Gemini is a dangerous place with riches waiting to be claimed by the more daring and capable captain.
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Release Date: Feb 16, 2012
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Starpoint Gemini is an RPG tactical simulator focused on the control and strengths of individual vessels. In SPG ship captains and their skills make the greatest difference in large-scale battles. The games is set in a science-fiction universe where various thriving technological directions exist side by side.

After spending almost twenty years trapped in the so-called Stasis rift anomaly, unaware of the passage of time, player reemerges into normal space to find Gemini and indeed everything he knew, had changed beyond recognition.

The Gateway stood as the entry point to the Gemini system, but events that took place two decades ago closed the wormhole and practically sealed the system off of the rest of the universe. The isolation and the appearance of countless anomalies enabled unforeseen technological advancements. Political intrigues, greed and lust for power have shaped the fate of Gemini and it is almost time for reckoning .

Players will freely traverse the rich and filled vastness of the Gemini star system, fight skirmishes with rogue ships, trade commodities, research anomalies, buy new vessels, upgrade their ships with state-of-the-art technology, increase their experience and rank to learn more powerful maneuvers and ultimately use all that in large scale engagements against other fleets of hostile ships. Gemini is a dangerous place with riches waiting to be claimed by the more daring and capable captain.

Key Features:

  • Free-roaming space waiting to be explored.
  • Vast and interesting Gemini star system, divided into more than fifty large sectors connected via entrances into hyperspace torrents, called T-Gates.
  • Numerous space stations, asteroid mining bases, asteroid fields filled with ore to be mined, randomly appearing anomalies, random encounters with hostile pirates or vessels in distress, trade convoys, military patrols, nebulas and much more are all there to create a deep and immersive experience of a living star system.
  • Deep and intriguing storyline filled with schemes and twists, drives the player further into the main plot.
  • Numerous scripted side missions offer a break from the main plot and give more insight into the setting of Starpoint Gemini.
  • More than 300 Freelance missions can be found and taken on stations through Freelance commission.
  • Intuitive and user-friendly interface.
  • Diverse skill system offers more than 30 upgradeable vessel maneuvers.
  • Increasing your rank leads to more options including the ability to purchase larger ship classes.
  • Choose from many different perks to gain additional passive bonuses.
  • Ships have special built in abilities, which makes even smaller ship classes very useful in fleet battles.
  • Upgrade your ships with more than 300 ship systems ranging from weapons and energy shields to power cores and thrusters.
  • Enlist additional experienced personnel for your ships to gain skill bonuses.
  • Random global events will influence almost all aspects of the game world (like chance for pirate encounters or commodity prices). '
  • A comprehensive "Captain's Log" will enable you to keep track of ongoing missions and events.

Free Gladiators DLC Features:

  • Four new ship designs add to the already large number of unique vessels
  • 50 new special ship systems that can only be awarded for victories in Gladiators
  • Outer Horizon, a new sector of Gemini where the special tournament is held
  • Series of difficult combat situations like Free-for-all and Team fights
  • Completely free-of-charge as a big thank you to everyone who supported us in developing and improving Starpoint Gemini

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7
    • Processor:2.0 GHz Single core
    • Memory:768 MB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card with 128MB RAM, Shader 3.0 or better
    • DirectX®:dx90c
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c compatible sound Card
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
61.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
A space sandbox with a strong Elite/Freelancer feel. A big open world, load of different ships, weapons, factions, tactics - everything that makes a good space sandbox is included. Very simple to learn and play. Decent consistent plot. Some bugs, none are game-breaking, most are easily circumvented. Voice acting is a bit lame.
Overall - very nice game for the money. Expect 20-50 hours of gameplay before you finish the plot line/get bored of playing. Good if you want to try out the genre without much effort. And buy the second game. It is better in every way.
Things to consider before you buy
- it's a "2,5d" game, with very basic physics.
- You do not pilot a small single-seat ship, you command a large vessel with gun turrets and crew.
- Some RPG elements are present.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
This game is brilliant but it's indie and it has its flaws. It's nothing compared to Starpoint Gemini 2, but it has its good sides.
I like those animations that trigger when you scan derelicts or enemy ships, music is very nice, but it's better in the sequel.

Anyway, it's a charming little game.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
After I tried SPG2 which is as awesome as it gets, I still have to say that original has it's epic moments. If you loved SPG2, you will like SPG1. I don't know why so many negative reviews, because this game is decent. It's made with limited budget, that's obvious, but since it's indie, I don't understand what people expected. It's fun, it's addictive.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
Starpoint Gemini started this story so it has its values but it's nowhere near the sequel. Starpoint Gemini 2 is brilliant in every way, but this game shines from time to time. It's worth finishing it before going to SPG2, but it's not needed or required.
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
35.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
it may be old, may have its problems sure. but its still fun.
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67 of 78 people (86%) found this review helpful
29.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 7, 2014
Don't be turned off so quickly by all of the other bad reviews – I would say that some of these people are stuck on "beauty is skin deep." I can agree with the other reviewers in some aspects; if you have big standards for shiny polish on games, you might want to avoid this one. The graphics are dated, the controls take some getting used to (I keep having to look at the configuration to figure out what I pressed by accident, even after 15 hours). There are bugs and CTD's. You can’t dock with T-gates sometimes or steer. The camera gets stuck at odd angles on occasion and you have to change sectors to fix it. The music selection leaves a bit to be desired. The radio chatter is repeatable.

