Not Just Astrotraining: Astro Tripper PC

Hullo! Me again. I’m still lolling around Kieron’s room, taking a break from gnawing. I see the last game Kieron played before passing, and starting to pass through my guts, was something called Astro Tripper. There’s some notes which I can just about read through the blood stains:
“After Gridrunner Revolution, a fine time for premium PC shootage”, “Early-00s Edge-beloved classic, rebooted”, “Derived from Defender-Derived Braybook classic Uridium”, “No demo yet, but original Space Tripper demo still out there“, “Why am I so lonely?”, “brutally punnishing” and “£9/$15“. Oh – look! There’s a video here of it.

That looks fun. Not as much as rending flesh with enormous teeth, but you chaps don’t get to do that. I think I’ll have a play of some of these videogame things. Bye!


  1. Railick says:

    At least it is a British monster and has manners :P

  2. sigma83 says:

    Slight mistrack:
    The forum has Eaten my username. It borked when I attempted a signup and while it did not email me my password it has also told me that my username is taken

    Help us RPS. You’re our only hope.

  3. Railick says:

    You might as well just go find the Monster that ate KG, he's probably the one that ate your forum name ;)

    BTW this game looks awesome though the name is a bit misleading to me. (but aren't shooters like this always named in a misleading fashion? I can't count the number of times I rented an old NES game when I was a child expecting some awseome game about dragons only to play the same F@#$@# Shooter I'd played 50 times before only with dragons for sprites instead of space ships)

  4. jsutcliffe says:

    Oh my. I loved Space Tripper, even though it was so ass-bastard hard I never got very far in it.

  5. Jae Armstrong says:

    So… did KG lose his password for the site?

  6. Railick says:

    He lost his password for life.

  7. Andy says:

    Wow. I saw the title in my feed reader and thought “Hey I wonder if that’s anything to do with Space Tripper?”

    Yes yes a thousand times yes!

  8. Urthman says:

    I still enjoy their old Robotron clone Mutant Storm. Alas, not currently available from their site anymore, but it looks like they have plans to make it available again soon.

  9. theleif says:

    Hey, Mr Monster!
    Regurgitate our Kieron now and get back to the closet or bed you where hiding in/under. Otherwise you will feel the wrath if the RPS AIM:s. You don’t want that, do you?

  10. Ybfelix says:

    I think it’s Astro Stripper for a moment,

  11. Railick says:

    Funny enough the last time KG posted about Astro Tripper was Oct 2008 :P It’s been a year since he said it was coming out soon. Also I like the Monsters E-mail address.

  12. Radiant says:

    That looked lovely!

    Anyone remember Uridium?
    Ultra bastard hard C64 shooter which ended many a competition pros’ life.

    • neems says:

      Never even heard of Space Tripper, but Uridium… excellent game, I vaguely recall. Not as good as Competition Pro though, what a joystick that was.

    • jsutcliffe says:

      I had Uridium 2 on my Amiga — for some reason I’d never made the mental link between that and Space Tripper.

  13. Okami says:

    I’m wondering if The Monster That Killed Kieron is in any way related to a grue.

  14. Στέλιος says:

    Woah. That looks really good. For some reason I thought of Uridium meets Super Stardust AGA. A little iffy on the price though… not sure if I can make the case for it.

  15. Cheespuffs says:

    Haha… I just bought the PS3 game yesterday. Its pretty fun but you can’t re-play individual levels. There are 4 different campaign-thingies with about 3-4 levels each but you have to start from the beginning of each. Plus you have to restart a level when you lose a life.

  16. Davydd Grimm says:

    I hope The Monster That Killed Kieron is a Groke. I liked the Groke.

  17. Homunculus says:

    Clearly it should be the Monster Wot Killed Kieron.

  18. Railick says:

    Or Wot Ate Kieron and Digested him

  19. zak canard says:

    Oh dear poor Kieron. I wonder whether our new monster friend now realises he’s got the job of writing the Sunday Papers by the age old rule of, if you pardon the expression, dead man’s boots.

  20. Gurrah says:

    Good god it’s difficult!

  21. roBurky says:

    I’m still a little pissed off with PomPom for no longer allowing Space Tripper owners to download the game.

  22. Railick says:

    How do they justify that?

  23. Bhazor says:

    From link to

    “Heres the deal with the PC versions of Astro Tripper, Mutant Storm Reloaded and Mutant Storm Empire. They are in essence ready, but severely untested & unoptimized. We don’t have access to the kinds of resources required to do some hardcore testing.

