Starship Hector, known as Hector '87 (ヘクター'87) in Japan, is a shoot 'em up game developed and published by Hudson Soft in 1987 for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was later included in the Caravan Shooting Collection and Hudson Best Collection Vol. 5: Shooting Collection for the Super Nintendo and Game Boy Advance respectively. It is a spin-off of the Star Soldier series.


The game's story varies between the Japanese and English versions. While in the Japanese version the mission is to recover humanity's story, in the English version the mission is to save humanity from destruction. While in the Japanese version the player ship is named Noah, in the English version it has the same name of the game.

Japanese versionEdit

The Third World War, which happens on Earth during Star Year 1024, burns down humanity's heritage and memories. In search of the lost past, the research fleet of the Time Travel Agency departs for the ancient Earth on Star Year 4622. However, most of the research vessels encountered and were pursued by a swarm of odd bio-mechanical creatures. Barely surviving, the Noah battled through the ancient soil to uncover the mystery behind these creatures.

English versionEdit

In the Star Year of 2038, the Fourth World War on Earth destroyed all of mankind. The Starship Hector was thousands of light years away on an exploration mission. Upon their return to what is now Ancient Earth, the Starship Hector found Earth to be desolate and inhabited by gruesome bio-mechanical creatures. Starship Hector must fight it's way past many different empires of these bio-mechanical creatures to save Earth's future.


Starship Hector is similar to Konami's Salamander in that it alternates between vertical and horizontal stages. The Noah comes equipped with a forward-firing gun as well as a secondary missile gun for ground targets. Instead of dying in one hit the ship has a lifebar which depletes whenever it gets hit by enemy bullets and can be replenished by picking up health tanks dropped from statues. Other than the health tanks there are no other item pickups or powerups.

Stages and BossesEdit

1 Incaic EmpireIota Cannon
2 Mayan EmpireMayan Face
3 Atlantis EmpireAtlan Commander
4 Egyptian EmpireEasy Golem
5 Mu EmpireMu Medal
6 Yamatai-koku EmpireHector


Vertical StagesEdit

Horizontal StagesEdit


Star Soldier series
Main entries Star SoldierSuper Star SoldierFinal SoldierSoldier BladeStar Soldier: Vanishing EarthHudson Selection Vol. 2: Star SoldierStar Soldier R
Spin-off entries Starship HectorBlazing LazersStar ParodierStar Soldier Mission ModeStar Soldier Vs. DoDonPachi Daioujou: Caravan '06
Other games Star Force (Super Star ForceFinal Star Force) • Vertical ForceCaravan Shooting CollectionHudson Best Collection Vol. 5: Shooting CollectionPC Engine Best Collection: Soldier Collection
Related Hudson SoftHudson All-Japan Caravan Festival
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