Electron User1st November 1985
Published in Electron User 3.02
Deathstar is a super fast, all-action arcade classic. It's the sort of game that you can't put down. You've got to have just one more go. My dinner went cold on more than one occasion.
As the name suggests, the action takes place out in space. Among the asteroids are two types of alien ships - workers and warriors. The workers are a pretty harmless bunch, but the warriors can be nasty at times.
The asteroids contain valuable crystals which can be blasted free and picked up by both you and the aliens. The aliens use them to build a huge battle ship, virtually indestructible. You convert them into starbombs, the only defence against the Deathstar.
If you manage to make it until the Deathstar has been completed, then the only way to survive is to release all your starbombs. If you've managed to collect enough, the Deathstar will be destroyed. If not, it'll catch you up and destroy your ship.
Destroying the Deathstar takes you on to the next screen. The warriors harass you more and it's difficult to mine the asteroids for crystals.
If you manage to destroy the Deathstar again, it's into warp drive and off to the next screen.
As you progress, the number of asteroids become fewer and they become more difficult to mine. To make matters worse, the warriors become more aggressive as well.
The graphics are excellent and the scrolling is very smooth in all four directions. The pace is fast and furious even on the starting screen. This action-packed game is recommended for all arcade gamers.