Stellar Assault

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Stellar Assault
System(s): Sega 32X
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Sound driver: SMPS 68000
Peripherals supported: Six Button Control Pad
Genre: Shooting[1][2]

















Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega 32X
JP
¥7,8007,800 GM-4010
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega 32X
US
$69.9969.99[3] 84509
ESRB: Kids to Adults
Sega 32X
EU
84509-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK
Sega 32X
DE
DM 139.00139.00[7] 84509-50
Sega 32X
UK
£49.9949.99[6] 84509-50
ELSPA: 3+ OK

Stellar Assault (ステラアサルト), known in the United States as Shadow Squadron, is a Sega 32X space combat simulator game developed by Sega CS and published by Sega. First released in Japan in April 1995, it was later localized and brought to the United States and Europe the following June.

In February 1998, the game received an enhanced port to the Sega Saturn courtesy of developer SIMS, Stellar Assault SS.

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.

Development

During development, Stellar Assault was known by the name Bullet Fighters.

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 manual[8]

Magazine articles

Main article: Stellar Assault/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1995-07: "July 1995" (1995-06-08)
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Print advert in Hobby Consolas (ES) #46: "Julio 1995" (1995-xx-xx)

Artwork

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Based on
0 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
CD Consoles (FR)
32
[9]
Consoles + (FR)
70
[10]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
81
[5]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
51
[11]
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
65
[12]
Fusion (US)
67
[13]
GameFan (US) NTSC-U
85
[14]
Game Players (US) NTSC-U
71
[15]
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
75
[3]
MAN!AC (DE) PAL
77
[16]
Mega Fun (DE) PAL
77
[17]
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
80
[6]
Player One (FR)
70
[18]
Sega Power (UK) PAL
87
[19]
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
82
[20]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
73
[21]
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
85
[22]
Top Consoles (FR)
65
[23]
Video Games (DE) PAL
78
[24]
VideoGames (US) NTSC-U
90
[25]
Sega 32X
73
Based on
20 reviews

Stellar Assault

32X, JP
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Cover
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Cart
StellarAssault32XJPManual.pdf
Manual
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
Stellar Assault 32X EU Manual.jpg
Manual
32X, PT

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)
Sega 32X
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1995-03-18 Page
Sega 32X
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1995-03-13 Page
Sega 32X
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1995-03-13 Page
Sega 32X
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1995-03-06 Page
Sega 32X
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1995-03-02 Page
Sega 32X
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1995-02-22 Page
Sega 32X
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1995-02-13 Page
Sega 32X
 ?
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
1995-02-06 Page

References

  1. File:Stellarassault 32x jp frontcover.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://sega.jp/fb/segahard/32x/soft.html (Wayback Machine: 2013-06-19 13:31)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 GamePro, "July 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 48
  4. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "June 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 130
  5. 5.0 5.1 Computer & Video Games, "July 1995" (UK; 1995-06-09), page 68
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Mean Machines Sega, "July 1995" (UK; 1995-05-27), page 74
  7. Games World Magazin, "" (DE; 1995-0x-xx), page 78
  8. File:Shadowsquadron 32x us manual.pdf, page 18
  9. CD Consoles, "Juin 1995" (FR; 1995-xx-xx), page 130
  10. Consoles +, "Juin 1995" (FR; 1995-0x-xx), page 79
  11. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "June 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 36
  12. Famitsu, "1995-06-02" (JP; 1995-05-19), page 1
  13. Fusion, "Volume 1, Number 1: August 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 78
  14. GameFan, "Volume 3, Issue 6: June 1995" (US; 1995-xx-xx), page 16
  15. Game Players, "Vol. 8 No. 7 July 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 40
  16. MAN!AC, "06/95" (DE; 1995-05-10), page 60
  17. Mega Fun, "06/95" (DE; 1995-05-24), page 88
  18. Player One, "Juillet/Août 1995" (FR; 1995-0x-xx), page 115
  19. Sega Power, "August 1995" (UK; 1995-06-15), page 58
  20. Sega Pro, "July 1995" (UK; 1995-06-08), page 56
  21. Sega Saturn Magazine, "June 1995" (JP; 1995-05-08), page 134
  22. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 85
  23. Top Consoles, "Julliet/Août 1995" (FR; 1995-xx-xx), page 106
  24. Video Games, "7/95" (DE; 1995-06-28), page 101
  25. VideoGames, "July 1995" (US; 1995-0x-xx), page 62


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