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  • Summary: Over the course of several generations, the once mighty empire known as The United Republics of The Red Star (U.R.R.S.) slaughtered millions of its own people by the order of a single man. This man was their leader, Imbohl; a mighty sorcerer whose insanity turned his people's Utopian dreams into a nightmarish scheme driven by the desire to forge his own immortality. Haunted by the ghosts of their nation's tragic past, the Heroes of the Red Star, at the battle of Kar Dathra's Gate, discover the true nature of their people's struggle, abandon their duties as soldiers of the Red Fleet, and embark upon a quest to liberate their people from Imbohl's dark legacy. [Acclaim] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. The Red Star is an amazing game; it's fast, fun, and loaded with variety. [July 2007, p.52]
  2. Despite spending years on the shelf, The Red Star ably delivers a unique and challenging blend of beat-'em-up and top-down shooter action.
  3. Self-esteem issues aside, The Red Star is a great game that stands on its own, despite the hardships its development went through.
  4. A modestly brilliant game throughout, and is thoroughly playable and very addictive. It has some inspired boss and bullet pattern design, and gives an immediate, rewarding sensation that truly belongs to the world of retro games.
  5. While you could argue that it's relatively short, it has variety: new enemies are introduced on almost every level and each boss is distinctive, differing in size, strength or attack pattern to the last.
  6. Hardly groundbreaking and extremely limited, but worth a look at for ease of play and price. [June 2007, p.82]
  7. The warfare is as dull as the characters. [June 2007, p.101]

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Score distribution:
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  1. SteveL.
    May 1, 2007
    10
    A throwback to beat 'em ups, this game has the artistic style and diversity of skill sets to set itself apart. The only problem with this budget title is that with its low profile release, virtually no stores carry it so you've got to take it upon yourself to order it online.... now... before it's short supply gets dried up! Expand
  2. BushM
    Dec 2, 2007
    10
    I love this game. I just stumbled across it used for $13 yesterday. Its really fun. I remember I was so pumped for this game like 4 years ago before it got canceled. I was so confused when I found it. I didn't that it even came out. why didn't I see any reviews or any news at all for this game? Expand
  3. BrianK.
    May 1, 2007
    10
    Finally came out! Plays great! Love the old-school vibe.
  4. CharlesN.
    May 1, 2007
    10
    My time with this game encapsulates some of the best times of my life.
  5. AshbyH.
    May 7, 2007
    9
    Totally old school, totally fun. Graphics are not the best, but not ugly either. If you like old school, hardcore games (Think anything Treasure made back in the day). Pick it up now! Expand
  6. Damien
    Mar 21, 2008
    8
    Definitely ahead of its time when it was scheduled to initially release...though not graphically, but gameplay wise. A great action adventure meets platform shooter. Very reminiscent of old-school arcade games like Contra or Aliens. Definitely worth a playthrough even if you aren't familiar with the franchise. Expand