One guy complained the tutorial was too long! I found it was just right for the complexity of the game and it got the basics down quite quickly. You just have to wait patiently for them to read all the text on the screen out (there is no “click to skip”). As for graphics, the sector backdrops are a bit washed out for my liking, I love the colorful and crisp sector graphics in X3. The music, though quite good, has a very limited number of tracks and is quite repeatable.

HOWEVER, this game has engaged me happily for over 20 hours now, and I’m only halfway through the campaign with very little extra exploration. The campaign can be challenging at some times, but I found it was a bit too easy to make money and afford a dreadnaught. It seems you need to do this in order to make good progress in the campaign. At one stage in the campaign you lose your ship, however you keep all of your equipment and cash. No problem, at that time I had enough to buy three new dreadnaughts. So yes, the campaign is a bit out of balance sometimes.

In the campaign, there is a lot of "fly to this sector, blow up this ship, then fly to that sector." But it's all wrapped up in a package that keeps it enjoyable, as you search for derelict ships to loot, Rogue containers to crack open and steal goodies from, and fight off pirates that randomly attack you. You can speed up monotonous travel by getting a T-Drive, but then you miss out a lot of the sightseeing opportunities along the way, and also chances to dock at stations to find better equipment than what you already have.

If you are excited by the prospect of boarding and capturing ships, this game does it nicely! If you love to customize ship equipment (weapon slots, shield slots, engine slots), you'll enjoy this game. If you want to play with over 50 different ships, each having different special abilities, you'll enjoy this game. If you like RPG-style characters, where you can focus on specific weapon types (beam vs. plasma) and improve your skills as you level up, you'll enjoy this game. You can even hire different officers, each which will add to your perks or boost one or more of your ship stats. The game gives you the possibility to line up your stats and perks to make an ultra-powerful beam-equipped ship destroys everything easily, until you hit an enemy who has shields and equipment specifically set up to resist beam weapons. Then you’re screwed. What fun!!!

The game has many aspects familiar to Freelancer - faction names and how they're handled, station names, station designs, radio chatter, jump gates. It also shares common control mechanisms with Eve Online, including 2D controls, ship configurations and character skill leveling. I wouldn't call it a "rip off" of any other game; rather it combines many of the great elements from other games, while setting up a solid new story and universe to enjoy them in. It's all tied together quite well in an engaging way, and I am continuously reminded of fond times I had playing Freelancer and Eve in years past.

I have been looking awhile now for a good new space game to enjoy. After playing SG1, I am even more excited now for the release of SG2. Well done, Little Green Men!
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32 of 38 people (84%) found this review helpful
27.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2013
Got this game with the early access of the second one and i have to say I cant believe i missed this one! ok the voice acting is pretty basic and its a bit old now but if you want a game where you can have epic battles like sins well this is it! I love it because its different! ive played many space sims but this one is a gem! best way to put this game is a cross between star trek and sins.
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
211.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 1, 2014
Starpoint Gemini is a very good game in many ways. The missions are great and test your skills almost to a point of frustration (Save often). After each mission you are given free play untill you reach a certain level at which time the next mission begins, this free play time is to make money and upgrade your ship, weapons and shields, use it to your advantage and the missions are a little easier, squander them or rush to advance makes life tough.

Downsides are the game is based on an unrealistic 2 planes (no up or down) and the frequent crashes when jumping to new systems (game autosaves at each jumpgate so when it crashes you restart at the gate you crashed at). There are other little downsides in the game, like slow docking, random attacks that you can't win (again, save often) and systems that don't load right in the missions (not often) that makes you reload to continue.

Although this game is a little weak on realistic space flight it is a very engaging game that I find myself playing for hours on end and seldom tire of. It has it's quirks as any game does and if you ever played a game called Freelancer this game would be a distant second, but I love to play it and would recommend it to anyone who loves open universe space epics. Great missions and storyline mixed with great free play make this one a must have.
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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 11, 2012
For the patient player willing to spend the time to work through the lengthy hour-long tutorial, Starpoint Gemini delivers a rich, polished space exploration freelancer experience. The game supports widescreen resolutions, the Steam Overlay, and is complimented by a relaxing musical score. Unfortunately, the graphics are inferior to other space titles such as X3, and the Russian accented narration is nearly unintelligible at points, this game is a solid edition to the genre. If you enjoy games like X3 or EVE online, you will probably find much to like in Starpoint Gemini.
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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
33.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 28, 2014
SPG is far from a polished release. It has lots of little problems, copious disabling of the save function, clunky dialogue with a horrible translation, annoyingly repetitive and random voice overs, some horrible accents and voice acting, a simplistic ui with no customization that routinely conflicts with itself, dated graphics, few ease of life features like map waypoints/autopilot/market comparisons, labourious buying and selling procedure, you can only have one ship at any one point, tiny module inventory in each station, split functionality between the overview and radar map, balance which ensures the majority of the ships (ie the smaller ones) are redunant for the later game, HORRIBLE collision detection between your ship and asteroids (You will exclaim at some point during your playthrough "I was ