On-Rails Space Explosions: Star Horizon

You know what, yes, I do enjoy the odd on-rails shooter. Heck, I enjoy turret sequences from time to time. You bet I bought the game which was nothing but on-rails turret shooting! I like the arranged spectacle, and I like the non-stop murder murder. This is especially true in space, where my own attempts to zip over and inside a megacapital ship will end in explosions within seconds but railed games will carefully guide A Pretty Cool Thing. So ooh aah look at Star Horizon [official site], which is due in a few months.

Star Horizon’s an on-rails zap zap pew pew space shooter with an upgradeable ship and, curiously, a branching storyline. Will I help my friends at the cost of failing a mission? I don’t know – which choice leads to more and fancier explosions?

It’s an “HD” port of a mobile game, but we’re all sensible enough to not pout and groan about the very idea of that, aren’t we. Pocket Gamer reviewed the pocket version, making it sound like a load of big colourful explosions and fancy scenes you blast and dodge through while trying to ignore a rubbish story, which is about what I had expected and hoped for.

Developers Tabasco Interactive plan to release Star Horizon on Windows and Mac some time from April to June at under $10. They’re blasting at the shields of Steam Greenlight at the moment.


  1. MacPoedel says:

    I bought this on Android for a dollar, it’s pretty fun for a mobile game that you can pick up at times. Controls were pretty good as well on a touchscreen, but I needed a controller to finish the final fight. I think this is going to be a bit too limited and short for a full $10 PC game though, I wouldn’t give more than the dollar I gave for the mobile version. I don’t really understand why developers are charging so much more on Steam compared to on mobile platforms, for essentially the same games.

  2. Stevostin says:

    Gah, it’s really ugly. My eyes are bleeding.

  3. SuicideKing says:

    Oh come on, someone make FreeSpace 3 already.

    • Lord_Mordja says:

      You might want to check out the Blue Planet mods, because they’re as close as you’re gonna get.

      So it’s a good thing that they’re absolutely excellent.

      • SuicideKing says:

        I have. War in Heaven’s second act brings my PC to a crawl, so haven’t been able to play beyond a point now.

        I really wish Deep Silver would buy the license back.

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    Lexx87 says:

    Okaaaaaaaaaaay it’s a PC site but, has anyone bettered Lylat Wars for this kind of thing?

    • DrollRemark says:

      The answer will forever be “no.”

    • ulix says:

      Sin & Punishment 2 is pretty great, although obviously the gameplay is a little different.

      • Urthman says:

        S&P2 is even better with mouse & keyboard on
        PC via Dolphin.

  5. Alien426 says:

    If you don’t have an “official site”, you better not add an empty link.

    BTW, it is http://www.starhorizongame.com

  6. RARARA says:

    I’m curious, what are the good mobile game review sites? All I play on my phone are Android ports of PC games (the likes of Canabalt, Super Hexagon, Boson X, Ridiculous Fishing, VVVVVV) and emulated GBA games; I’m curious about app review sites that review a wide range of interesting mobile games.

    • MacPoedel says:

      I like to read Android Police, they do some app reviews and game roundups, but rarely as in depth as a WIT. I think the problem with mobile games is that there are too many releases to keep track of.

    • Crafter says:

      I have yet to find a mobile review site for which I find the review useful/trustworthy.
      Very often I see rave reviews for games that are entirely derivative of some very common mobile formulas (infinite runner, infinite sim (à la Game Dev story), sling shot, …) and often backed by atrocious payment systems (IAP is entirely fine, but not IAP in order to buy credits you need to consume to play the game).

  7. Heretic7 says:

    Have I told you guys that i love you for re enabling the full screen button of the videos? I don’t have to go and watch them on youtube anymore!!! <3

  8. HiFiHair says:

    As someone whose first name can be shortened to Jon this trailer really spoke to me.

  9. Buuurr says:

    Looks terrible…

  10. seroto9 says:

    It was the *oh-so-funny* Star Wars quote at the end of the trailer that made me decide for certain that this filth will never touch my hard drive.

  11. TechnicalBen says:

    On rails? No interest… wait it plays just like StarFox/Lylatwings?

    Where do I sign up!?

    Proof that simple gameplay is not a problem if the game is done well. :)