Psycastria (BBC/Electron) -

Psycastria (1986) (BBC/Electron, Cassette) United Kingdom
Publisher: Alternative
Alter World | Alternative | Alto-Tech

Genre: Arcade; Scrolling Shoot-'Em-Up

Cover Art Language(s): English

Machine Compatibility: BBC Model B, BBC Model B+, BBC Master 128, Acorn Electron

Release: Professionally released On Cassette (Side 1


Available For:
Acorn Electron, BBC Model B & Commodore 64

Compatible Emulators: BeebEm (PC (Windows))
Model B Emulator (PC (Windows))
Elkulator 1.0 (PC (Windows))

How To Play

An incredibly fast, overhead, scrolling shooting game.

Game Information

Original Release Date: 1st Oct 1986
Original Release Price: £1.99
Market Valuation: £2.50 (How Is This Calculated?)
Weight Boxed: 64g
Box Type: Cassette Single Plastic Clear
Author(s): Gary Partis  

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What They Said

"I have rarely seen such quality of game design or instant playability." (Read Full Review)
... A&B Computing
"If you enjoy a challenging shoot-'em-up, this game should prove a worthwhile addition to your collection." (Read Full Review)
... Acorn User
"Fans of fast-moving, addictive shoot-'em-ups will be drooling over their keyboards for weeks! Buy this!" (Read Full Review)
... Computer Gamer
"This is a good game on the Beeb, merely because there is nothing to compare it to. However, as the C64 version is plagiarised from Uridium I can see no reason why you should buy this rather than the Hewson game." (Read Full Review)
... Computer Gamer
"Psycastria is a very good arcade game let down by rather difficult play." (Read Full Review)
... Electron User
"Contrary to the inlay card, the game does not support joysticks... Also, when you have lost a life you have to start all over again." (Read Full Review)
... Electron User Group
"Were it not for its excessively difficult gameplay, Psycastria would be a cracking arcade game." (Read Full Review)
... The Micro User

Cover Art

Front Cover
Back Cover

Multiple Versions

This item contains versions for Acorn Electron and BBC Model B.
The screenshots shown are for the Acorn Electron version of the game.

Where To Get It

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A digital version of Psycastria suitable for BeebEm (PC (Windows)), PcBBC (PC (MS-DOS)), Model B Emulator (PC (Windows)), Elkulator 1.0 (PC (Windows))
A digital version of Psycastria suitable for BeebEm (PC (Windows)), PcBBC (PC (MS-DOS)), Model B Emulator (PC (Windows)), Elkulator 1.0 (PC (Windows))
A digital version of Psycastria suitable for BeebEm (PC (Windows)), PcBBC (PC (MS-DOS)), Model B Emulator (PC (Windows)), Elkulator 1.0 (PC (Windows))



The Psycastria have constructed four different types of installation, one on land, one at sea on a giant carrier ship, one on the surface of the moon and the final one in deep space. It is in these installations that they store their energy supplies in circular pods. You, now endowed with the skill and cunning of the famous Boggles, are in charge of a highly manouvreable craft capable of stunning mid-air changes of direction. Using just your basic astro cannons, you must attack each installation in turn, avoiding the high buildings that stand up from the surface. However, the Psycastria will put up a strong defence with their bizarre shaped fighters. You can cause as much damage as you like to the installations, but your main aim to destroy the ten cicrcular energy pods then land on the main landing strip, signified by the leading arrows on the left hand end of the strip. Once you have landed, there is a sub-game in which you can try for a bonus by destroying aliens that fly across the screen. When that is over, you can take off for the next screen.

You start with three lives and get an extra one for every 30,000 points, and your points score determines your eventual rank (10 levels from Novice upwards).

The game starts as soon as you press 1-4 for the number of players.

Game Controls

Z - Left, X - Right, : - Up, / - Down, RETURN - Fire
Cursor Down/Cursor Up - Pause/Restart, While In Pause Mode: S - Sound, 0 - Force Demo

Psycastria is Item ID 256 in our database. Last modified on Monday 18th November 2019 at 10:11:40 AM.

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