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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.


Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine DOS The titular Loadstar
Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine SEGA CD You can watch tech movies on the enemies you'll encounter.
Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine SEGA CD Ned Beatty as Moon-Sheriff Wompler
Loadstar: The Legend of Tully Bodine SEGA CD The Loadstar's computer "Mort" helps and navigates along the way.

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GameFan Magazine SEGA CD Dec, 1994 72 out of 100 72
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA CD Jan, 1995 33 out of 50 66
High Score DOS Feb, 1996 3 out of 5 60
PC Player (Germany) DOS Nov, 1995 59 out of 100 59
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Dec, 1995 50 out of 100 50
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA CD Feb, 1995 5 out of 10 50
Mean Machines SEGA CD Jan, 1995 39 out of 100 39
Power Play DOS Dec, 1995 39 out of 100 39 SEGA CD Apr 04, 2011 3 out of 10 30
Just Games Retro SEGA CD Jan 10, 2003 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30


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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.


  • GameFan
    • 1994 (Vol. 3, Iss. 1) - Best Sega CD FMV Game of the Year
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