Saturday, March 5, 2022
Publisher:First Star Software
Developer:First Star Software
Today's title is apparently from one of those people who were probably famous back in the day. Developer Fernando Herrera started his developing career earning something called an "Atari Star", making an educational game. This isn't his first shooter, but the first one that is would fail my 10-point test, so instead we have Astro Chase. By all accounts it was a popular game. Starting life on the Atari 8-bit computer family, Astro Chase would get ported to the console equivalent and to arcades. Which is an interesting thing to see. But as 1982 has ended up being, this rarely ends positively. I'll be playing the C64 version, because that's the one I can run.
Generic gun. 1/10
The usual array of enemy types, shooting enemy, chasing enemy and objective enemy. The ones that aren't objectives are hard to pick out from each other. 1/10
One preset grouping of planets. Don't really know how you could make that look interesting at this point in time. 0/10
Absolutely abysmal. 0/10
Some parts of the game look really nice, others look straight out of an Atari 2600 game. 1/10
Save the Earth from aliens or something. 0/10
I'm not going to want to hear the 1812 Overture for a while. Its practically PC speaker level. We do get sound effects though, even if they're blips and bloops. 1/10
That's 4. Been a while since there's been a game that low.
Herrera would later be responsible for the Spy vs. Spy games, which I remember being fun, but sadly will not be covered on this blog, since it isn't a shooter. After those games he would become a serious business programmer for AT&T. First Star Software, however, will come up again, at least for Astro Chase 3D in 1994.