In the far future, law enforcement is done by the Star Rangers. You are one such person. It seems that the Space Pirates, led by the evil Captain Talon, have captured a ship of innocent people. As you work your way through Talon's forces, you will have to collect energy crystals to power the ultimate weapon, the Star Splitter Cannon. If you can get them all, you can blast Talon and his vile henchmen back to wherever they came from. If you like full-motion video games, you'll enjoy Space Pirates.
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You've already seen decent shooting action in Johnny Rock and Mad Dog McCree. Space Pirates continues American Laser Games' tradition with a trip to outer space, where no one can hear you scream about the controls.
Space Pirates uses first-person film footage for a story about innocent space colonists and Road Warrior-style kidnappers. You walk space-station halls and distant planets in search of bad guys. It's all mindless fun, and quick reactions take precedent over strategy. Unfortunately, your shooting skills are limited by the inefficient guns. Whether you use a standard controller or a Camegun, targeting isn't precise enough to keep you alive long. You'll miss an enemy only to see him fall, or your direct hits won't register. The Camegun, by the way, is by far the preferred shootin' iron because it reloads much quicker than the controller.
The graphics and sounds are better than those in most full-motion-video games because the futuristic setting generates more impressive effects. Instead of Mad Dog McCree's basic cowboys, here you see imaginatively costumed villains, laser lights, and interplanetary backgrounds. The sounds also convey the right sonic atmosphere for sci-fi action, but like the graphics, they won't make George Lucas jealous.
If you like sci-fi action, you should like the environment of Space Pirates. And if you can tolerate the misfiring controls, you'll enjoy the nonstop blasting. Space Pirates isn't a glorious treasure chest of fun, but it's still worth plundering.
- Usually you only need to wing enemies on any part of their body for them to go down.
- Always recharge the Gamegun between enemies so you have a full load of ammo.
Space Pirates. Sounds exciting, doesn't it? Well, it's not. In fact, this laserdisc arcade conversion is pretty average. You play a Space Ranger whose job it is to eliminate a band of space pirates. Apparently, in space, the whole idea of a fair trial has been thrown right out the window. Walk down corridors that are either too dark or too bright for you to see anything. When you do see one of those swarthy bandits, shoot him with your super space ray-gun.