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DOS - 1986

Also available on: Amiga - Mac - Commodore 64

Released in
United States
Role-Playing (RPG), Simulation
Real-Time, Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Electronic Arts, Inc.
Binary Systems
Dosbox support
Supported on 0.63
4.45 / 5 - 31 votes

Description of StarFlight

One of a handful of games that spawned a whole new genre, Starflight is arguably THE best space adventure game ever made.

Despite the (initially) lackluster plot (gather a crew and equip a ship to explore the unknown galaxy-- in true Star Trek fashion), Starflight introduces numerous features that set new standards for subsequent space epics (such as the better known and better sold Star Control 2): real-time play, awe-inspiring hundreds of galaxies (each with several planets), and many alien races (each with its unique language and culture).

Although the game has an overarching plot (involving a sinister scheme you must expose), the sheer number of things you can do and star systems you can explore makes it incredibly open-ended. You can barter with alien races, mine planets for artifacts, improve skills of your crew, survive frantic space combats, and marvel at fractal surfaces that make each planet seem unique (watching your craft land gently on a planet is one of the most memorable moments of my entire gaming career).

The scope of the game, and the elegance with which it is conveyed, makes Starflight the closest computer games ever come to what an actual space exploration must feel like. Every facet of the game, from the great gameplay, user interface, and graphics, is so polished that what little flaws there are (such as the fact that artifacts are a bit difficult to figure out) aren't even worth mentioning.

Last but not least, the ending sequence is one of the most impressive and appropriate I've ever seen in a game.

From the start to finish, Starflight is one very well designed, well polished, and incredibly addictive game you'll play over and over again just to appreciate the amount of man-hours and love Binary Systems had put into the game. Starflight is that rare game that truly stands the test of time, and still attracts a large following more than a decade after its initial release. If you want to play only ONE space adventure ever, this is it.

Note: True Spaceflight fans should check out its sequel, as well as Protostar -- the true Starflight 3 that wasn't allowed to use the name.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Johnny 2016-10-04 0 point DOS version

How do you down load the Star Code Chart so you can leave the space station?

Jadzu 2016-07-02 0 point DOS version

I spent untold hours just trying to make a living as a beat up space miner, pirate and explorer. Love this game and now my children are hooked and ask that I play every evening after work.

Kurt 2016-01-14 0 point DOS version

This game modifies itself as you play. So if you screw something up, delete it and re-download it. No joke.

Never play with your original copy.

coll754 2015-03-29 1 point DOS version

you should check out outer empires, i loved starflight and this is the online mmo i have found that reminds me of starflight, not many players, its in beta, graphics are only 2d but the gamplay for me is excellent!

Maetel la Metalle 2015-01-08 1 point DOS version

The description barely scratches the surface of how incredible 'Starflight' was---and still is today: nothing else has ever come close.

gwapoguy 2014-12-14 0 point DOS version

Hi! I have an original manual and decoder wheel for Star Flight.
You can email me at

guest 2014-05-23 0 point DOS version

wow i loved this game when it first came out i used to play the heck out of it

Bobo 2014-05-17 -1 point DOS version

cant get it to work! it goes to the main title screen then it says something about game not being saved then it just exits??? please any help would be GREAT! im hanging to play this!!!

BasilFawlty1972 2014-03-23 0 point DOS version

I can get it to run, but it says there is a load game in progress and but not saved and then it boots me....any ideas?

Aanaxis 2013-12-27 0 point DOS version

Beautiful! Starflight was the game that started it all for me. What memories!

Jester 2013-12-24 1 point DOS version

I was there, where were you? Borno.

RNPforever 2013-05-28 0 point DOS version

i looked at Scott Manley's videos about this game and it seems pretty cool

Vryus 2013-05-16 0 point DOS version

I played this game with a friend in the basement for HOURS when it first came out. We played this game to death. We plotted routes on the starmap, calculated fuel and explored the wildlife on planets. We even had several incredibly intense hours moving through nebulas and watching the motion detection warnings as we tried to outrun the Uhlek. Amazing game. I still play it every so often today.

The 'hint book' that was published is a great read, especially the end.

Phil 2013-04-12 0 point DOS version

Is there any way around the code prompt to undock?

GnomeLeveler 2008-04-23 0 point DOS version

I played this with my friend for an entire summer back when it first came out. We hardly saw daylight for days at a time. And that's quite extraordinary for a game of that era - it offered an order of magnitude longer gameplay than anything else. The universe literally seemed as big as "the universe". I didn't pay attention to the plot, choosing instead to just trick-out my ship and try to blow up other people as much as possible. Later, I discovered the plot, and it is INTENSE. We're talking Kaiser Sose kind of intense. I highly recommend this game!

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