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TBL Looks Back at Starflight

TBL Looks Back at Starflight

Community - posted by Saint_Proverbius on Mon 9 May 2022, 13:03:25

Tags: Electronic Arts; Starflight

Turn Based Lovers has a retrospective about the venerable Starflight, a game from 1986 which pushed the envelope in terms of a sci-fi, exploration space CRPG. Believe it or not, that was a decent little sub-genre at one point, before studios decided fantasy was really the only setting to make the money.

Starflight starts with the main characters in a circular spaceship – ready to set off towards the stars. First, however, the player gather a team of different specialists – classic RPG style. These brave explorers are to discover what’s happening in the universe. The journey won’t be peaceful. Soon, it’ll be clear that their ultimate task is preventing a powerful foe from destroying all planets. Despite this, the adventure is entirely non-linear: it is up to the player where to go and what to do. The gameplay consists of exploring space; docking on planets; extracting precious minerals – vital for fuelling the ship; and interacting with the aliens. It is possible to fight anyone, but this isn’t the best strategy. Good communication is an essential skill here.

This was developed back before Electronic Arts turned evil. I remember being a kid and actually looking for their logo when I was game shopping because I knew they made and published fairly quality stuff. I put them on par with SSI, Bullfrog Productions and so on.

If you're thinking, "Hey, those were great! I'd love to play those games again!", it and the sequel are available on Good Old Games.

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