You are a member of the Federation of Space Loonies. Your task is to find the pieces of the fabled Golden Warpship that have been hidden across four solar systems by space pirates... [[ExcusePlot or something.]]

Solar Jetman: Hunt for the Golden Warpship was made by Rare in 1990. Despite having a major article in ''Nintendo Power'' volume 18 (and a Howard and Nester comic about it a couple issues later), the game did not get much praise. Or much attention at all for that matter. In fact, Rare had plans on porting the game to other systems, [[WhatMightHaveBeen but the idea got scrapped late in the process due to low sales.]]

The game itself is very well made, considering the technology of the day. The graphics are clear, the physics are quite accurate, and each planet is unique enough to keep the player from getting complacent.

In essence, each planet is a small [[WideOpenSandbox wide open sandbox]], as you can go anywhere and do anything you wish, though the primary goal is the same: refuel your mothership, find the wormhole and retrieve a piece of the Golden Warpship. Anything else you do to gain an extra credit or two is completely optional, though that can be part of the fun sometimes (especially finding out what's inside that treasure chest you found).

The list of planets and their given statistics are as follows:

[numlist:1]
# Preludon: Gravity 8, Diameter 7
# Mexomorf: Gravity 24, Diameter 31
# Omebru: Gravity 16, Diameter 23
# Corso Qwero: Gravity 8, Diameter 39
# Bokky: Gravity 32, Diameter 29
# Lemonte: Gravity 40, Diameter 47
# Chorlton: Gravity 32, Diameter 35
# Shishkebab: Gravity ''-24'', Diameter 29
# Zlaz Tordus: Gravity 24, Diameter 37
# Shammy Gen: Gravity 24, Diameter 33
# Shankoo: Gravity 56, Diameter 39
# Miplezur: Gravity 72, Diameter 45
# Urownd: Gravity 32, Diameter 31
[/numlist]

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!!This game provides examples of:

