Star Soldier (スターソルジャー Sutā Sorujā) is a shoot 'em up video game developed and published by Hudson Soft for the Family Computer and the MSX. The player pilots the starship "Caesar", travelling through space stations occupied by powerful supercomputers known as "Starbrains" who threaten the galactic empire. Star Soldier greatly resembles the earlier arcade game Star Force.
Mobile versions were released on January 26, 2001, in Japan as Star Soldier Special+ in 2004, Star Soldier SP Arcade in 2005 and Star Soldier Fukkoku-Ban (スターソルジャー 復刻版 Sutāsorujā fukkoku-ban) in 2008, they were also released for Palm OS on November 2001 in Japan and iOS on January 4, 2012 in United States.
Star Soldier has spawned numerous sequels, starting with Super Star Soldier on the PC Engine. It was ported to the Game Boy Advance in 2004 in Japan as part of the Famicom Mini series, and to the Wii's Virtual Console in the Japanese and North American regions in July 2007. An enhanced remake of the game was released on PlayStation Portable only in Japan in 2005.
An 3DS Virtual Console was re-released by Konami on November 14, 2012 in Japan, August 15, 2013 in PAL Version and September 24, 2013 in North America, and the iOS Version, titled Star Soldier for GREE (スターソルジャー for GREE Sutāsorujā for GREE) on June 20, 2013 in Japan. A NES version was released for Nintendo Switch Online on April 10, 2019 in Japan and North America.
A strange and evil presence is lurking in space. Crushing Everything in its path, destroying spaceships full of innocent people, the fearsome Starbrain is threatening the entire Galactic Empire. Starbrain, a giant computer programmed only for destruction, inhabits an enormous space station, guarded by enemy ships and robot creatures. To penetrate the station is a job for the most skillful and experienced Star Soldier: you! You'll be piloting Caesar, the fastest fighter ship in the Galactic Fleet, with an awesome arsenal of weapons at your fingertips. Only you can end the brutal Starbrain's spree of destruction, and restore peace to the galaxy!
|Main entries||Star Soldier • Super Star Soldier • Final Soldier • Soldier Blade • Star Soldier: Vanishing Earth • Hudson Selection Vol. 2: Star Soldier • Star Soldier R|
|Spin-off entries||Starship Hector • Star Parodier • Star Soldier Vs. DoDonPachi Daioujou: Caravan '06|
|Other games||Star Force (Super Star Force • Final Star Force) • Blazing Lazers • Vertical Force • Caravan Shooting Collection • Hudson Best Collection Vol. 5: Shooting Collection • PC Engine Best Collection: Soldier Collection|
|Related||Hudson Soft • Hudson All-Japan Caravan Festival|