Tuesday 31 May 2022

StarBlade (Mega CD / Sega CD review)

Developer: Technosoft
Publisher: Namco
Released: 1994

StarBlade is a rail shooter that was originally released in the Arcade in 1991.

+ Scenically, the battle territories are breathtaking and the trench runs / meteor showers are clearly inspired by Star Wars.

+ While the on-screen cursor can't mimic the speed of a mouse it does an admirable job and reacts quickly and smoothly. 

+ Polygon graphics are a show-stopper and there's no hint of slowdown despite all the twists and turns the camera takes.

+ The distance indicator on the right-hand-side is a great motivator to keep you playing until you finally reach the destination. 

- At times, taking damage seems unavoidable due to the sheer amount of incoming projectiles being thrown towards you.

- Game is extremely short (with no replay value) and only one button is used throughout which fires your laser gun.

- No in-game music until the finale, which is a real missed opportunity to build up the tension and create something epic.

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