Destination Earthstar (NES)

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Destination Earthstar
Destination Earthstar - NES - USA.jpg
Platform: NES
Year: 1990
Developer: Imagineering Inc.
Buy: Amazon

Destination Earthstar is a combination between a space flight simulator and a scrolling shooter. In flight-sim mode, you pilot your spaceship through sectors in space, engaging enemy ships and blasting them away. You can also dock at planets and refill you weapons and energy. The controls are a little unusual, but they are explained in the opening demo. Once you've killed all of the ships you dock at the main base and enter scrolling shooter mode which is simpler to control, but harder to beat.

As one of the few space flight simulators for the NES, Destination Earthstar certainly has a novel appeal, and once you get used to the controls it's a pretty fun game. However, mixing genres is always a difficult task, and the indecision between flight-sim and scrolling shooter makes the game feel like neither side was given enough attention.


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The title screen.

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Zipping around space in one of the flight sim levels.

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There are only two songs throughout the entire game, one played during flight-sim mode, the other played during scrolling shooter mode. Neither is impressive, but they're not bad either. However, hearing the same two tunes for the duration of the game starts to get on your nerves.


# Title Composer Length Listen Download
01 Space Battle Mark Van Hecke 1:28
02 Base Attack Mark Van Hecke 2:31


(Sources: 1, 2, Manual)

The only real difference between the game and manual credits is that Alex DeMeo is credited for just audio in the manual, and audio director in the game.

Game Rip






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Destination Earthstar - NES - USA.jpg
Title: Destination Earthstar
Platform: NES
Released: 1990-02-??
Publisher: Acclaim Entertainment, Inc.