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Description

Loadstar is a rail-shooter concerned with shooting enemies while navigating your ship, much like Sewer Shark. You're actually on rails in this game, as you travel in a truck/train called Loadstar along a magnetic rail network covering the moon. Shifting the cursor to the edge of the screen changes to a different track when available, with incorrect turns either killing you instantly or moving you off-course from the level end. Direction indicators and distant landmarks help keep you driving in the right direction, while accidents, track closures, and robot cops work to keep you from it. Your weapons "tag" enemies and force them to explode, or can tag incoming shots and deflect them with a separate shield button.

Gameplay is broken into three levels as you race from one destination to another to escape with your cargo. The game features sophisticated full-motion video cutscenes breaking up the levels and providing the story. Barry Primus and Ned Beatty star.

Screenshots

Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine DOS At least Tully has some old friends, though
Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine DOS The titular Loadstar
Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine DOS The DOS version’s video compression is perhaps marginally kinder to old Tully
Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine DOS Tully seems bad at making new friends, like for instance the space sheriff’s son here

Promo Images

Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine Magazine Advertisement GamePro (International Data Group, United States), Issue 65 (December 1994)

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Critic Reviews

Coming Soon Magazine Nov 30, 1995 71 out of 100 71
High Score Feb, 1996 3 out of 5 60
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 1995 59 out of 100 59
Gameplay (Benelux) Dec, 1995 50 out of 100 50
PC Games (Germany) Dec, 1995 49 out of 100 49
Joystick (French) Dec, 1995 40 out of 100 40
Power Play Dec, 1995 39 out of 100 39

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Trivia

Development

The Sega CD port with severely hobbled by the system's limitations. Ironically, Sega had invested heavily in Rocket Science Games and demanded that the game appear first on its system. The game passed Sega's testing procedure, but just barely. The testing procedure? The game had to run for a certain number of hours without crashing.

Awards

  • GameFan
    • 1994 (Vol. 3, Iss. 1) - Best Sega CD FMV Game of the Year
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tbuteler (3154) added Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine (DOS) on Apr 30, 2003
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