Star Control

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

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
$69.95[1][2] ACLD002
Sega Mega Drive
£39.99[3][4] ACLD002
Sega Mega Drive
?F ACLD002
Sega Mega Drive
DM ? ACLD002
Sega Mega Drive
?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.


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



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.


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

Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #27: "October 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
also published in:
Print advert in GamePro (US) #29: "December 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
Print advert in Game Players Sega Guide! (US) #0203: "Vol. 2, No. 3" (199x-xx-xx)
Print advert in Joystick (FR) #18: "Juillet/Août 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
Print advert in Consoles + (FR) #2: "Octobre 1991" (1991-xx-xx)


Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
90 [8]
92 [9]
80 №12
75 [10]
68 №5, p94
74 [11]
89 №1, p65
90 [12]
86 [13]
70 [14]
80 [15]
70 №25, p30/31
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
12 reviews

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)