|Cover Art Language:||English|
|Machine Compatibility:||BBC Model B|
|Release:||Professionally released on Cassette|
|Available For:||BBC Model B|
|Compatible Emulators:||BeebEm (PC (Windows))|
PcBBC (PC (MS-DOS))
Model B Emulator (PC (Windows))
|Original Release Date:||29th February 1984|
|Original Release Price:||Unknown|
|Market Valuation:||£2.50 (How Is This Calculated?)|
|Box Type:||Cassette Single Plastic Clear|
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A winning technique is easily mastered, and once the computer is taken to the solar system, there is no point in playing the game again in my view, except possibly to improve your score. Read Review
Slow and boring with hardly any variation - the process is the same for each planet. Read Review
An acceptable idea, but fails to exploit the graphic potential of the BBC. Read Review
Moving the cursor you select a planet, conquer it, exploit it and move on to another. Rather dull. Read Review
You are in command of an Exploration Starship. Your mission, to explore and trade in five star systems. The Empire is at "Advanced" level of intelligence. It needs the resources of the Ultimate Computer. This can be obtained from the only "super race" in existence. Your aim is to obtain it and get it to Sol.
The screen will provide you with all the information you require. It is divided into five sections.
Section 1 (Top Left)
This is either your "star display" or your "planet display".
The "star display" shows the five star systems, the solar system and you, represented by a square.
The "planet display" shows the planets, the Star of the system and you, represented by a square.
Section 2 (Top right)
Time, status (e.g. warp drive) and continually used items (e.g. fuel).
To survive, you must keep collecting these from planets which have them.
Section 3 (Middle)
This is the message section which gives you messages when appropriate.
Section 4 (Bottom left)
This is your Cargo inventory. These can be either trade or minings. These will become clear as you play. "Super Comp" is ultimate computer.
Section 5 (Bottom right)
This will display planet data when appropriate (e.g. when in orbit)
"Temp" is short for Temperature.
"Atmos" is short for Atmosphere.
"Pop.Type" is short for Population Type.
On both Section 1 displays, you can move around using the cursor keys.
You can move into a star system (planet display) from a star display by pressing V (to Visit).
You can move from a star system (planet display) to a star display by pressing L (to Leave).
When in "planet display", you can orbit the planet underneath your square by pressing O.
It is necessary to orbit to trade, mine (for fuel, etc) and to obtain water, food and air.
Orbiting also increases your score as this is counter as surveying. It is the only way to meet people.
Once a mining unit is started on a planet, it requires at least one orbit before recovery.
Mining units can be left on planets and recovered on a subsequent visit.
When not in orbit, you can request data relating to the area underneath the square by pressing D.
Star Data will be displayed in the message area. Planet Data will be displayed in the bottom-right section.
When in "star display" mode, you can quit by pressing Q. This will offer the following:
When not in orbit, you can request your score by pressing S. Score is based on surveying, cargo, etc.
As a member of the Solaric Empire it is your duty to get others to join, either as members or subjects.
Since this is a game of exploration as well as trade, I shall leave you to discover the rest...
Cursor Keys - Movement
V - Visit, L - Leave, O - Orbit, D - Data, Q - Quit, S - Score
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