Title Star Crusader Game Type 3D Combat Sim Players 1 Compatibility AGA Submission Richard Byrne Review Star Crusader is a space combat game in the mould of the Wing Commander series (of which only the first made it to the Amiga, and is used for comparisons). The whole Amiga press slated it at the time, and quite unfairly in my opinion. It is 3D, has heaps of missions, tens of assorted things to shoot, more options and configureability than any of its ilk. The graphics, sound, AI (great wingpersons!) and game play are generally superior to WC, but there are some faults which conspire to rob the game of a good measure of its fun. Firstly, this is a cut-down conversion of a PeeCee game and has a tendency to be unstable, especially right at the end of a mission. Then there is the non-linear plot which clearly isn't - there's one mission where you are offered the opportunity to change sides. This is done by destroying a bomb, you shoot it, you are thanked for your help.... then the mission starts again. Doh! Then there is the dog fighting- against large ships this is fine, but let a fighter get too close and it proceeds to "whoosh" and "swish" and duck and dive around you at such a speed that they are IMPOSSIBLE to shoot at. Soon you get seriously pi**ed at their prancing about and you afterburn away and let the swine have it with ALL your remaining torpedoes, then ram his escape pod, just because they get so aggravating, thus running out of fuel and torpedoes. Grrrrr! The ships don't fly in a straight line either and have a stupid tendency to continually move to the top left of the screen. There is a reasonable mix of missions and learning curve, masses of key presses and combinations. Way more gratifying than WC, but less forgiving, especially against larger ships. You can supplement your forces by crippling enemy ships, tractoring them and taking them back to base, where you can use them yourself later on. Star Crusader isn't great by any means, a 030+RAM sees it playing smoothly, but a forgiving player or genre fan is also requisite.