    So… we propose doing a pre-release. We put out the pre-release to anyone who’s interested for $5. This will be the full game and should run fine on most PC’s… however with no guarantees regards performance. All takers can help us iron out any final issues, and will get the final version 1 week before it goes on sale proper. The advantages being you will get the game/s ASAP… and you will help us get the games out quicker.

    Any takers? If there’s a bit of interest, well get on the case quick-sharp and set up a buy page for all 3 games.

    Regards the original Space Tripper and Mutant Storm, we plan to open a vault and make these available there for a small donation or not. We need to speak to a few people first to make sure we can do this but that’s the plan. Stay tuned.”

    $5! You slow basts!

    Still potentially free Mutant Storm. Colour me excited, I loved that game and it was only let down by its CD check which really ruined the pick up and play aspect.

  24. GreatUncleBaal says:

    (Goes back to Gamer Quiz Thing).

  25. drewski says:

    I should get this free for buying Space Tripper all those years ago.

    Then again, I got RSI from Space Tripper so maybe I don’t want this free.


  26. TeeJay says:

    This thread inspired me to have a “quick” blast on Mutant Storm…

    …which lasted two hours! :D

  27. qrter says:

    God.. I really hate New Games Journalism..

    • TeeJay says:

      We some new labels for a start. I can hardly believe there are only two “genres” of games journalism (“old” and “new”). How unimaginative.

    • TeeJay says:

      (ps. does ‘gonzo’ games journalism exist?)

  28. Digit says:

    This games is ace btw, I have the original and it’s a pretty slick shooter. :) The battleship level is nuts and the level prior to the one shown with the cubes is probably one of the hardest levels I’ve played.

  29. Gnarl says:

    “Why am I so lonely?”

    Well, at least he’s a part of something bigger now.

  30. Scandalon says:

    So…does it play any different than the original? (I bought both tripper and mutantstorm back in the day for play on my old mac…) Or is it just…glowy-ier?

  31. RobF says:

    Anonymous Coward said:
    So…does it play any different than the original? (I bought both tripper and mutantstorm back in the day for play on my old mac…) Or is it just…glowy-ier?

    It doesn't play drastically different, no. It's essentially a hi-res remake of the original.

    I actually prefer the original over this, it's somehow less garish and hard on the eyes due to the (now) smudgy lo-res-ness of it all. I appreciate the amount of work that goes in to doing something on this scale, but man, it's quite the ugly thing texturewise.

  32. bookwormat says:

    That you cannot jump into individual levels makes me sad.

    Also, what are the main differences between the *-tripper and mutant storm series?

  33. RobF says:

    bookwormat said:
    Also, what are the main differences between the *-tripper and mutant storm series?

    *Tripper is based on Defender, Mutant Storm on Robotron.

    • bookwormat says:

      Thanks RobF. I guess that explanation is very helpful if you played both Defender and Robotron. ;)

      Anyway, I found demos for both space trigger and mutant storm. Most significant difference seems to be that Mutant Storm has short, one screen levels while Space Trigger levels consist of multiple(3-5) vertical screens. Ship feels more heavy in Space Trigger and both games use different control schemes.

    • RobF says:

      Hah, sorry man. I take a bit too much for granted in that regard I guess.

      Yeah, MS is more a twin stick arena shooter. Single screen, 360 degree shooting and increasingly troublesome enemy spawns as the levels progress. Its sequel Empires is what happens when a twin stick arena shooter takes out anything that made the first Mutant Storm great and replaces it with level after level of shooting lots of nasties for little reward. Massive disappointment to me, the latter.

      Weirdly though, both the PomPom duo are very much games of their time. A point when PC games didn’t really have this sort of spread of arcade style games we’ve got now. I consider both Space Tripper (more so) and Mutant Storm really important games in the PC heritage. They’ve both been bettered multiple times now, but PomPom were out there doing this stuff (and doing it well) when it really was totally unfashionable. I remember loading up MS for the first time and thinking “how *do* they do this? That’s incredible”.

      They’re still pretty solid (it’s that word again!) after all these years, which is why I can’t really rag too much on Astro Tripper despite it being ST in fancy pants. If anyone’s not played them before, they’re definitely worth a punt on. Geometry Wars et al may have refined the formula, but there’s still a place in my heart for both of these franchises.