Pete Davison - 15/05/2022
"This isn't Star Raiders!"
No it isn't. But Star Raiders still exists, so go play that if you like Star Raiders. Or indeed, the other Star Raiders II prototype that is out there which is much closer to the original.
"This isn't a true sequel to Star Raiders!"
Maybe not, but Solaris on Atari 2600 exists. Go play that if you want a "true" sequel to Star Raiders, by the original developer, no less.
What this *is*, is an enjoyable space combat game with some enjoyable mechanics, some impressive graphical effects and a fun lightweight strategic element.
Whether or not it's called "Star Raiders" (or "The Last Starfighter", for that matter) doesn't matter. Taken on its own merits, this is a solid and enjoyable game that is worth playing -- and a longstanding personal favourite of mine from the Atari 8-bit's lineup.
Wow...yet another game on this site overrated to the point of insanity. This isn't and never was a real sequel to "Star Raiders" (an infinitely superior game in every way other than graphics). It was initially just a lame attempt at leveraging the Last Starfighter movie-spinoff rights (but has absolutely nothing to do with the movie either). When that didn't turn out to work for them marketing-wise, they renamed it SR2 to cynically try to leverage some profits off the deservedly-high goodwill for the original SR instead (and unfortunately succeeded to some degree). This is a graphically fine but very dumbed-down space shooter...very inferior to SR and undeserving of the title it ended up with.
AbbotKinneyDude - 26/09/2020
AtariProtos.com credits Robert Viera (Moon Patrol) as the sound designer on The Last Starfighter. Considering his work wasn't altered for ATARI Corp.'s SRII, I think his name should be added to this page. Link: http://www.atariprotos.com/5200/software/tlsf/tlsf.htm
AbbotKinneyDude - 11/08/2020
@Colin. Get a life! Nothing prevents you from playing Aric Wilmunder's STAR RAIDERS II: http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-star-raiders-ii_30426.html?version=30426
This is one of the best games on Atari 8bit machines.
This was suppose to be The Last Starfighter
It is a crap game! and doesn't came anywhere near the superior StarRaiders
Great game, one of those Atari games that rose above the rest due to its infectious gameplay.
Graphics served well along with sound, the gameplay however shone through.
I thought this game was harder than Star Raiders :( I scored a couple of times Star Commander 1 in Star Raiders however just barely scrape through difficulty level 2 here. Has anyone knocked off difficulty level 3? My tactic for level 2 is head straight to Zylon system and nuke as many cities as possible in the shortest time. However that didn't work well under level 3.
How do I open a .ROM file? I really want to play this great classic game.
Very addictive game. I played this really a lot in my childhood :)
Andreas Koch - 18/07/2009
I got an Atari 800XL at XMAS 1984 and when I got a tape recorder eight months later, this game became one of my favourites. The gfx are much better than in Star Raiders, alas there are only three levels (ten levels would have been much nicer)...
I liked the last Starfighter Version better since it was featured(not the 8bit game itself though) in that real cool movie with that title:D
Andrew Berstein - 05/03/2005
Both the cartridge and disk versions are amazingly only 16ko. Quite an achievement.
Note for Daniel Cadiz: SR2 is easier than the first Star Raiders but it's much more of an action game, less of a simulation (The previous Last Starfighter release is even more of an action game for those who want to try).
Daniel Cádiz - 06/02/2005
Probably it's the best game of starships that I've played in Atari. In comparision with the predecesor game, Star Raiders II it's very much easiest and the graphics are really better than Star Raiders.
Andy Bernstein - 06/07/2004
An interesting article which points out the differences between Star Raiders II and its true predecessor, The Last Starfighter, can be found at the following address: http://www.atarihq.com/atcomp/lastsr2.html
Liberty Star, Gun Star...Celos IV, Rylos---it's all the same to me...all in all though both games are quite enjoyable to play.