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Star Citizen retro webgame released

Hyper Vanguard

If crowdfunding was a thing in the '80s, maybe this is what Star Citizen's umpteen millions in funding would have eventually produced. As it is, it's a free webgame to play while you wait for the full game's creation. It's called Hyper Vanguard Force IV, and uses pixel recreations of Star Citizen ships and concept art. There's even a plot, detailing why you need to shoot literally all of the spaceships.

Its flight model isn't quite as detailed as what the full game is aiming for. You control the ship by dragging your mouse around, and fire with the left mouse button. It's pretty basic, but also a fun way to waste away a Monday morning.

You can play Hyper Vanguard Force IV here.

Phil Savage

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.