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First post, by thecrankyhermit

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I don't have any version of Starflight yet, but I am gathering some information before playing it. There are a few facts I think I have learned:
* There are two versions released for DOS.
* Version 1 supports Hercules, CGA/RGB, CGA/Composite, and Tandy
* Version 2 supports all of the above, and EGA
* There are a number of differences with version 2 that make purists prefer version 1
* GOG offers version 2

First of all, are all of these facts correct?

Second, is there a difference between playing version 1, and playing version 2 in any mode other than EGA?

Third, what are these differences, exactly? I've gathered vague details regarding missing animations and bugs, but I can't confirm specifics, or which version/modes these things effect.

Running:
Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
Core 2 Duo 2.53Ghz
Geforce 9600 GT
2GB RAM

Reply 1 of 5, by Thraka

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Bringing this thread back...

I'm curious about this too. I just installed my copy of Starflight that I've been sitting on forever and it doesn't have an EGA mode so I can't play it. I am confused. 🙁 is there a patch I can apply?

Reply 2 of 5, by Jo22

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I'm in the same situation, I'm afraid. My copy of Starflight provides these 4 choices only..

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Reply 3 of 5, by Akuma

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create a dosbox.conf file in the game directory:

[dosbox]
machine=tandy
memsize=31

[cpu]
core=dynamic
cycles=5000
cycleup=500
cycledown=500

[mixer]
nosound=false
rate=44100
blocksize=2048
prebuffer=10

[sblaster]
type=none

[speaker]
pcspeaker=true
tandyrate=44100

Reply 4 of 5, by Kisai

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Thraka wrote:

Bringing this thread back...

I'm curious about this too. I just installed my copy of Starflight that I've been sitting on forever and it doesn't have an EGA mode so I can't play it. I am confused. 🙁 is there a patch I can apply?

"RGB" is the Tandy/PCjr mode. That's the one I used on a real Tandy 1000 back in the day.

thecrankyhermit wrote:

Second, is there a difference between playing version 1, and playing version 2 in any mode other than EGA?

Probably no different than any other game that supports EGA or Tandy/PCjr modes. Starflight makes some assumptions about the native speed of the computer so if you don't have Dosbox close to an 8088 speed, time will go by too quickly to finish the game.

If people are being purists about it, I'd probably think it has to do with the timing of how things work in the game. One major animation, the Flux's either takes a very long time ( several seconds) or nearly instant.

Reply 5 of 5, by HunterZ

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Starflight EGA is my first retail PC game and one of my all-time favorites!

I *think* the pre-EGA release supports Tandy implicitly under one of the other options. Not sure which.

The EGA version has some missing animations, such as the spinning planet on the title screen and the docking bay doors opening/closing.

I haven't heard any good explanation of what other differences there are between versions. They both run out of memory on me when I collect too many items and such.

Honestly I recommend the Amiga or Atari ST ports. The only thing they messed up in my opinion is drastically changing the Mechan 9's look.

The C64 version is too slow and oversimplified, and the Sega Genesis version adds too many action elements for my taste.