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Lesson number three: Always trust Centauri.
January 24, 2012 5:42 PM   Subscribe

Greetings, Starfighter! You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the Frontier against Xur and the Ko-dan Armada.

Not to be confused with the NES game, which is just a reskinned Uridium.

You'll (probably) need to track down d3drm.dll and toss that in your install directory to get the game to run. Make sure to check the readme file for instructions. And here's a soundtrack for you; it's no musical (previously) but maybe it'll do.
posted by curious nu (40 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite

 
Given the mention of a .dll file, I'm guessing this is Windows only.

It's a shame. The Last Starfighter is a truly great movie which I saw repeatedly in the theater when it came out and continue to enjoy on a regular basis. If it's a game which is truly based on the game in the movie, that would be a joyous thing.
posted by hippybear at 5:44 PM on January 24, 2012 [2 favorites]


I haven't tried running it in WINE yet, but I believe this was released in 2007-ish so unless it's doing some severely weird stuff, it's probably doable on any modern machine.
posted by curious nu at 5:46 PM on January 24, 2012


I had that NES game when I was a kid, it was the most stupid hard game I've ever played.
posted by furiousxgeorge at 5:52 PM on January 24, 2012


As a dedicated Babylon 5 fan, I would NEVER trust a Centauri. (Except maybe Vir, but I'd still make sure I'd never catch him waving at me)
posted by oneswellfoop at 5:55 PM on January 24, 2012 [3 favorites]


That doesn't look like a very good game, but as an idea it's way, way up there.

When I was a kid I read a lot more than I saw movies, and I read the novelization of this a few times. I loved it. I still haven't seen the movie, because I don't think it can live up to what I saw in my head when I was 10.
posted by Huck500 at 5:58 PM on January 24, 2012


Huck500: "I still haven't seen the movie, because I don't think it can live up to what I saw in my head when I was 10."

I read the novelization at that age, before seeing the movie, and the movie does live up to what you saw in your head. At least, I thought it did when I was ten.
posted by namewithoutwords at 6:02 PM on January 24, 2012


> I had that NES game when I was a kid, it was the most stupid hard game I've ever played.

Uridium was like that, yes. It was the sort of game that you knew one kid in the neighbourhood, the one that kinda smelled bad and had weird parents, but you'd go round his house just to watch him play Uridium. Poetry.
posted by scruss at 6:05 PM on January 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yeah, the movie is pretty excellent. Robert Preston's presence truly pushes it to the levels you want it to be at.
posted by hippybear at 6:07 PM on January 24, 2012


Wait, all that work and for a win32 exe, rather than a MAME rom ?

(Granted, I can see where a win32 exe is much easier to develop, but ... )
posted by k5.user at 6:11 PM on January 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


OK, it's on my queue.
posted by Huck500 at 6:39 PM on January 24, 2012


Back to sleep, Louis, or I'm telling Mom about your Playboys!
posted by infinitewindow at 6:44 PM on January 24, 2012 [6 favorites]


Man, I was the perfect age and loved that movie. Why yes, my video game skills were going to get me selected by a group of friendly aliens, lifted out of my humdrum life, and elevated to be a hero! Yes, I am Harry Potter! Er, um, Alex Rogan!

Remember, Death Blossom delivers only one massive volley at close range... theoretically.
posted by Nelson at 6:45 PM on January 24, 2012 [11 favorites]


The amusing thing about this, it's all a big mistake. That particular Starfighter game was supposed to be delivered to Vegas, not some fleaspeck trailer park in the middle of tumbleweeds and tarantulas.
posted by Metro Gnome at 6:52 PM on January 24, 2012 [2 favorites]


When I was 10, the Last Starfighter was everything I wanted my life to be. That and Buckaroo Banzai. Man, Buckaroo Banzai in a Gunstar. Fucking A.
posted by adamdschneider at 6:56 PM on January 24, 2012 [11 favorites]


namewithoutwords: "I read the novelization at that age, before seeing the movie,"

Alan Dean Foster represent!
posted by Chrysostom at 6:59 PM on January 24, 2012 [3 favorites]


Who's Galoka?
posted by Guernsey Halleck at 7:17 PM on January 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


Back to sleep, Louis, or I'm telling Mom about your Playboys!

