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System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: Simulation

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
$69.9569.95[2] 701401
Sega Mega Drive

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Starflight is a 1986 simulation game for home computers by Binary Systems and Electronic Arts ported to the Sega Mega Drive in 1991.


You control an astronaut in a space program who uses the program's limited funds to set up a spaceflight that completes a variety of missions. You do this by first building your crew and ship, then taking them off into space to explore.

Completing these missions gives the player MU (monetary units). Other very important sources of MU are digging for metals and suggestion planets colonization.

Fuel usage, gravity, temperature, weight load etc. must be considered during all missions, enhancing the simulation experience.

Compared to the PC original, most of the graphics have been updated. The game came with a space map as pack-in. The instruction manual contains the story of a starship captain, which can be used as a walkthrough, although not every item location was revealed.

It should be noted that the player is never forced to actually complete a mission, one might fly and explore as long as there are enough resources. The game however has an ending that requires a sequence of discoveries to be made: Uncover the reasons for the so called "flaring" phenomena and destroy the source of it.



The game got a sequel called Starflight 2: Trade Routes of the Cloud Nebula, but it was never ported to a Sega system.

Production credits

  • Producer: Christopher Erhardt
  • Associate Producer: Roland Kippenhan III
  • Assistant Producer: Steve Matulac
  • Programmers: Richard Karpp, Keith Freiheit, Antony Ignacio
  • Technical Director: Jesse Taylor
  • Game Graphics: Geoffrey Knobel, Rahim Mehra, David Fenderson
  • Music and Sound Composition: Michael Bartlow
  • Sound and Music Driver: Rob Hubbard, Michael Bartlow
  • Manual Art: Alan Okamoto
  • Technical Drawings: Adrian Bourne
  • Product Management: David Bamberger, Rob Sears
  • Art Director: Nancy Waisanen
  • Cover Art: John Berkey[4]
  • Package Design: William Gin
  • Documentation Layout: Robert Gin
  • Testing: Steve Matulac, Gerald Mclane, Mike Wallas
  • Quality Assurance: Hunter Smith, Manny Granillo
  • Cluebook Based on a Story by: T. L. Thompson
  • Documentation: Andrea Smith
Source: US manual[5]

Magazine articles

Main article: Starflight/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

EGM US 027.pdfEGM US 027.pdf

Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #27: "October 1991" (1991-xx-xx)
also published in:

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
91 [8]
90 №25
96 [9]
90 [10]
91 №19, p188
56 №5, p94
79 [11]
94 [12]
90 [13]
62 [3]
83 [14]
82 №18, p67
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
12 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Starflight MD US Cart.jpg
Starflight MD US Manual.pdf
Starflight MD US Poster.pdf
Mega Drive, EU
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Starflight MD US Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, BR
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 d550c928
MD5 b95b8da835e866c90e6c6520def207b2
SHA-1 24252ca934be3f005436cdb85671413a9e6b0489
1MB 1991-09 Cartridge (US/EU) REV00
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 1217dbea
MD5 f7fb96468113cbfc41ed68e31689ac83
SHA-1 41722d8c0b4865ca8044fb53a818b13eded758fc
1MB 1991-10 Cartridge (US/EU) REV01