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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 2.8
Graphics The visual quality of the game 2.6
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.4
Overall User Score (5 votes) 2.8

Critic Reviews

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Sinclair User (Jun, 1984)
Ad Astra is a very welcome addition to the plethora of space games and on the strength of this Gargoyle is clearly a team to watch.
So, hard to know how to rate Ad Astra. On the one hand some of the graphics are as good as you've ever seen on a Spectrum. On the other hand parts of the game don't work quite as well as they really ought to.
This game deserves to do well. If you want a plain and simple space shoot'em-up for your Spectrum, you won't find anything better than Ad Astra.
Home Computing Weekly (May 15, 1984)
This would be a reasonable program if it weren't for the bug. I hope Gargoyle Games have ironed it out - it seems only a simple mistake. I would advise anyone wishing to buy this game to ask for a demonstration first. (The ratings assume the bug has been corrected.)
Crash! (May, 1984)
The first thing to hit you in the eye with this game is the stunning graphics. The 3D effect is quite strong, especially on the asteroids, which not only come from the distance to sweep hugely past you, but are shaded as well. The rapid fire from your ship makes a fireworks display if you fire and move rapidly about the screen. The graphics move very smoothly and very fast, which is just as well, because all the craft, yours and the aliens, are very big. Dodging planetoids, aliens and laser bolts can be done using the perspective. You can nip upwards and sail over the top of something. This all takes quite a bit of practice. With its superb graphics, speed and mass of alien weaponry, Ad Astra is a difficult and addictive game to play.
Your Computer (Jun, 1984)
This game looks better than it actually is - the graphics are very good but the scenario is an old one. Blow up the alien hoardes and survive the asteroids. At least the game is in perspective and this raises it above the standard shoot-'em-up fare.