Spectrum 2.0

Review of 'Ad Astra'

Rating:3 User: The Dean of Games

1984 Gargoyle Games (UK)
by Roy Carter and Greg Follis

Again, you pilot a patrol spaceship throughout deep space, searching for pirates and enemy aliens. Nothing new, you may add, and your right, it's just another run of the mill shoot 'em up with the same plot as 100 other similar games. The game on the other hand, is slightly complex and interesting, for a shmup, that is.
The main bit being the nice 3D effects, which are obviously simple but different from the bunch.
The big sprites limit the action a bit but not by much, and the game functions quite well. If you are into shoot-em-ups, this is definetely worth checking out. Not my favorite but nonetheless a memorable game from 1984.