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Whilst looking for backup packages on ubuntu via synaptic by searching for the word โ€œtarโ€, I stumbled across the package โ€œstarfighterโ€. So I installed it. Then ran it. And played it. Itโ€™s rather good fun. Ctrl to fire lasers, space to fire rockets, cursors to get around. Spend your time chasing enemy ships around the screen, and collecting bonuses / money. Has a decent sound track too.

Highly recommended. I love the open source world.

$ apt-cache show starfighter
Package: starfighter
Priority: optional
Section: universe/games
Installed-Size: 368
Maintainer: Debian Games Team <>
Architecture: i386
Version: 1.1-6
Depends: libc6 (>= 2.4-1), libgcc1 (>= 1:4.1.0), libsdl-image1.2 (>= 1.2.3), lib
sdl-mixer1.2 (>= 1.2.6), libsdl1.2debian (>> 1.2.7+1.2.8), libstdc++6 (>= 4.1.0)
, starfighter-data (= 1.1-6)
Filename: pool/universe/s/starfighter/starfighter_1.1-6_i386.deb
Size: 116320
MD5sum: 959f894e78517a3411c3c2656d61b85c
SHA1: ac7e2f458d4bd8c57056e11bb3da8609f35b528c
SHA256: 29c9adee1ee2fb52f1d790254683579e919655ad01bb806a02a59d32abcb8d58
Description: 2D scrolling shooter game
 After decades of war one company, who had gained powerful supplying both
 sides with weaponary, steps forwards and crushes both warring factions
 in one swift movement. Using far superior weaponary and AI craft, the
 company was completely unstoppable and now no one can stand in their
 way. Thousands began to perish under the iron fist of the company. The
 people cried out for a saviour, for someone to light this dark hour...
 and someone did.
 Features of the game:
  o 26 missions over 4 star systems
  o Primary and Secondary Weapons (including a laser cannon and a charge weapon)
  o A weapon powerup system
  o Wingmates
  o Missions with Primary and Secondary Objectives
  o A Variety of Missions (Protect, Destroy, etc)
  o 13 different music tracks
  o Boss battles
 Homepage: <>
Origin: Ubuntu

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