The Red Star (video game)

For the graphic novel providing the setting of the game, see The Red Star.
The Red Star
Developer(s) Acclaim, Archangel Studios
Publisher(s) XS Games
Designer(s) Stephen Dupree
Peter Ong
Ara Shirinian
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, iOS[1]
Release date(s) PlayStation 2
April 23, 2007
PlayStation Portable
March 19, 2010
June 22, 2010
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer

The Red Star is an action video game, based on the The Red Star graphic novel.


This game is a mix of different types of games. It has been described as a fighting, action, and shooter game rolled into one. RPG elements are also apparent as players have the option of upgrading certain attributes of a character depending on how well levels are completed.


This story is based on The Red Star graphic novel, set in a futuristic, magic-using Soviet Union, which uses floating Skyfurnaces (gigantic magical ships, reminiscent of all-metal blimps) and Warkasters (sorcerers) to conquer its enemies.


Playable characters are Makita, a Nokgorkan rebel, Kyuzo, a bodyguard of Maya Antares, and Maya Antares herself, a warkaster (sorcerer and human energy cannon). Maya is unlocked by beating the game once.



An Xbox version of the game was originally developed in parallel with the PlayStation 2 version. The Xbox version was completed and a press review copy in the shape of the entire finished game was circulated among gaming publications, but the game was never commercially released. A few months before Red Star was to be released, it was featured as a playable demo on Demo Disc #35 of OXM, the Official Xbox Magazine (US).

PlayStation 2

The Red Star was originally scheduled for release for the PlayStation 2 in the fall of 2004. The first time that gamers could get their hands on The Red Star was in August 2004 on the Official PlayStation Magazine Demo. Soon after, the maker of the game, Acclaim Studios, went bankrupt. XS games and Jak of All Games picked up where Acclaim left off.

PlayStation Portable

The PSP port was released on March 2010, exclusively through PlayStation Network.


XS Games announced the iOS version of The Red Star on March 5, 2010, for release in Spring 2010. It is no longer available for download.[1]


  1. ^ Vo, Long. "The Red Star Review". The Next Level. Retrieved 2007-05-01.


  1. 1 2 "Coming Soon: 'The Red Star' – Both a Top Down Shooter and Beat 'Em Up Game". Touch Arcade. Retrieved 2010-03-08.
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