Space Tactics

From Sega Retro


Space Tactics
System(s): Arcade
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
1980-10  ?

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Space Tactics is an arcade shoot-'em-up game released by Sega in 1980. It was an early tactical shooter, with elements of real-time tactics and real-time strategy.


Space Tactics made its North American debut at the 1980 AMOA show, which took place in October 1980, and where Pac-Man and Rally-X also made their North American debut. Space Tactics was declared the "arcade sit-down hit of the show" by leading coin-op magazine RePlay.[1]

It featured early 3-D effects, such as sprite scaling and a motion cabinet where the entire screen mobilizes as the player aims a centred crosshair and lasers shoot into the screen. Five bases need to be defended and can be commanded to fire shots, and an energy shield is available for further protection.

It featured an arcade cockpit cabinet. The arcade cabinet's unique monitor behaved in a somewhat similar manner to gyroscope motion control. The game's sprite scaling and motion cabinet was a precursor to later Sega arcade hits such as Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom, Space Harrier, After Burner, and Galaxy Force. Some of the gameplay in Space Tactics is also similar to Gorf, released the following year.

Promotional material

SpaceTactics Arcade US Flyer.pdf

US flyer

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US flyer (Alt)

SpaceTactics Arcade US Flyer Alt2.jpg

US flyer (Alt 2)

SpaceTactics Arcade DE Flyer.pdf

DE flyer

Physical scans

Arcade, DE