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a game by Namco Ltd., and Silmarils
Genre: Action
Platforms: Sega CD, 3DO
Editor Rating: 5/10, based on 4 reviews
User Rating: 5.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Rail Shooter

Tough shootin', great sounds, and superb graphics round out this awesome space shooter, which is based on Namco's arcade game. But the blade gets dull when you see how difficult this CD gets.

A Starbiade Is Born

You're a hot Geo Sword pilot with a lust for alien blood, a lightning-fast ship, and a blazing laser cannon. Unfortunately, that's it. You have no other aids, like power-ups for your cannon, and only three ships to play with.

The game pits you against everything that outer space has to offer, including some almost impossible-to-destroy enemies. Armored fortresses and laser-shooting asteroids add to the excitement and eventually to the frustrating clutter of Starblade. Your laser sight moves so much slower than the enemies that you better have your ship insurance paid up.

Blade Gunner

The view from the cockpit is dazzling. You choose either spectacularly filled polygon graphics or texture-enhanced graphics. Although your flight path is predetermined, dizzying ascents and sudden turns guarantee that only those with iron stomachs will survive.

The sounds are equally impressive. You're constantly barraged by intense cockpit chatter, including incoming enemy reports.

Starblade satisfies the jet jockey in all of us, but it also asks for intense luck and incredible timing in the bargain. This game definitely puts you at the business end of the Blade.


  • You can't destroy this enemy. Just shoot the four huge bombs It sends your way.
  • A dull thumping sound means you've found the weak spot. Fke away.
  • Forget trying to battle these Land Tanks. Shoot the barrel-shaped bombs they toss.

Download Starblade

Sega CD

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP


System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

This space shooter a la Star Wars has polygon graphics and a 3D perspective. The shooting in this arcade classic, though, is a mite simpler than most space shooters out there. You don't steer, swap weapons, or grab power-ups in this one-player, arcade-style action game. During Starblade's four missions, you pound buttons and shoot, shoot, shoot. Thundering explosions and crackling communications with squad members help create a deep-space ambiance.

If you survive the fleet of enemy ships, you will reach the Red Planet, and you will have to engage the enemy on the surface. Your objective on the surface is to reach the Main Power Core, where you can start a chain reaction that will destroy the whole planet. This is not as easy as it sounds. You are now on the bad guys' home planet, and they are not going to let you fly right through!

There is plenty of action in this arcade hit to keep most people at bay. Jump--aboard your ship and go after the evil guys. This is not a typical sidescrolling shooter. It has 3-D polygon graphics and your view is from the cockpit. Control the crosshairs while the computer controls your flight path. There will be enemies all over the place shooting at you as much as you shoot at them! You can destroy most shots (except their lasers) with your shot. There are plenty of different levels to fly around and shoot in. Make sure you listen to the voices and follow their rules.


This game brings back memories of the arcade game I used to pump a ton of quarters in.


The game is almost entirely polygon graphics and is no fun once you play it through once.


When your head explodes from the pure frustration this game delivers.

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