|"Come in Starflighter Geo Sword!|
This is King Raider, over."
|Check out the text in the beginning |
briefing video (below) for some
examples of "Engrish" at it's finest
At this point you'd think the game is over, but the arcade game pulls a kind of surprise 4th act on you by having Geo Sword intercepted by a colossal enemy ship during the return warp transit. In the ensuing firefight players must destroy a second ship mounted power core and the "Enemy Flagship Commander" in a rather climactic one-on-one duel. Only then does the game finally conclude with a victory barrel roll cut scene and return to base fanfare. You can check out a complete recording of the game from beginning to end here:
The video clip doesn't really do the full game justice though. Trust me when I say if you were actually sitting in the gunnery chair it would be a noticeably more enhanced experience. Then again you're not out about $5 in quarters either.
|"Located Enemy Flagship Commander."|
Actually, technically speaking a prototype of The Last Starfighter arcade game does exist thanks to the hard work of a dedicated fan. Atari also had plans to mass produce arcade machines identical to the one seen in the movie, but gave up on the project when it became apparent that the amount of hardware needed (at the time) to produce graphics similar to those seem in the film would cost an impractically huge amount of money. Not all that surprising considering that the CG used in The Last Starfighter was generated by way of a Cray Supercomputer. Fast forward seven years to when StarBlade came out though and comparable graphics were more or less economically viable.
|The Last Starfighter cabinet logo|
You might think it weird to continue the story of a movie via a video game, but think of it this way. The film was trying to show how similar video games are to reality. In the case of a sequel, how about showing how similar reality is to video games? It could work really well if the concept of a video game about a movie about a video game is handled carefully. At the very least I think it would be a lot of fun to play another game like Operation: StarBlade, just swap out the Geo Sword for a Gunstar.
|"Greetings, Starfighter. You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the Frontier against Xur and the Ko-dan Armada."|