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A cockpit view space shooter very similar to Star Raiders but not requiring a keypad. In your starship, you must warp to sectors of space containing enemy starships. Here you will engage and destroy them before they can surround and destroy your starbases. In a starbase sector, use your joystick to guide your reticle to the starbase when it is near you for repair and/or refueling. In a fight, you can take damage. If you see a L, it meas your lasers are out of commission. This mean you cannot fire (this is not good in a fight!). If you see a W, it means your warp drive is damaged. You will use twice as much fuel when warping. If you see an S, it means your shields are out. If you are hit again with no shields, you will be destroyed. If you see an R, it means your radar is damaged. You will not be able to see the enemies on the starmap until you get the radar fixed. All your starbases will still show with damaged radar except any that have been destroyed. When warping, if the screen at the bottom is green, you are headed to an empty sector. If it is red, you are headed to a sector with enemies in it. If it is blue, you are headed to a sector with a starbase in it. The game ends when either all the enemies are destroyed or you are destroyed. Your final score is determined by your base score plus 100 points per enemy destroyed minus 500 points per starbase destroyed minus 100 points per each time you docked at a starbase minus 1 point per stardate.


Starmaster Atari 2600 starting screen
Starmaster Atari 2600 Warping to a sector with starbase. Avoid stars when warping.
Starmaster Atari 2600 Game 4 (StarMaster) selected
Starmaster Atari 2600 Starmap

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Critic Reviews

The Atari Times Atari 2600 Jun 29, 2002 90 out of 100 90
Tilt Atari 2600 Nov, 1982 5 out of 6 83
Woodgrain Wonderland Atari 2600 Apr 02, 2018 B+ 83
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Aug 24, 2003 B+ 83
All Game Guide Atari 2600 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Atari HQ Atari 2600 2000 7 out of 10 70
8-bit Central Retro Gaming Atari 2600 2011 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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In addition to the instructions, Starmaster also came with a strategy book called The Power of the Starmaster.

High score reward

If, on game 1 (Ensign), you achieved a final score of 3800 or more and sent a picture of your TV screen showing this, Activision would send you an "Order of the Supreme Starmaster" patch). Also, if you got 5700 point in Game 2 (Leader), 7600 points in Game 3 (Wing Commander) and/or 9000 points in Game 4 (StarMaster) and sent pictures of these, there were additional chevron patches you could get.
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