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Kosmonaut, Skyroads and Stellar Xpress

It seems that they have some interesting ideas for 3d objects in Stellar Xpress, like this tree.

It seems that they have some interesting ideas for 3d objects in Stellar Xpress, like this tree.

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Before they made Skyroads, Bluemoon Interactive released a game called Kosmonaut. It featured pseudo 3D graphics using the EGA adaptor, and.. frankly, terrible PC speaker sound. Kosmonaut was published in 1990 in Sweden. Two years later, they made an improved version, with better VGA graphics, and an amazing soundtrack. The gamplay mainly stayed the same, with a couple of tweaks. With Skyroads, they made a very addicting, enjoyable game, and the cool space background images and different challenges in each level keeps you playing for days!

After Skyroads, Bluemoon started working on an even better game: Stellar Xpress. They never finished the game, but it seems that they planned a lot of interesting new features in it. There is six degrees of freedom, which means you can move in all directions. The levels are no longer (almost) flat, but include different heights, you can choose multiple paths through the levels. There also seems to be support for basic 3D models, such as trees. It is a shame this game never got finished, as it would probably be even more fun to play than Skyroads.

All screenshots

thumbnail The title screen of Kosmonaut! Letters flying past in 3D!
Kosmonaut, Skyroads an...
The title screen of Kosmonaut! Letters flying past in 3...
thumbnail In Kosmonauts, you can't yet jump on raisings, they will kill you.
Kosmonaut, Skyroads an...
In Kosmonauts, you can't yet jump on raisings, they wil...
thumbnail The Skyroads title screen
Kosmonaut, Skyroads an...
The Skyroads title screen
thumbnail The second road of 'Red Heat'
Kosmonaut, Skyroads an...
The second road of 'Red Heat'
thumbnail Cool color combinations in one of the 'Misty' levels.
Kosmonaut, Skyroads an...
Cool color combinations in one of the 'Misty' levels.
thumbnail Missed a jump in one of the Asteroid Belt levels!
Kosmonaut, Skyroads an...
Missed a jump in one of the Asteroid Belt levels!
thumbnail Flying over the base
Kosmonaut, Skyroads an...
Flying over the base
thumbnail In Stellar Xpress you get more movement freedom than in Skyroads.
Kosmonaut, Skyroads an...
In Stellar Xpress you get more movement freedom than in...
thumbnail It seems that they have some interesting ideas for 3d objects in Stellar Xpress, like this tree.
Kosmonaut, Skyroads an...
It seems that they have some interesting ideas for 3d o...

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