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A space simulation with elements from a number of other genres mixed in. Your mission is to destroy a robot army that has taken over a planet. Gameplay includes arcade sequences, where you fly your ship around and shoot the enemy robots; strategy elements, as you attempt to navigate and locate parts to repair the defense system; and even text-adventure elements, in the form of giving commands to your ship's computer.


Tau Ceti: The Lost Star Colony Amstrad CPC Title screen and credits
Tau Ceti: The Lost Star Colony Commodore 64 Skimming along
Tau Ceti: The Lost Star Colony DOS Title Screen (CGA)
Tau Ceti: The Lost Star Colony ZX Spectrum Close up the target can be identified as some kind of flying saucer and this time its been hit...

Promo Images

Tau Ceti: The Lost Star Colony Magazine Advertisement
Tau Ceti: The Lost Star Colony Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "Tau-Ceti: The Lost Star Colony" -- Alternate spelling
  • "Tau-Ceti" -- UK media title
  • "Tau Ceti" -- UK / Australian title

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Critic Reviews

Popular Computing Weekly ZX Spectrum Nov 14, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Zzap! Commodore 64 Nov, 1988 93 out of 100 93
64'er Commodore 64 Jan, 1989 13 out of 15 87
64'er Commodore 64 Aug, 1986 13 out of 15 87
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Dec, 1987 87 out of 100 87
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 87 out of 100 87
Commodore User Commodore 64 Jul, 1986 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Happy Computer Commodore 64 Apr, 1986 Unscored Unscored
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Sep, 1987 Unscored Unscored
Happy Computer ZX Spectrum Apr, 1986 Unscored Unscored


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John Twiddy, the Commodore 64 programmer saw the potential of a sequel using techniques from Encounter to make the game better than the original Tau Ceti. The game was going to be called 'Attack on Centralis' but CRL turned it down due to an official sequel from Pete Cooke called Academy being programmed.

Spectrum packaging

The Spectrum version comes in unusually shaped and slightly unwieldy packaging, which makes complete copies in good condition quite rare. They have been known to sell for over £30 on eBay.


  • Commodore Format
    • July 1991 (Issue 10) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
  • Computer Gamer
    • February 1986 (issue #17) - Included in the list Spectrum Collection (the best Spectrum ZX games since 1985 by editorial staff choice)
  • Happy Computer
    • 1986 - Runner-up as Action Game of the Year
    • Issue 04/1987 - #18 Best Game in 1986 (Readers' Vote)

Related Web Sites

  • Icemark Tau Ceti Page (Contains the full instructions plus controls. For the Spectrum version, but it should be much the same for other versions.)
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