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Stellar Assault
System(s): Sega 32X
Publisher:
Developer:
Sound driver: SMPS 68000
Peripherals supported: Six Button Control Pad
Genre: Shooting































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega 32X
JP
¥7,800 GM-4010
Sega 32X
US
$69.99[1] 84509
Sega 32X
UK
£49.99[2] 84509-50
Sega 32X
FR
?F 84509-50
Sega 32X
DE
DM 139,-[4] 84509-50
Sega 32X
ES
?Ptas 84509-50



Stellar Assault (ステラアサルト), is a first person space ship shoot-'em-up game developed and published by Sega for the Sega 32X in 1995. In North America it is known as Shadow Squadron, and during development it was known as Bullet Fighters.

In 1998, a Japan-only sequel, Stellar Assault SS, was released for the Sega Saturn.

Gameplay

The aim of Stellar Assault is to fly around one of six sectors, destroying large ships before progressing to the next sector. With the exception of some graphical effects such as explosions, the world is rendered entirely as flat-shaded 3D polygons, very similar to the earlier Star Wars Arcade, though more open-ended. It is also one of only a few games to use every button on the six button control pad, including Mode.

The game averages at around a 20FPS refresh rate, although palette cycling occurs at 60FPS. Some of the performance gains (and the use of a wider colour palette than most 32X titles) can be attributed to Stellar Assault's decision to use a 288x224 screen resolution (with extra borders).

Space ships

StellarAssault 32X Feather1.png Feather 1
The Feather 1 is a smaller ship which is weaker, but easier to maneuver.
StellarAssault 32X Feather2.png Feather 2
The Feather 2 is a stronger fighter craft, both attack and defense-wise, though it's harder to maneuver.

Missions

  • Mission 1 - Graduation Day: Destroy both large ships and all enemy fighters.
  • Mission 2 - No Admittance: Destroy the three large ships and the warp gate in the center of the sector.
  • Mission 3 - Dodge 'Em: Set in an asteroid field. Destroy two large ships, small "booster" ships and all enemy fighters.
  • Mission 4 - Armada: Destroy all ten large ships.
  • Mission 5 - Ganeluza Grandslam: Destroy the two large ships and the massive ship.
  • Mission 6 - G.L. Cannon: Destroy the machine in the center of the sector.

Versions

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Stellar Assault Stellar Assault
English (US) Shadow Squadron Shadow Squadron
Japanese ステラアサルト Stellar Assault

Production credits

Source: In-game credits


Source: US manualMedia:Shadowsquadron 32x us manual.pdf[5]


Magazine articles

Main article: Stellar Assault/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

SSM JP 19950701 1995-07.pdfSSM JP 19950701 1995-07.pdf

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Print advert in (JP)No results # ()

Artwork

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
85 №, p83[6]
32 №8, p130-133[7]
70 №44, p79
81 №164, p68/69[3]
51
65 №337, p32
67 №0101, p78[8]
85
71
77
77 №6/95, p88[9]
80 №33, p74/75[2]
70 №55, p113[10]
87 №69, p58-60
82 №47, p56/57
73 №1995-06, p132[11]
65 №4, p106-108[12]
90
Sega 32X
73
Based on
18 reviews

32X, US
StellarAssault 32X US Box Back.jpgStellarAssault 32X US Box Front.jpg
Cover
StellarAssault 32X US Cart.jpg
Cart
Shadowsquadron 32x us manual.pdf
Manual
32X, EU
StellarAssault 32X EU Box Back.jpgStellarAssault 32X EU Box Spine.jpgStellarAssault 32X EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
StellarAssault 32X EU Cart.jpg
Cart
32X, JP
Stellarassault 32x jp backcover.jpgStellarAssault MD JP BoxSpine.jpgStellarassault 32x jp frontcover.jpg
Cover
StellarAssault MD JP CartTop.jpg
StellarAssault 32X JP Cart Back.jpgStellar Assault 32X JP cart.jpg
Cart
StellarAssault32XJPManual.pdf
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega 32X
CRC32 60C49E4D
MD5 1415A8675ADF3E8647B3DF673B50056D
SHA-1 561C8C63DBCABC0B1B6F31673CA75A0BDE7ABC72
2MB Cartridge (EU/US)
Sega 32X
CRC32 FCE4C8C7
MD5 5F6C601DCECCA937B6F2C2161E4566FE
SHA-1 FF4F1A2DDED85F3AD43BF28A85C46AD8595D5614
2MB Cartridge (JP)

References


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