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































Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
US
$69.95[1][2] ACLD002
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£37.95[3] ACLD002
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F ACLD002
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? ACLD002
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas 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[5].

As a 12-megabit (1.5MB) cartridge, Star Control was the largest Mega Drive game at the time of release[5], 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.

Magazine articles

Main article: Star Control/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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PDF
Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #27: "October 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #30: "January 1992" (199x-xx-xx)[6]

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PDF
Print advert in GamePro (US) #29: "December 1991" (1991-xx-xx)

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PDF
Print advert in Game Players Sega Guide! (US) #0203: "Vol. 2, No. 3" (199x-xx-xx)

Joystick FR 018.pdfJoystick FR 018.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Joystick (FR) #18: "Juillet/Août 1991" (1991-xx-xx)

ConsolesPlus FR 002.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Consoles + (FR) #2: "Octobre 1991" (1991-xx-xx)

Artwork

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 №116, p108-110[7]
92 №23, p44/45[8]
80 №12
75 №18, p180
68 №5, p94
74 №23, p79
89 №1, p65
90 №1, p80[9]
86 №10, p46-48[10]
70 №12, p50/51[11]
80 №23, p54
70 №25, p30/31
Sega Mega Drive
80
Based on
12 reviews

References