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Starglider 2

Starglider 2

GenreSci-Fi Sim
Developer / PublisherArgonaut Software / Rainbird
Media1 x disk
Reviewed byndial
Starglider 2 is full 3D space flight sim shooter and being the successor of the famous Starglider from Rainbird. Here the action hangs together extremely well. Unlike the original, it isn't a straightforward shoot em up, but a combination of exploration and blasting! It's been well thought out and is full of superb touches that raised it out of the ordinary back then. Released on the Atari ST, Commodore Amiga, PC (MS-DOS), Apple Macintosh and ZX Spectrum.
Starglider 2Novenia star system is under threat again from pesky Egrons. The whole story is related in another novella by James Follet. Egrons have hatched another dastardly plot to destroy the planet. Everything takes place in the Solice star system, which consists of five planets, some with moons. You begin on the planet Apogee. The planet surfaces are chequer-boards and each planet's surface is in different colors. The view operates the similar way as its predecessor. But this time, thrusting away from the surface will eventually take you clear of the planet's atmosphere. You then be able to see the star-field, the rest of the planets, moons and the sun. Your mission is to rocket around outer space at top speed, fighting and blowing things up, until you've accumulated the skills and equipment needed to dispatch the dreaded Ergons. Initially you are armed with just a laser but can pickup missiles, bouncing bombs, energy cuboids and neutron bombs. Each planet surface has different types of defenses and features (players from the original game will recognize most of the defenses such as gun-turrets, walkers, tanks and a variety of flying craft. Note that there are several space-pirates waiting for you to destroy you too. Controlling your ship its similar to the original Starglider title: use your mouse and monitor craft's vital signs by means of an agreeably gimmicky instrument panel that features nifty pseudo-holographic gauges.
There are several supply depots located in underground tunnel networks found on some of the planets. Fly into surface portals in order to reach them, and once inside the ship is safe any Egron attack. The hangars in which you can exchange items can also contain weapon supplies too.
Just keep an eye on the three most important gauges (fuel, shield and lasers) as running out of them will prove fatal and defenseless... A great game, unique for its age!

The Atari ST version is fast, but curiously this doesn't actually improve the gameplay when compared to its predecessor. All 3D models look infinitely better now and are filled with colors (in contrast to its predecessor), moving quite smooth and fast. Graphically there's hardly any differences at all between the ST, Amiga and MS-DOS versions. The Atari ST version is one of the few action games that could run on that machine's mono display.
The sound effects are OK but don't give the same feel as on the Amiga. Note that, the game strongest point is its spectacular audio package! Beautifully rendered sounds emanate from most of the hundred-odd objects in the game. Rainbird also included an audio cassette (!) with an extended version of the theme music, leaving the Atari ST and Amiga all sound channels available to serve up the fearsome boom and roar central to this form of entertainment!
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Comparable platforms
Atari ST
Commodore Amiga OCS/ECS
Hardware information

Atari ST

Atari STCPU: Motorola 68000 16/32bit at 8mhz. 16 bit data bus/32 bit internal/24-bit address bus.
MEMORY: RAM 512KB (1MB for the 1040ST models) / ROM 192KB
GRAPHICS: Digital-to-Analog Converter of 3-bits, eight levels per RGB channel, featuring a 9-bit RGB palette (512 colors), 320x200 (16 color), 640x200 (4 color), 640x400 (monochrome). With special programming techniques could display 512 colors on screen in static images.
SOUND: Yamaha YM2149F PSG "Programmable Sound Generator" chip provided 3-voice sound synthesis, plus 1-voice white noise mono PSG. It also has two MIDI ports, and support mixed YM2149 sfx and MIDI music in gaming (there are several games supported this).
The Atari ST (default) color palette
9-bit RGB 512-color palette
(16 on-screen and up to 512 in static image)
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