Space Tactics

Space Tactics

Arcade first-person space shooter released by Sega in 1980. It featured early 3-D effects, such as sprite scaling and a motion cabinet where the screen mobilizes as the player aims a centred crosshair and lasers shoot into the screen. Five bases need to be defended and can be commanded to fire shots, and an energy shield is available for protection.

Overview

Space Tactics made its North American debut at the 1980 AMOA show (where Pac-Man also debuted), where it was declared the "arcade sit-down hit of the show" by leading arcade magazine RePlay.

It featured early 3-D effects, such as sprite scaling and a motion cabinet where the entire screen mobilizes as the player aims a centred crosshair and lasers shoot into the screen. Five bases need to be defended and can be commanded to fire shots, and an energy shield is available for further protection.

It featured an arcade cockpit cabinet. The arcade cabinet's unique monitor behaved in a somewhat similar manner to gyroscope motion control. The game's sprite scaling and motion cabinet was a precursor to later Sega arcade hits such as Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom, Space Harrier, After Burner, and Galaxy Force. Some of the gameplay in Space Tactics is also similar to Gorf released the following year.