Think Starglider, the flight sim series that gave rise to Star Fox

Think Starglider, the flight sim series that gave rise to Star Fox

From 2010 to 2014 Richard Cobbett wrote Crapshoot, a column about rolling the dice to bring random games back to light. This week, the Egrons invade Noveria in wireframe starships, and that’s all you need…though not all the plot there is.

I’ve never been able to figure out why flying too low in space kept damaging my ship. Turns out I was flying over a planet the whole time. In hindsight, I probably should have read the manual.

Okay, so when I SAY it, it seems so obvious...

Okay, so when I SAY it, it seems so obvious…

Starglider came out in 1986 and was one of the first games I remember. I was old enough not to be confused by the difference between ‘planet’ and ‘no planet’, but there you go. I once watched an entire episode of Captain Planet without realizing that the TV was off. (It improved the plot a lot, and I’m pretty sure the energy saver saved a whole bunch.)