Diarrhea!
posted by 23skidoo at 7:22 PM on January 24, 2012


I'm old enough to have been awed by Robert Preston's "Chicken Fat" song and his presence in "Starfighter" singlehandedly made that movie.
posted by oneswellfoop at 7:30 PM on January 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


Remember, Death Blossom delivers only one massive volley at close range... theoretically.


Favorited so hard.
posted by Hypnotic Chick at 7:32 PM on January 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


Teriffic. I'm about to get killed a million miles from nowhere with a gung-ho iguana who tells me to relax.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 8:16 PM on January 24, 2012 [3 favorites]


Don't be dissing Uridium! That's an Andrew Braybrook game!

/Googles up Wikipedia link, reads down to what is perhaps the saddest sentence ever.
posted by Artw at 8:50 PM on January 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


The list of movies left to show my wife is getting pretty short, for some reason TLS is still on it, must fix that this week!
posted by Cosine at 9:39 PM on January 24, 2012


CGI without texturing. Those were the days.
posted by Foosnark at 9:54 PM on January 24, 2012


Also not to be confused with Namco's StarBlade which had a very Last Starfighter feel (and swallowed many many of my tokens when I was a kid)
posted by caliban at 10:11 PM on January 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


I've thought for several years now that the movie was ripe for a remake.
But then I think about how the likely result would be a Michael Bay money-shot POS and hope no one ever decides to do such a thing.
posted by nickthetourist at 10:16 PM on January 24, 2012 [1 favorite]


Anyone remember Warhead?
posted by Artw at 10:18 PM on January 24, 2012


Aiiie! Meson torpedo!
posted by Artw at 10:22 PM on January 24, 2012


I have half a recollection of a Last Starfighter game on the 8-bit Atari when I was much younger - I particularly remember an opening animation of the ship taking off... but Wikipedia suggests that I must have been playing a pirate copy of Star Raiders II, oops.
posted by Chunder at 12:08 AM on January 25, 2012


Pirated prototype, perhaps. Contrasting TLS with Star Raiders II is a pretty fascinating exercise -- seeing what was changed and what wasn't in order to bring it more in line with the (albeit somewhat thin) Star Raiders mythos.

Has there been a Star Raiders post yet? No? For shame!
posted by lumensimus at 12:29 AM on January 25, 2012


That particular Starfighter game was supposed to be delivered to Vegas, not some fleaspeck trailer park in the middle of tumbleweeds and tarantulas.

A mobile cave that never went anywhere. Fascinating.
posted by ActingTheGoat at 12:41 AM on January 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


We're locked into the moon's gravitational pull! What do we do?
posted by lumensimus at 12:54 AM on January 25, 2012


That doesn't look like a very good game

o_O
posted by obiwanwasabi at 12:55 AM on January 25, 2012


Also not to be confused with Namco's StarBlade which had a very Last Starfighter feel

See also Vectorbeam's "Tail Gunner" from the 70s.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 6:42 AM on January 25, 2012


When I was 10, the Last Starfighter was everything I wanted my life to be. That and Buckaroo Banzai. Man, Buckaroo Banzai in a Gunstar. Fucking A.

Then you might like this semi-related post.
posted by euphorb at 8:10 AM on January 25, 2012


We're locked into the moon's gravitational pull! What do we do?

*zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz-click* We die.
posted by Fleebnork at 8:32 AM on January 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


One starfighter against the entire armada?? It'll be a slaughter!
posted by sharkitect at 10:50 AM on January 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


That's the spirit!
posted by k5.user at 11:09 AM on January 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


WARNING! WARNING! TOTAL DORK DETECTED!

Hey, whaddya mean STARFIGHTER.EXE already exists? Sure, overwrite it!
posted by Samizdata at 12:52 PM on January 25, 2012



Oh Metafilter. You're my Juliet. My Venus. All the other websites meant nothing to me. It was you. You. You.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 1:17 PM on January 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


No, *my* slaughter!
posted by Mitheral at 7:47 PM on February 1, 2012


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