* [[OneUp 1-Up]]: Get 7 crystals in one sitting, and you get an extra life and 2000 extra credits.
* AttackDrone: Since you never actually see any enemies outside of their ships (except for the [[EldritchAbomination final boss,]] if you count that), they may be this.
* BonusStage: You enter one called the Cyberzone after you find a ship part, and a couple more in Preludon and Zlaz Tordus. In each, you could earn up to 2000 credits.
* CollisionDamage: Whenever you hit a wall/most enemies. The faster you/they go, the more fuel you lose.
* ConvenientlyClosePlanet: Averted, since most of the time, the mothership is out of fuel when you reach the planet and you travel through worm holes to get there.
* CriticalExistenceFailure: When you run out of fuel, you explode.
* DenialOfDiagonalAttack: Averted. In fact, you can move and fire in any direction. Partially played straight after your pod blows up, as you can only fire left or right, but with no loss in mobility. All in all, this can be a welcome change of pace if you're used to playing other games from the time period.
* DestructibleProjectileS: Homing missiles.
* EldritchAbomination: The final boss may qualify as one.
* EmergencyEnergyTank: There's usually a couple of these (not to mention ''emergency ships'') on each planet. They cannot be picked up and used at any time, but are stationary instead.
* EveryBulletIsATracer
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: If it moves, shoot it.
* ExplosiveDecompression
* FlashOfPain: Only when your shields are down.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: The final boss.
* GoForTheEye: The final boss has five of them. You must destroy them all.
* GravityScrew: The strength of gravity changes from planet to planet, which may take some getting used to. Also, Corso Qwero, Chorlton and Miplezur have areas of “water” where gravity is either negated or reversed. Not to mention Shishkebab, which has ''[[YouFailPhysicsForever negative gravity throughout.]]''
* GravitySucks: Played straight and inverted with the super-gravity and anti-gravity mini-planets respectively.
* InertiaIsACruelMistress: With the Italian Racing Jetpod, you can travel through warp zones. You maintain your speed throughout and most warp zones are next to walls.
* InexplicableTreasureChests: In addition to seemingly random items (radioactives, Fancy Alien Items), there are actual treasure chests with seemingly random items inside including [[{{Gradius}} Easter Island heads]], bananas, tennis balls, an [[Series/DoctorWho "english phone box"]], [[Franchise/StarTrek tribbles]], and ''absolutely nothing.''
* JetPack: After your pod explodes, you use one to get around.
* LetsPlay: By LetsPlay/{{DeceasedCrab}}.
* LifeMeter: The fuel gauge.
* LostForever: The shields on Preludon and the boosters on Mexomorf. Granted you can buy super shields and double strength thrusters later, but...
* MadeOfExplodium: Everything that can't be towed can and often will explode.
* ManaMeter: The meter below the fuel gauge shows how much energy you have left for your special weapons.
* MoneyForNothing: This is definitely the case on Miplezur, since there are no more shops after that, but some may feel that way after getting the Italian Racing Jetpod en route to Shishkebab.
* MoreDakka: Let's see, you have homing missiles (with optional extra warheads), time bombs, star bullets, {{smart bomb}}s...
* NintendoHard: The final level definitely qualifies.
* NitroBoost: The boosters can give you an extra burst of acceleration/lifting strength, but it uses up fuel faster.
* NoBulkDiscounts
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: There's only one Golden Warpship.
* NoPlotNoProblem: Without checking out varius online sources, you won't know exactly why you're collecting ship parts. I always thought I was just making the space equivalent of a hot-rod. Frankly, do you really need a reason to explore space and shoot at stuff?
* OneHitPointWonder: The Golden Warpship might as well be one.
* PaletteSwap: Enemies and most items change pallettes with each planet, mostly so they don't blend in with the background.
* PasswordSave: There's even a [[http://unoriginal.org/people/cybern/solar_jetman.html password generator]] for the jetman on the go.
* PinballScoring: Mostly averted, though the gravity is displayed in multiples of 8.
* PointOfNoReturn/[[PointOfNoContinues Continues]]: After you assemble the Golden Warpship, you are subject to a Gradius-style side-scrolling level. You have one shot at it. If you lose, you get the password for Miplezur. The fact that the final level is NintendoHard doesn't help. Possibly justified in that there is only one Golden Warpship.
* PowerUp: Shields, boosters and navigators on planet surfaces, and a lot more at the Interstellar Marketing Co.
* PunnyName: Preludon, among most other planet names.
* RecursiveAmmo: Star bullets.
* SecretLevel: Urownd. Notable in that finding this planet allows you to skip Zlaz Tordus, Shammy Gen and Shankoo entirely.
* SelectiveGravity: For some reason, when in just your spacesuit, you are subject to the same force of gravity no matter which planet you're on, even if it has zero or negative gravity.
* SelfImposedChallenge: There's definitely potential for this. No shields, no boosters, no map, base level pod...
* ShoutOut: [[Franchise/StarTrek At least]] [[Series/DoctorWho a couple.]]
* SmartBomb: The most expensive weapon available.
* SoundOfNoDamage
* SpaceIsNoisy: Possibly subverted, as you are on the planet's surface, and they may have an atmosphere that is toxic to humans. [[MST3KMantra Or maybe I'm thinking about it too much.]]
* StoryToGameplayRatio: What story?
* [[ThisIsTheFinalBattle Destiny Summons.]]
* {{Two-D Space}}
* UnexpectedGameplayChange[+/+][[UnexpectedShmupLevel Shmup Level]]: The final level.
* VideoGameLives: 4 of them to start with, though you only lose them if you die in spaceman form. If you get to a spare jetpod laying about, to a wormhole back to the mothership, or back to the mothership itself, you're spared.
* WarpZone: There are three of them, but unless you're on a self-imposed challenge or something, only one is worth going after.
* AWinnerIsYou: It does have a funny part at the end, though.
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