>OK. Don't flame me to death. I have one small question
>and then I will go back to lurking. I know this is ancient
>history, but it's not in the FAQ and I need to know.
There is only one "true" edition of Star Raiders. That being said,
there were a number of games that were CALLED Star Raiders. But they
weren't the Real Thing.
Quote:>What platforms is Star Raiders available on?
- Atari 8 bit (the "true" version, and Star Raiders II)
- Atari 2600 (almost "true" - there just wasn't enough power to it to
do it quite right. They tried.)
- Atari ST
Quote:>What versions of the game are there?
The 4 versions mentioned above.
Quote:>Did Star Raiders II suck, or was it my imagination?
It wasn't TERRIBLE - it just wasn't nearly as good as the original, so
that in comparison it sucked.
In the bad old piracy days, I had a copy. Only played it once. And
went back to the original cart.
Quote:>Was Star Raiders for the ST different than the 400/800
Yes. It had "flashier" graphics; they went for a hexagonal map,
multicoloured aliens, and a much more complicated looking photon
Flashy, but they wasted half the screen on "flash," and didn't soup up
anything that was useful to game play.
The "true" version had no ostentatious flashiness; everything went
towards the game. I really wasn't happy with the game design on the
ST version. It was not improved from the original, despite the
potential of the more powerful hardware.
I would have been much happier if they had made as perfect a clone as
possible, and merely used the improved speed/sound/colour set to
make the game somewhat "finer." Unfortunately, they didn't have a
game that was as good as the original.
I still fire up the 800XL now and again to run Star Raiders...
Christopher Browne | PGP 2.0 key available
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