The crew of Binary Systems... developers of what is still seen by some
to be the greatest space adventure game ever devised. At least four of the original five now
volunteer their time as consultants to the SF III project.
This is what Starflight looked like in the stores. This particular packaging was used for
the PC version. Starflight was also released for the Amiga, the Commodor 64, the Atari ST,
the Mac, and the Sega Genesis! Since then, people have continued to enjoy this game on modern PC's by using programs that slow down their processors (e.g. Slowmo) and/or emulate DOS (e.g. Dosemu for Linux).
This is the title screen in Starflight II. Boy, you knew you were in for a treat when you
heard the PC-speaker sound effects that went along with it. Speaking of sound effects, if
your browser is capable of background music, you may be already hearing the pc-speaker
theme song from Starflight I (it loads at the end of the page)! Sorry about the crappy
quality... had to keep it small. Speaking of title screens, go
here to see some 're-vamped' Starflight 1 title screens done by fan Nathan Ostgard.
Screen shots from the respective starports of Starflight and
Starflight II. The former was only playable with a CGA or Monochrome card (no kidding...
you need a special TSR to play the old version with a VGA card... see 'staremu.zip'
The Starflight II map. This copy protection scheme was even useful in the game... how often does that happen? Kevin Coyle has provided this map in .bmp format (74k) for everybody to use.
The Starflight III project have had an army of volunteers survey the Starflight I and II universes and with the results have produced a highly detailed, interactive map available on the web here. Read more below about the Starflight III project.
Can you believe both games came on 5.25" disks? In fact, the whole SF1 universe fit on to two 360K disks! We are not worthy!
If all those sleepless nights didn't work and you never did finish Starflight or
Starflight II, try downloading the walkthrough! (Walkthrough?! F@!#! I could have used
that a couple years ago!) The following list contains not only walkthroughs, but
also hint files (if you want just a teeny bit of help), bug fixes and cracks. Some
of them contain slightly inaccurate information, but I have kept them as they are out of
respect for the authors.
starfrac.txt - List of races you encounter in Starflight and
how to deal with them.
starfsol.txt - The quick and dirty list of things that need
to be accomplished to finish Starflight.
S1mapgen.zip Generates a customizable map for Starflight I.
The program is fully configurable by editing a .CFG file. Thank you Dave Sheldon.
uhlekill.zip - Cheat program for Starflight giving you fully
trained humans, class 7 everything, and mucho endurium and cash.
starfpat.txt - Instructions on how to (manually) patch
Starflight to work on EGA.
staremu.zip - A TSR enabling Starflight I to be played on a
VGA card in 16 color! Big thanx to the author, Jouko Orava! Send him copious amounts of
money. (This will only be needed for the real old version... games purchased since 1990
have this bug fixed).
stargrab.zip - Same as above, but now with screen capture
Cgaemu.zip - Another screen emulator. This one gives the
original four-colour cga splendor back to the game, thanks to Dean Beeler.
sfwheel.zip - TSR to put in the Sarflight I code off the
codewheel for you.
Starcode.zip - A snazzy windows version to compute the
codewheel code for you.
As can be seen by some of the comments in the userlog, it's a bit difficult to find
vintage copies of Starflight or Starflight II if you want to buy them. Try searching
the Ebay auction site for copies of starflight. If that seems too hard, just
visit other sites in the following links section. While you'll come across
downloadable versions, you just won't get the great box, manuals and maps that came with
the store-bought copies.
The saga continues! Other fanatics have started putting up their own Starflight fan
pages. Here are a couple (mail me if you have one):
Starflt.com Very comprehensive list of spoilers, technical notes, and mods of the original game. Also, scanned copies of original manuals, cluebooks, etc. MASSIVE amounts of Starflight information!
MobyGames Fairly comprehensive review of SF 1
& 2 as well as a plethora of other classics. Excellent SF trivia section.
Starflight Command an online database of races, artifacts, etc found in the Starflight series.
Starflight III Wiki
a good amount of information about the first two games and the possible third game is contained here. Also you can find details about:
The Starflight Role-Playing Game.
Starflight: Total Brawl, the Starflight pen-and-paper starship combat simulator.
Since starflight inspired a good number of people's interest in computer gaming, it is
not surprising that it has driven some to create computer games of their own. Here
are some Starflight-inspired software projects currently under development:
Starflight3.org is the headquarters for the Starflight III project originally started by Adam Schillinger. Four of SF's original designers once acted as consultants for this endeavor. Unfortunately, development seems to have stalled.
Starflight: The Lost Colony, another fan-based sequal and composed of a team of former and current students from the University of Advancing Technology.