BattleSphere (Jaguar)

BattleSphere Jaguar Title screen.

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Description

A 3D space combat simulator, BattleSphere's story was based upon an episode in the original Star Trek television series and it plays similarly to Star Raiders.

Seven alien races vie against each other - the victor will control the galaxy. They meet in an arena in Sector 51, a spherical sector of space formerly used by the Earth government to secretly test new weapons and starships. Gameplay consists of 5 different play modes with different scenarios and goals. Choose from various starships (each with unique weapons systems) and battle the aliens, who have also chosen their best fighters and have many space ships of their own.

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BattleSphere Jaguar Gauntlet Mode; Wave 6667 - Told 'ya so...
BattleSphere Jaguar When you destroy a Capitol Ship, they explode in a supernova-like animation.
BattleSphere Jaguar One of the hidden mini-games within BattleSphere Gold; Defector SL.
BattleSphere Jaguar This is the dashboard of one of the unlockable ships via cheat code, the Intruder ships.

Promo Images

BattleSphere Screenshot A Slith Cruiser loses its engines
BattleSphere Other BattleSphere on the left, Zero5 on the right, Catboxes used for the digital rgb monitors, not for networking.
BattleSphere Other Here is Scott Le Grand explaining the controls of BattleSphere. The great BattleSphere Tournament was pretty cool. Trust me, BattleSphere is as good as the hype around it and will be a major milestone in games for the Atari Jaguar! The code went gold (release) at the beginning of August, now they have to get that puppy encoded
BattleSphere Screenshot New eye-popping rendered graphics!

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Critic Reviews

Defunct Games Aug 07, 2004 95 out of 100 95
neXGam 2009 9.2 out of 10 92

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Trivia

Development

BattleSphere was developed by three people in their spare time over a period of five years. The team encountered many hurtles including lack of support from Atari and legal battles with JTS and Hasbro, not to mention actually producing the carts long after the standard production channels had disappeared.

Pre-release auction

A single pre-release cartridge of BattleSphere, signed by the developers, was sold for $US 1,575 via eBay on March 6, 2000 - the official distribution of the game started after the auction was over. The proceeds from the auction were donated for diabetes research. A copy of the eBay auction page can be viewed here.

Inspirations

BattleSphere is heavily inspired by multiple titles such as Doom, Iron Soldier, Netrek, Quake, Star Wars: TIE Fighter and especially Star Raiders. A list of those inspirations can be seen here & here.

Location

BattleSphere takes place on a enclosed region in space named Sector 51, which is a clear reference to Area 51. In the game, the sector was an ancient alien testing ground for weapons by the Smg'Heed race.

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Jeanne (76516) added BattleSphere (Jaguar) on Aug 14, 2003