My eighth Star Citadel gallery. How many pictures can there be? More similarities and differences between Star Castle and Star Citadel are highlighted here: notably the ability to get inside the shields, which isn’t present in the original, and the nice shield bouncing feature, which you can use to your advantage.
Note that Star Citadel has two variants: a modern version, from which these screenshots are taken, and a classic version, which is designed to play as much like the original Star Castle as possible.
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Despite the setback of the shield ring regeneration - this is one really neat aspect of Star Castle that I wanted to make sure was in there - I'm coming back in for an aggressive attack.
These shots might not be hitting home, but they're certainly landing dangerously close to the cannon, and I'm definitely laying on the hurt, having punched solidly through its shields. There's a risk I'm going to get blown away here, but this attack may be worth pressing.
In this case persistence pays off. This is a solid kill right here, and if I stay out of the way of those mines I should earn back that life I lost earlier. In Star Citadel, as in Star Castle, you gain an extra life every time you kill the cannon.
The destruction continues as I arc away to avoid the mines. Actually, apart from putting myself in a good place to make another attack, the other reason I veer away is to avoid colliding with the cannon when it rematerializes, which would destroy my ship.
This could be bad - I've flown into the inside of the shield rings again. Doing that puts you in a really vulnerable position, particularly on higher levels where the cannon pretty much always has a lock on you.
Somehow I manage to dispatch the mine, but this really is a Pyrrhic victory. I am in so much trouble here. This is something that also differs from the arcade version of Star Castle - I'm told by someone who spent quite a lot of time playing it back in the day that you couldn't get trapped within the shield layers. Still, I think it's another quite cool twist so I've left it in there.
Like the Terminator, I am back, and I am not happy. I'm going in for a shield bounce here to change direction, and hopefully attack at a more vulnerable point. Again, the bouncing off the enemy shields is another nice feature that I've lifted from the original Star Castle and, again, I think this is something that's appeared in every conversion, homage, clone, etc.