Help me identify this videogame
September 23, 2012 4:45 PM   Subscribe

Help me identify an old videogame. ~1990, combat between different spaceship types, with gravity, momentum and orbital physics.

I played this game on a VGA PC, probably around 1989 or 1990. It had 6 or 7 different spacecraft models to choose from, each with completely different shapes, weaponry, defense and movement. Two players could play against each other, or you could play against the computer. The combat took place in the gravity well of a sun or planet, so while you were maneuvering, you were also orbiting and having to avoid crashing into the planet. The name was something quite generic -- "Starcraft" is what pops into my head, but that's of course an entirely different, later game.
posted by snarfois to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Star Control, I bet.
posted by Perplexity at 4:50 PM on September 23, 2012 [2 favorites]

Probably Star Control I or II. If not, then some other descendant of Spacewar!

The Ur-Quan Masters is an open source port of the Star Control 2 code.
posted by b1tr0t at 5:14 PM on September 23, 2012

Space Fury?
posted by greasepig at 10:17 PM on September 23, 2012

3rding Star Control I or II. Here's a screenshot of the game's combat.
posted by zsazsa at 11:22 PM on September 23, 2012

Star Control I -- thanks all!
posted by snarfois at 1:32 AM on September 24, 2012

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