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  • genre rpg / adventure / sci-fi
  • download size 48 MB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 301 user ratings.
  • release date January 1, 1986
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (10.6.8 or newer)
  • languages English
  • developer / publisher Binary Systems / Electronic Arts
  • game modes single-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • 2 manuals
  • 2 cluebooks
  • 2 maps
  • quick start guide
  • starcodes

What's cool about it:

  • A milestone in the history of space opera adventure, the elements of which are used in games to this day.
  • Wonderful story with absolutely non-linear gameplay and an entire galaxy to explore.
  • Unique alien races, each with its own individual (and sometimes comical) personality, behavior, and values.


In Starflight 1 you embark on a mission to save the galaxy’s future by discovering the secrets of its past. With over 800 unique planets in 270 systems to explore, you never know what might lurk behind the next star. Each newly explored system might lead to a powerful artifact, a mysterious alien race, or another piece of the puzzle that will unravel the ultimate mystery. And that's the really great thing about this game: the feeling of exploration and fulfilling that deep human need that drives us towards the unknown.

Starflight 2 keeps all the great gameplay of its predecessor, but makes everything bigger and better. Many aspects of the game were vastly enhanced: the game’s diplomacy, the size of the galaxy, and the number of alien races you can interact with are all improved the second time out. The gameplay—if not the graphics—are reminiscent of another classic game in our catalog where you wander around the galaxy exploring stars and chatting with humorous aliens who want to control the galaxy. The plot starts you out in a standard science fiction mode, but it builds to a fascinating and satisfying climax at the end. Basically, if you enjoyed Starflight 1, the sequel will be right up your alley.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.6.8 or later. Processor: Intel Core Duo 2GHz+, Memory: 1GB of RAM, Graphics: 64MB of video memory Recommended, two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.


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Exploring the galaxy

Posted on 2011-11-24 07:51:23 bytrusteft's avatartrusteft:

I still remember the first time I encountered Starflight on the Atari ST. Out of nowhere (and a fan of Star Trek) I was in charge of an upgradable spaceship and RPG like crew (can be anything from aliens to androids to humans), set to explore the galaxy, find new worlds and new civilizations, kill them, or talk to them and make a good profit, where no man has gone before. Veryread more atmospheric game and at times for me the game was even more than the Elite series. I was there in unexplored space, trying to locate good enough planets for colonization while trying to save my home world (the relocated home planet of humans), while trying to find info about the ancient past and seeing what can be done about the future of humanity. Landing on strange new worlds, mining them or locating alien life forms and ancient ruins. Traveling between star systems at incredible speeds while choosing how to interact with alien species found out there. Some of them friendly, some of them hostile, all of them weird. Traveling and fighting is done in an almost real time format which never gets in the way or feels too fast. Just remember, when you get into a fight, RAISE SHIELDS, and before you try to land on a planet that the planet will not squash you due to extreme gravity! The game might not look like much today in the graphics department, but it was just right back then and I strongly suggest you buy it if you like sci-fi. If you ever felt like commanding your own spaceship with dedicated officers ala Star Trek, you will enjoy this. Starflight 1 is the game I played for many hours and I don't remember finishing!
I have barely played Starflight 2, so I can't honestly comment on that, but the little I did I find more of the same goodness, but more improved. My review is for the first game.

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A true gem of a game

Posted on 2011-11-24 07:31:06 byjosiebarrett's avatarjosiebarrett:

Possibly the only game I ever played where even the copy protection mechanism was entertaining. The game relied on your entering a game code to "validate" your installation. It would initially let you play even if you entered the wrong value a time or two, but eventually your in-game ship would be pulled over by some sort of galactic space cops, and you needed to giveread more them the correct answer or bad things would happen.
My girl friend and I used to both play this all the time, back in the day. It had a lot of humor in the interaction with alien races, but it was a pretty neat game in general, with both strategy and role-playing elements. I'm not sure how well it'll play in this day for someone who's never heard of it, but it has a lot of nostalgia value for me, so I'm sure I'll enjoy playing around with it again.

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Prelude to Mass Effect

Posted on 2011-11-24 07:21:43 bywiggmortem's avatarwiggmortem:

This is an immense, unique and ambitious game from dedicated devs back in the day.
There is a story here, but largely this is an open galaxy in which to trawl through. Interact with aliens with varied morals. Discover loot, trade it for cash to hire and upgrade your crew and to upgrade your ship. The randomly generated terrain of most planets is a side effect of the limitationsread more of memory on discs when this came out but in Starflight they've spun it into a feature.
All the planet scanning, mineral collecting, galactic exploration you see here became the basis for similar concepts in many space games not the least of which is Mass Effect.
With the only downside being the cumbersome UI and other relics of old design, this is a grand game of space exploration.

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