991 35 out of 100 35
Amiga User International May, 1991 10 out of 100 10


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The "special thanks" in the manual list off an equally large number of sci-fi authors whose work in some way influenced the game. It's fairly rare for game designers to be so rigorous in documenting their inspirations.


The vast majority of captain names in the game were taken from various famous and semi-famous sci-fi sources. (far too many to list here. For example, there's a Syreen Captain Alia (from Dune) and an Earth Captain Pike (from Star Trek))


From almost the very beginning of his video game design career, Paul Reiche III has revisited the theme of pitting varied teams of carefully balanced but widely varied opponents against each other, first in 1983's Archon and most recently in 1998's The Unholy War (and its Japanese analogue, Little Witching Mischiefs).

Star Control also falls in the middle of this chain, and its heritage is plainly spelled out phonetically in its abbreviation:


  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #127 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
Information also contributed by Pseudo_Intellectual

Related Web Sites

  • ComSim Central (Info on getting the game, and lots of scenarios for the full game.)
  • The Dot Eaters (The Dot Eaters: Videogame History 101 An extensive history of videogames, including computer games and the work of Paul Reiche and Freefall Associates.)
  • The Pages of Now and Forever (This site could perhaps be called the heart of the Star Control fan movement on the 'net.)
Servo (57355) added Star Control (Amiga) on Jan 17, 2003
Other platforms contributed by PCGamer77 (3225), Martin Smith (79966), Servo (57355) and Tomer Gabel (4634)
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