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Star Drifter

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  • Level up your space pilot. Earn points by destroying enemies and surviving. Spend your points at the shop, upgrade your ship and equip a variety of defence and weapon systems.
  • A massive amount of randomly generated enemies, power ups, secret weapons and huge bosses.
  • Protect your ship! Exit your ship and attack the aliens while your shields are regenerating.
  • An awesome authentic chip sound track.
Disclaimer:Star Drifter is a full screen action space shooter. You play with your keyboard. We have developed the game to feel like an old school arcade, hard, very hard, super punishing space shooter. The game is not easy and you will die a lot. Please take caution, if you're in the mood for something that will hold your hand or let you win, you're in the wrong place. Star Drifter is ideal for casual gamers that enjoy a real challenge. Prepare to be destroyed over and over again, lose your score and rage at the computer.

Thank you and good luck!
Dan and Martin.
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Nostalgia Hound
Back To Basics Gaming
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System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/8/10
  • Processor: 1.5Ghz or better
  • Memory: 128 MB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 Compatible
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 Compatible Sound
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Last Modified: Sep 17, 2019

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Star Drifter reviews and comments

Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
I bought the Game with 37 others in a £1 bundle and am testing it without any Expectations. Bock on a retro shot scroller I got yes. My Conclusion after the Test: Good retro idea, however, have too little "Playing surface." The Opponents unexpectedly come to the Screen directly on the Ship and, in my View, have too little Screentime. It flies a lot of Stuff through the Area that you can't tell if it's good or evil. An Introduction to the Game is completely lacking. The Game Description "Star Drifter is a super hard ... Space shooter "hits it; Unfortunately, with a Tendency towards Unplayability. The Fingertip on the German Keyboard is also Disturbing: X and Z are the Weapon Buttons:( Once again, you can create space, support QWERTZ keyboard and already the Thing throws off a Lot of Retrocoolness. Not Recommended at this time.
Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
"Star Drifter" is a vertically scrolling retro shoot or Space shooter. With a Story, you don't need to dwell on the Genre any further. Our Spaceship Always flies upwards and with Continuous Fire we fight back enemies and Boulders to drift on us in varying Formations. You have several Lives, you can collect Credits, which you can use to acquire new Secondary Weapons. So far, so old-fashioned and tapped. To stand out from the Fust of the Genre, a Title would require a Special Feature or particularly high Quality. "Star Drifter" misses both. Although the Style is quite vis-like and reminiscent of old Consoles, this Style unfortunately also leads to quite confusing Situations. Opposing Projectiles and Collecting are quite difficult to distinguish in Explosion Thunderstorms. Mechanically, the Game actually works well, even if it doesn't reinvent anything. Unfortunately, however, only with Keyboard, a gamepad support is sorely missed. And that leads to an even more serious Problem for German Players. The Secondary Weapon is in z. Since on German Keyboards, for example, there is where you can find English y, you can only cope with extreme Finger Acrobatics to some extent. Of course, the Key Assignment is also not changeable. The Game looks nice, but can only be played in Window mode, which is also useful due to the pixelated Resolution. The Soundtrack is nice and quite fitting with its Computer Sounds. In Summary: A nice and fitting style, but neither something Special nor suitable for German Keyboards. Rating: 5/10 Atmosphere-/10 Story 5/10 Graphic 6/10 Sound Economics 10 Game Mechanics 3/10 Game Pass Conclusion: Makes an z for a y before. Overall Rating: 3/10
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