Games, Games, Games ???

Games, Games, Games ???

Post by Jared Da » Sat, 20 Mar 1993 08:08:49



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.

What platforms is Star Raiders available on?
What versions of the game are there?
Did Star Raiders II suck, or was it my imagination?
Was Star Raiders for the ST different than the 400/800
 version?

Please post answers, as I don't have email here.
All replies appreciated greatly.
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Games, Games, Games ???

Post by Christopher Brow » Sat, 20 Mar 1993 13:30:11



>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
> version?

Yes.  It had "flashier" graphics; they went for a hexagonal map,
multicoloured aliens, and a much more complicated looking photon
torpedo shot.

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...

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Post by Richard M. Venab » Sat, 20 Mar 1993 13:44:57



>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.

You can put down that asbestos shield now.

Quote:>What platforms is Star Raiders available on?

I'm not aware of any non-Atari platforms, unless perhaps the ST version runs
on that GEMulator thing (ST emulation on a DOS machine; hardware).

Quote:>What versions of the game are there?

Atari released versions for their 8-bit 400/800 series (which includes 130XE)
and for the ST line.   [ Anyone know if it runs on the TT or Falcon? ]

Quote:>Did Star Raiders II suck, or was it my imagination?

Must have been your imagination; I liked the variety of combat scenarios,
and the fact you could finish it without adolescent reflexes.  True, it takes
longer to finish a game, and the destroyers and flagships are hard to hit
cleanly in open space, but don't let them into low planetary orbit...

Quote:>Was Star Raiders for the ST different than the 400/800
> version?

A little, but mostly much better graphics, and a small window below the main
viewscreen for: map, scan, aft view, etc.   All in all, a faithful port.

Quote:>Please post answers, as I don't have email here.
>All replies appreciated greatly.
>--
>=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
>| Jared Dahl             | "My heart is human, my * is boiling, |
>| Systems Programmer     |  my brain IBM"                           |
>| IBM - Rochester, MN    |              -- STYX,  "Mr. Roboto"      |
>=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
>Opinions expressed are mine, not my employer's.
>Don't send e-mail - I won't get it.

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