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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 ZX Spectrum We both missed! The fire key can be held down for a longer burst.
Tau Ceti: The Lost Star Colony ZX Spectrum The game over sequence ends here.
Tau Ceti: The Lost Star Colony ZX Spectrum ... though the results are pretty similar
Tau Ceti: The Lost Star Colony ZX Spectrum Somehow a destroyed tower does not look as impressive in infra red

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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 Nov 14, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
ZX Spectrum Gamer Apr, 2012 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 100
Crash! Dec, 1985 94 out of 100 94
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Feb, 1986 9 out of 10 90
Your Sinclair Jan, 1986 9 out of 10 90
Happy Computer 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.)
Martin Smith (66862) added Tau Ceti: The Lost Star Colony (ZX Spectrum) on Aug 31, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (217676), Martin Smith (66862) and Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe (1691)