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Review of Starhawk for the Vectrex

  • By: Richard Moszkowski
  • Date: January 12, 2022
  • Time to read: 2 min.

This game is a fun Vectrex game that was developed in 1983. The Vectrex console had limited graphics capabilities, so the developers of Starhawk created an exciting game with different types of gameplay.

You start out on planet Vectron, and you must retrieve vectors by flying over them while avoiding asteroids, vectors, and other obstacles. There are six levels in this game that increase the difficulty as you progress.

Gameplay

Cinematronics is when two players can play together. They shoot at ships that fly over a planet by aiming the onscreen cursor at them and pressing fire. The game has a timer, which is how long you have to finish. You get points for shooting the ship, but it becomes harder to hit as time goes on.

One ship will fly past the center of the planet below. This is a warning sound. If you hit it quickly, you’ll get 800 points, enlarge your cursor that shot it, and six ships will give double points for every one destroyed. If you don’t destroy the ship soon enough, your score will go down by 800 points.

Controls

The controls in Starhawk are straightforward to use and are easy to pick up. There are only three buttons you need to use: one for shooting, one for moving, and one for jumping. This makes the game very easy to control, even if it is a fast-paced shooter.

Main Menu

  • Choose the number of players–button one
  • Choose a game–buttons two and three
  • Start game–button four

In-Game Controls

  • Position cursor–joystick or D-pad
  • Fire–button four

Scoring

  • Bomber–100 points
  • Missile–200 points
  • Rocket–300 points
  • Starship–500 points
  • Command Ship–800 points

Gameplay Video [Classic Game Room – Starhawk Review for Vectrex]

The gameplay video for the upcoming game, Starhawk, has finally been released to the public. The video showcases many aspects of the game, from the single-player campaign to the multiplayer mode. Fans of the game are sure to be excited for its release, which is scheduled for later this year.

Notes

Is this game called “Starhawk” or “Star Hawk”? The game has different names. When you’re playing it in the arcade, it’s one name, but the title is two words on a Vectrex or emulator.

This game is for the original Vectrex analog controller, not modern ones. If you try to use a new controller on this game, it won’t work.

In 2010, an online version of the game was created. It had a Vectrex port to make it look like the original game. In this version, the player got twice the points when they destroyed the Command Ship.

FAQs about Starhawk

How many levels does Starhawk have?

Starhawk has six levels that increase in difficulty as you progress.

Can I play as two players on one controller?

NO. The VECTREX is a 1 or 2 player game but does not allow simultaneous play on one controller.

How long will it take to beat?

It will take about 2 hours to beat the game.

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