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Dark Star

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Full titleDark Star
Year of release1984
PublisherDesign Design Software (UK)
Re-released byComse (Spain)
Firebird Software Ltd (UK)
MCM Software S.A. (Spain)
Author(s)Simon Brattel, Neil Mottershead, Graham Stafford, Jon Ritman
Inspired byJack H. Harris Enterprises (USA) (movie: Dark Star)
Machine typeZX Spectrum 48K
Number of players1
ControlsRedefineable keys
TypeArcade: Shoot-em-up
Message languageEnglish
Original publicationCommercial
Original price£7.50
1600 ptas.
Budget price£1.99
AvailabilityAvailable as both Perfect TZX and non-TZX
Protection schemeMultiple schemes (see individual downloads)
Additional infoAppeared on side A of the compilation 6 Computer Hits (Beau-Jolly Ltd)
Appeared on side A of covertape Crash issue 88: Presents 24 (Crash)
Appeared on side A of covertape YS issue 78: Magnificent Seven (Your Sinclair)
Features Vector Graphics
Also listed on Freebase
RemarksCame with a password protected Spectacle as bonus.
SPOT commentsCrash cover game; Your Sinclair cover game
SeriesThis game belongs in the following series:
1. Dark Star
2. Forbidden Planet
Other systemsThis title was also advertised for and/or published on the Amstrad CPC
Score 7.97 (37 votes)   See scores and vote!

Download and play links
FilenameSizeTypeOriginCodeBarcodeD.L.YearEncoding scheme
Run on-line with a 48K Java Spectrum emulator DarkStar.tzx.zip84,200(Perfect TZX tape image)Original release1984None
Run on-line with a 48K Java Spectrum emulator DarkStar.tap.zip24,552((non-TZX) TAP tape image)1984
Run on-line with a 48K Java Spectrum emulator DarkStar(FirebirdSoftwareLtd).tzx.zip24,642(Perfect TZX tape image)Re-release50124390105481985None
DarkStar(MCMSoftwareS.A.).tzx.zip24,680(Perfect TZX tape image)Re-releaseLS003M-15465-19881988Unspecified custom loader

Additional material
DarkStar.gif7,210(Loading screen)
DarkStar.scr6,912(Loading screen dump)
DarkStar.gif1,202(In-game screen)
DarkStar.txt9,812(English instructions)
DarkStar(MCMSoftwareS.A.).pdf15,604(Spanish instructions)
DarkStar.jpg39,756(Cassette inlay)
DarkStar(FirebirdSoftwareLtd).jpg57,619(Re-release cassette inlay)
DarkStar(MCMSoftwareS.A.).jpg106,520(Re-release cassette inlay)

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Magazine references
Crash10.84page 91(Preview) [full page]
Popular Computing Weekly10.84page 368(Review) [full page]
Home Computing Weekly11.84page 139(Review) [full page]
Home Computing Weekly11.84page 433(Letter) [full page]
Popular Computing Weekly11.84page 444(News/Note) [full page]
Crash12.84page 97(Review) [full page]
Personal Computer Games12.84page 52(Review) [full page]
Sinclair Programs12.84page 17(Review) [full page]
Computer & Video Games2.85page 44(Review) [full page]
Your Spectrum2.85page 51(Review) [full page]
Crash3.85page 62(Tips) [full page]
Your Spectrum3.85page 3(News/Note) [full page]
Popular Computing Weekly4.85page 140(Tips) [full page]
Crash5.85page 85(Letter) [full page]
Crash6.85page 58(Letter) [full page]
Popular Computing Weekly10.85page 336(Tips) [full page]
Sinclair User12.87page 57(Review) [full page]
Crash5.91page 6(CoverGame) [full page]
Your Sinclair6.92page 4(CoverGame) [full page]
Your Sinclair9.92page 28(Tips) [full page]
Your Sinclair6.93page 31(Feature - The YS Complete Guide To ... 3D Games) [full page]

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Big K12.84page 96(Full-page ad) [full page]
Crash12.84page 140(Full-page ad) [full page]
Popular Computing Weekly12.84page 112(Advert) [full page]
Sinclair User12.84page 100(Advert) [full page]

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