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Crescent Galaxy - The Atari Times

Crescent Galaxy

Trevor McFur fails to impress
by Taz

November 6, 1996
Trevor McFur in the Crescent Galaxy is another side-scrolling shooter game similar to R-Type. When the game begins, you first select which mission you want to take by selecting one of the four moons surrounding Cosmolite from a galactic map. You can choose to go to any of the four moons in any order, however, you cannot go to Cosmolite to attack Odd-It's main base until you have "liberated" all of the moons first. A small screen below the map shows you what each moon is and what baddies you will face.

Basically, for any moon you choose, there are two stages you must complete. First you fly though space avoiding or shooting asteroids and other objects which can destroy you, collect power-ups and weapons, until you reach the boss at the end. The first stage is similar on all the moons. There are asteroids of some type, crystals, blobs, glass cubes which can fire at you, and spheres which also fire at you.

If you defeat the first boss, you will continue on to battle baddies over the moon's surface until you reach the second boss at the end. You will have freed the moon after defeating the second boss, and then you will return to the galactic map to choose your next mission. Some levels have additional obstacles, such as on one moon you fly in a cave and cannot fly to high or to low without hitting the stalactites and stalagmites, and must avoid falling ones.

Compared to the hyperactive Defender 2000, Trevor McFur's gameplay is slower. That doesn't mean the game is easy though. The enemies range from teeny-tiny to huge in size. Like D2K, your ship is kinda big, which makes maneuvering around objects difficult (especially the bosses!). This is a pain whenever you're flying in space trying to avoid debris, especially when you move up or down.

Some of the background graphics look impressive. Others look like cheap PC screen backgrounds. The enemies look like flat pictures moving around the screen firing at you, not 3D at all. Also, the space debris in the first stage of each moon look like they were taken out of the game Maelstrom for the Apple Macintosh.

Although there is no music during gameplay, there's background music during the title screen and the galactic map screen. However, the music is pathetic. It sounds like bad tunes from the Star Wars Cantina group. It's a good thing there's no music during gameplay if it was going to be anything like the music from the title screen.

The sound effects in this game are nothing spectacular either. There's the explosion sounds, which are alright. When you shoot a blob it makes the sound of a bubble popping. Then there are the sounds of the enemy's fire, which varies from sounds like small firecrackers to squishy sounds.

Keep in mind that this was one of the first games released for the Atari Jaguar, so it may have been something back when the Jag was first released but falls short by today's standards.

Here's the story of a Jag named Trevor... (Who isn't a Starfox.)
Blast the 'roids! Errr... Asteroids that is.
The pre-rendered bosses are sweet to look at.
Atari must have really like floating eyeballs in their games. They're in Gates of Zendocon too.
Crescent Galaxy
System: Jaguar
Publisher: Atari
Genre: Shooter
Graphics Score: 73%
Sound & Music Score: 30%
Gameplay Score: 67%
Control Score: %

Final Score: 58%

Reader Comments for Crescent Galaxy

OK, not great by LS650 on 2006-12-02 12:50:13
I agree with you - Trevor McFur is not bad, but it doesn't stand out from the crowd. Very pretty graphics, but the backgrounds should have had at least a couple of layers. They look fine for the outer space levels, but the surface levels look flat and 2D. Still, I think the gameplay is okay: this is one of the games I play more frequently. I tend to pop TMcF into my Jaguar for 20 minutes at a time, then get a bit bored and move on to another game. A 6 out of 10.
This is a great game... by Guitarman on 2007-02-16 13:06:05
I disagree with the review for this game. The graphics are good, the gameplay is kinda old school and the bosses are kinda cheasy. I love this game because it's straight forward and relies on sheer gameplay skills to win. I give this game an overall 8 out of 10 and some will agree with me and some won't. Ever since the Jag came out I've loved this game not for technological breakthroughs but for entertainment purposes. Long live Trevor!
Fun game actually! by Superjudge3 on 2007-04-13 20:23:40
Thwo things they should have done to make this better: 1. Remove about 25% of the on-screen objects. It's just too cluttered on screen. 2. Add music! They could have at least let the decent but wierd intro music play through the game!

Other than that, the game is really fun...just too hard because there's like 10 million objects flying at you. LOL
Great graphics fun game by Fsporsche on 2008-10-01 08:21:39
I just want to say that this game has all the fun in the r-type space shooting games. The graphics on the 3-D objects and bosses look nice....They could of added music for more enjoyable play, but this games rates as one of the better Jaguar64 games....
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