Star Control

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Star Control
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Ballistic
Developer:
Genre: Simulation

















Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$69.9569.95[2][1] ACLD002
Sega Mega Drive
EU
ACLD002
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£39.9939.99[4][5] ACLD002

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Star Control is a 1990 space combat simulation game developed by Toys for Bob and published for a variety of video game systems by Accolade, including to the Sega Mega Drive in 1991 (under the Ballistic brand). It was released without a license from Sega, prior to the Sega v. Accolade lawsuit.

Gameplay

The Mega Drive version of Star Control adds a further six scenarios not seen in the original Amiga version.

History

Development

The Mega Drive Star Control was ported from its Amiga incarnation. The original game was written in C, and porting to the Mega Drive took roughly four months[6].

As a 12-megabit (1.5MB) cartridge, Star Control was the largest Mega Drive game at the time of release[6], a selling point so prized by Accolade, that the publisher rushed the port out of the door before optimisations to the gameplay could be made.

Legacy

While its sequel Star Control II skipped Sega systems, plans were drawn up at one stage to bring Star Control III to the Sega Saturn.

Production credits

  • Program Design: Fred Ford
  • Game Design: Paul Reiche
  • Sega Program: Robert Leyland
  • Game Art: Paul Reiche, Greg Johnson, Erol Otus


Magazine articles

Main article: Star Control/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #27: "October 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
also published in:
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Print advert in GamePro (US) #29: "December 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Game Players Sega Guide! (US) #0203: "Vol. 2, No. 3: June/July 1991" (1991-0x-xx)
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Print advert in Joystick (FR) #18: "Juillet/Août 1991" (1991-0x-xx)
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Print advert in Consoles + (FR) #2: "Octobre 1991" (1991-10-05)

Artwork

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
60
[8]
Cool Gamer (RU)
30
[9]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
90
[10]
Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 2 (RU)
80
[11]
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
83
[12]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
96
[13]
Games-X (UK) PAL
80
[14]
Joystick (FR)
75
[15]
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) NTSC-U
68
[16]
Mega (UK)
74
[17]
Mega Action (UK)
89
[18]
MegaTech (UK)
90
[19]
Mean Machines (UK) PAL
86
[20]
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
90
[21]
Raze (UK) PAL
70
[22]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
75
[23]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
70
[24]
Sega Opisaniy i sekretov (RU)
65
[25]
User (GR) PAL
85
[26]
Video Games (DE)
67
[27]
Sega Mega Drive
76
Based on
20 reviews

Star Control

Mega Drive, US/EU
StarControl MD US Box Back.jpgStarControl MD US BoxSpine.jpgStarControl MD US Box Front.jpg
Cover
StarControl MD US CartTop.jpg
StarControl MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Star Control MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Star Control MD US Alien and Starship Specifications.pdf
Alien & Starship Specs

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 8e2bceaf
MD5 de54c1ae7099b15d6c6ccb31932927b3
SHA-1 108e00cdbcb339834b54fb11819591627fe4b351
1.5MB 1991-03 Cartridge (US/EU)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 GamePro, "June 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 47
  2. VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, "August 1991" (US; 1991-0x-xx), page 42
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mean Machines, "July 1991" (UK; 1991-06-29), page 48
  4. Computer & Video Games, "July 1991" (UK; 1991-06-15), page 109
  5. Sega Power, "July 1991" (UK; 1991-06-06), page 48
  6. 6.0 6.1 File:GamesX UK 04.pdf, page 36
  7. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "January 1992" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 76
  8. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-xx-xx), page 222
  9. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 206
  10. Computer & Video Games, "July 1991" (UK; 1991-06-15), page 108
  11. Entsiklopediya luchshikh igr Sega. Vypusk 2, "" (RU; 2000-xx-xx), page 224
  12. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 95
  13. GamePro, "June 1991" (US; 1991-xx-xx), page 46
  14. Games-X, "11th-17th July 1991" (UK; 1991-07-11), page 18
  15. Joystick, "Juillet/Août 1991" (FR; 1991-0x-xx), page 180
  16. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 94
  17. Mega, "August 1994" (UK; 1994-07-21), page 79
  18. Mega Action, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 65
  19. MegaTech, "Xmas 1991" (UK; 1991-12-06), page 80
  20. Mean Machines, "July 1991" (UK; 1991-06-29), page 46
  21. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 140
  22. Raze, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-08-29), page 50
  23. Sega Power, "October 1991" (UK; 1991-09-05), page 54
  24. Sega Power, "December 1991" (UK; 1991-10-30), page 30
  25. Sega Opisaniy i sekretov, "14000 Opisaniy i sekretov" (RU; 2003-03-11), page 176
  26. User, "Ávgoustos 1992" (GR; 1992-0x-xx), page 86
  27. Video Games, "3/91" (DE; 1991-09-06), page 89