Starship Hector (NES)

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Starship Hector
Starship Hector - NES.jpg
Platform: NES
Year: 1987
Developer: Hudson Soft

Starship Hector is a space-themed shooter by Hudson Soft. In this game, your goal is to get through all 6 stages (called History). The odd-numbered stages are played from a top-down vertical perspective, while the even-numbered stages are played from a sidescrolling perspective.

Though the game only has 6 stages and starts you with 16 health points, the game is very difficult. Almost all the time, there are several projectiles on screen, most of which can deplete a lot of your energy.

The game was later released for the Super Famicom in a compilation cartridge called Caravan Shooting Collection (SFC). The graphics and sound were slightly touched up, but the game is mostly like the NES version.


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The title screen.

Starship Hector - NES - Gameplay 1.png

The main menu.

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Playing the first stage.

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Fighting the first boss.


The game has a few in-game tunes. Each one is lengthy, so they don't get annoying quick. A lot of the soundtrack, as usual with the composer, Takeaki Kunimoto's style, features elements of jazz.

Takeaki wrote his music on the MSX computer using his Yamaha sequencers. The sequence files were then sent to Hudson Soft to implement into the game. It is most likely the game's sound designer Toshiaki Takimoto was responsible for the arrangements. Toshiaki most likely implemented the music in either 6502 assembly or a form of Music Macro Language, as was the standard for making NES music.

The song names were taken from the SPC rip of the Caravan Shooting Collection. However, while that game sports one unused song, the NES version has two. While the songs are used in-game, they are missing their intros, so these variants go unused. They were probably meant to play after the player loses a life and restarts the stage.


# Title Composer Length Listen Download
01 Title Screen Takeaki Kunimoto 0:20
02 History 1 Takeaki Kunimoto 2:15
03 History 2, 4, 6 Takeaki Kunimoto 1:46
04 Hector Bonus Takeaki Kunimoto 2:56
05 History 3, 5 Takeaki Kunimoto 2:53
06 Boss Takeaki Kunimoto 0:53
07 Stage Clear Takeaki Kunimoto 0:05
08 Ending Takeaki Kunimoto 0:59
09 Game Over Takeaki Kunimoto 0:20
10 Unused Song 1 Takeaki Kunimoto 2:12
11 Unused Song 2 Takeaki Kunimoto 2:50


(Sources: 1, 2)

The credits can be seen after beating the game. Both the US and Japanese versions have the same credits.

Game Rip




Audio Devices

The game uses the RP2A03 of the NES. It uses one of Hudson Soft's many sound drivers.


  Japan.svg   Japan
Hector '87 - FC.jpg
Title: ヘクター’87 (Hector '87)
Platform: FC
Released: 1987-07-16
Publisher: Hudson Soft
  USA.svg   USA
Starship Hector - NES.jpg
Title: Starship Hector
Platform: NES
Released: 1990-06-??
Publisher: Hudson Soft