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Starhawk was the first arcade game ever released to be based on the film Star Wars. This game literally came out right after the movie. This was an unlicensed translation, but the Tie Fighters and the Death Star inspired background are obvious. This was only the second or third game in history to use an X-Y monitor, and it had graphics that were above and beyond anything else that was available in 1977. This game was programmed by Tim Skelly, and he did the entire game on paper using opcodes, as the development tools for the platform had not been written yet. Supposedly his code worked the first time too!

Starhawk is a timed game where you are in a spaceship blasting Tie Fighters, um, I mean enemy spacecraft. Below you is an ever moving landscape that looks like the surface of a mechanical planet, just imagine the Death Star with a big trench in it. All you have to do is move your crosshairs around the screen and shoot everything in sight. You can change the speed of your crosshairs by pressing one of three speed buttons on the control panel. The game is time based, and if you zap enough enemies than the game continues. A really good player can pretty much play this game until her arm falls off. There is one target of note though, there is a ship that appears from time to time that looks different than the rest of them. If you miss this ship then you will lose 800 points, or if you hit it you will gain 800 points. So don't miss that one.

source = Starhawk article on, by Passport.


    Star Hawk (1982) for the Vectrex


let's start!

yeah, one down!

wow, a tie fighter passing by!

this ship will try to steal you 800 points

but I destroyed it before he could steal my points!


arcade cabinet

control panel

 Wikipedia - Wikipedia article about Star Hawk videogame
 detailed info on Killer List of Video Games
 detailed info on
 detailed info on The Arcade Flyer Archive

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year of release 1977
companies Cinematronics
type game
media arcade cabinet
systems Arcade
number of players 1 - 2 players (cooperative)
staff Tim Skelly
tags 3d, shoot them up, space, star wars, vector graphics

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