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Game #2244
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Super Stardust    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Action   Vertical shooter

Rating: 8.85 (141 votes)

Super Stardust box cover

Super Stardust screenshot
Super Stardust 96 is an excellent arcade shoot-em-up that combines addictive gameplay with breath-taking ray-traced and fully animated 3D graphics, digital music and sound effects, to give you the blast feast of your life. Destroy everything in sight and collect weapons and power-ups to help you in your quest. Fight your way through five worlds and four warp gates to reach the end and face Professor Schaumund himself. The game is a non-stop barrage of enemies, explosions, debris and destruction.

According to the official game page at Housemarque, Super Stardust was “the first true arcade blaster shoot-em-up for the PC ever” and the game certainly lives up to this claim. Among the many features are: huge and fully animated enemies, realtime glow and transparency effects, digital music and sound effects, and all this in a steady 70 FPS. Too bad this PC version didn’t enjoy as wide distribution as its Amiga cousin, and stateside publisher GameTek did a much poorer job than European publisher Team 17, resulting in the game being literally unknown in the US. Still, here’s your chance to finally try one of the BEST shoot-em-ups ever made for the PC. Two thumbs up, way up!

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Unknown
Developer: Housemarque
Publisher: GameTek
Year: 1996
Software Copyright: Housemarque
Theme: Science Fiction
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
Where to get it:
Related Links: Official game page (archived), HD version
If you like this game, try: Raiden, Silpheed, Gradius Deluxe Pack

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