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Star Castle - December 15, '00 by D@Z
Game:Star CastleCompany:Cinematronics
Type:ShooterPlayers:1

I don`t know how many people know this but this little game made a small appearence in a film,any idea`s ? Well it was the film Maximum Overdrive,a film about a strange force controlling all the vehicles in and around a gas station,watch it and see if you can spot it.
Anyway enough of its short film debut,on with the review.
Star castle was made in 1980 and nearly had to have the background star constellation changed on it when it was revealed to be an outline of a centerfold from that year,did you know that?
The basic controls of this vector game are the same as Asteroids,thrust and fire.The aim of the game is to destroy the cannon inside the outter spinning rings,each ring is made up of several segment (dodecagons or 12 sided) and are worth different points,the outter=10,middle=20 and the inner=10 points,hit them twice on the same segment to destroy them.If you destroy one of the rings completely it will grow back and you will not be able to destroy the cannon in the middle and if you take to long the game speeds up,so shoot with care.Watch out for small bombs that come flying off the rings because if they hit you,you will lose 1 of your 3 lives,either shoot them or use your thrusters to get away.
When you`ve made yourself a gap in all three ring prepare to shoot the cannon,but beware of the fireballs it shoots out as they come out very fast,its a good idea to get to the edge of the screen.If you manage to get 1 shot on target you will destroy it and gain yourself an exra life in the process.The game carries on like this but gets faster.
Its got quite easy controls and good sounds,there is not much more to this game but I still think its good fun and not that easy.
The emulation is perfect but you will need to get a seperate sound sample if you want to play this game in the excellent Mame emulator.
Graphics
6
8
Sound
Play Control
8
7
Challenge
Replay Value
6
9
Performance

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