Reaching for the Stars
Outer space RPG tans get set for a treat! Now you can not only save the universe, but you'll also have a great time doing it! Starflight is a revamp of one of the best games ever made for IBM PC's. Electronic Arts programmed both versions, and the move to the Genesis hasn't hurt a bit. This game is a one player game. All commands are menu driven and relatively easy to master.
The graphics are out of this world. They feature several sharp viewing perspectives depending on your location: forward looking in a Starport, top-down from above planets, through your ship's view screen, face-to-face with aliens, and more.
An Interstellar Entrepreneur
You work for Interstel, a multi-galactic corporation, as an independent contractor. They ask you to find the source of the solar flares which are killing carbon-based life over the universe. However, Interstel is broke, so you must fund your expedition yourself by mining for minerals, discovering new life forms, finding alien artifacts, and recommending worlds for colonization...
As Captain, your first task is to recruit a crew from five friendly alien races. Each race possesses certain innate skills in science, navigation, engineering, communications, and medicine. You must spend your hard-earned cash to upgrade their knowledge. You'll need each at some point... so train your crew! Finding the right mix of species for your crew is a lot of fun, but keep in mind that some races hate each other. Your choices are: Humans (you've met 'em, strange race.), Velox (hive culture insects with big egos), Thrynn (reptiles who are great diplomats and hate plants), Elowan (plants who learn quickly and thoroughly dislike reptiles), and Androids (durable folks with fixed skill levels).
Space Piracy for Fun and Profit
When you begin the game, your ship has no weapons, shields, armor, or engines and everything costs money. Your initial 12,000 MU (monetary units) is chump-change. You'll only be able to afford the cheap stuff at the outset, but you can upgrade as you earn more bucks.
After training your crew equipping your ship, and outfitting your Terrain Vehicle for planet mining, you'll feel pretty broke. Once you get weapons and armor you could start blasting other ships and stealing their minerals, but these folks have long memories and you might need their help later. Skip piracy and earn cash money by mining and recommending planets for colonization... the finder's fees are good money.
ProTip: Buy the Mineral Scanner 2 for your Terrain Vehicle, it will earn far more than it costs.
Bright Lights, Big Universe
Once you leave your local system you'll encounter the rest of the universe -- and it's a biggie! You'll map the universe, fall through fluxes and warp to other regions, rocket to purple nebulas, and visit every backwater solar system around. You'll have a great time exploring.
Be on the lookout for the Artifacts of the Ancients; they'll help you beat the game. They include Black Eggs (planet killer bombs), Tesseract (cuts fuel use in half), Red Cylinder (locates all artifacts from orbit), Flat Device (warps your terrain vehicle back to the ship), Crystal Pearl (warps you out of loosing battles) and many more.
Faces Only Their Mammas Could Love
You'll have close encounter with many weird beings during your adventure. You must learn the proper way to communicate with them but some alien races shoot at you immediately, especially if you have their enemies on your crew. The E.T. mob includes: Gazurtoids (pink fish whose religion requires saving air breathers by killing them), Minstrels (a funny, rhyming race whose arms stick out of their heads), Mysterions (orbs that speak little blobs). All the aliens look great, and they're fun to deal with... even those that gun for your ship.
Out of this World
Starlight pushes the Genesis's technical capabilities to the max. For instance, you get digitized voices... your ship's onboard computer calls out ship's status updates lots of them. You might be losing a heated battle and hear a bored female voice say "Engines failed". This is pretty funny, even if you're about to die.
Even if you beat starflight, you'll want to play again and again because you can play from so many different angles -- new crews, new paths, etc.
As an added point of interest, science fiction great, Robert Silverberg, has written a short story based on this game that's included with the manual. This game does everything well! Starflight is stellar!
It's your job to go to the different planets in your solar system to mine ores for trade. Gas up your vehicle and watch out for the enemy.
Explore strange new worlds and civilizations. Talk with alien life forms! Visit 270 star systems and 800 planets on a starship that you can modify to suit your needs. Create a crew of 6 members from 5 different races and train them. Watch the beautiful animations of revolving planets and alien races. Use zoom technology to get a close up of the race you speak to on detailed contour maps. The sky's the limit in Starflight for the Sega Genesis.