“Super Stardust HD” (“SSDHD”) is a remake of “Super Stardust,” a completely unknown PC/Amiga SHMUP made in 1996 by Housemarque. “Super Stardust” is, itself, a sequel to “Stardust,” an even-lesser-known PC/Amiga/Atari SHMUP made in 1995 by Bloodhouse and released only in Europe.
With this legacy of obscurity, “SSDHD” would have been completely ignored by most gamers, even SHMUP fans, had it not been included as one of the freebie options in Sony’s “Welcome Back to PSN” promotion, in which gamers were given choices of games we already owned or obscure things we had never heard of and didn’t really want. Thus I came into contact with “SSDHD.”
“SSDHD” looks pretty nice. The entire game is sculpted of polygons, most of which break down into progressively smaller piec...