A Zzap 64 Micro Action C64 community-based covermount title. [Issue #4 September/October 2021]

This game has been first released as part of the Zzap! 64 Micro Action Magazine Cover Mount #4. This game is also available to download free and also play on your web browser. Source code has been added to the Assemble It - Chapter 8 page on the original TND web site. 

Star Hawx is a fun little arcade shoot 'em up for 1 player only. This game is based on the 1980's classic arcade game, Galaxian – but with a difference. You will see when you play this game.

Star Hawx contain the following features:

- Loading bitmap for digital disk and tape versions
- Nostalgic Rack It style tape loader (made using TapeToolBuild)
- Simple arcade style front end presentation
- Hi score table with built in hi score saver (if using disk)
- 16 Levels of pure early 1980's style arcade action
- Very addictive, if you like these type of games
- Late 1980's style title music composed by the game author
- Bonus points
- Shield power up
- and  possibly a few other bits not listed.

The story

The Galaxy has been taken over by the deadly Star Hawx. All neighbouring planets are in turmoil. Planet Earth has had enough and has sent its fighters to defend the galaxy and all the other planets. It's payback time !!!

The game

Your mission is to fight wave after wave of those deadly Star Hawx. They are hovering between the lasers. However, the evil space birds will attempt to avenge and attack. They can also fire lasers in avenge mode. You had better get out of the way quick if you are to survive. If you get hit by a hawk, laser or the falling green eggs, a life will be lost. If you clear the whole level, you will get an extra 1,000 points added to your score. As you progress further into the game, each level will get much harder.


Luckily there is help at hand. There is a possibility of getting temporary shields. The only way you can get these is by shooting at the green eggs. They will give you a shield if not activated, but also a bonus between 100, 200, 300 or 500 points. You start the very first level with a temporary shield available. Once activated, you are protected from attack for a period of time. Be aware that you will get no extra lives in this game. So use the shield wisely and keep on blasting the green eggs where necessary.

Can you clear away all 16 waves of those evil birds. Or will they ransack the Galaxy for good? Good luck fighters. We know you can do it !!!


Joystick in port 2

Left / Right – Move ship

Down – Activate shield (if available)

Fire – Shoot lasers


Code graphics, sound effects and music by Richard Bayliss
Loading Bitmap and player sprite by Hugues (Ax!s) Poisseroux
Tape Loader source: Martin Piper

(C)2021 The New Dimension

This game, and its content is classed as free digital software. TND Games consents copying, sharing, modification/improvements and respectable broadcast of this production. However TND Games does not consent any part of this production to be used for physical or digital reproduction for sales or marketing of this production without permission from TND Games.

Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars
(3 total ratings)
AuthorRichard of TND


Star_Hawx_C64.zip 333 kB

Install instructions

Download and extract the zip archive to your chosen folder. Then transfer the game files to your micro SD-Card (or USB stick. Place in to the 1541Ultimate, or Ultimate 64 and select RUN DISK. (Or RUN TAPE).

theC64 mini users can also join in the fun, simply by running the .D64 from the USB menu.

PC/Mac/Android users can also join in the fun, by playing this game in VICE which can be grabbed from http://vice-emu.sourceforge.net/


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Nice game. Our German-language review can be found in our recorded livestream starting at 01:40:24. Subscription to our YouTube or Twitch channel is welcome. 🙂


well done.  enjoying it



No. The Shoot Em Up Construction Kit was not used for this game production. I self-programmed Star Hawx. :)


Thx! :)


A very cool shoot-them-up, thank you a lot ^^ !


Thanks The New Dimension ( TND ) for this release. We love it. Best wishes !

Download link?

Not yet, but you can get the game as a free part of a magazine mentioned here: https://c64games.net/2021/09/30/star-hawx/

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Although scheduled release date was 15th October 2021. I have decided to release the download and online play of the game today. Well, considering it is the weekend :) It is perhaps a good time to launch the release. - Since it is a non-commercial game :)


very good


Nice Game :) Waiting for the full version :)


I like the look of this one!


very good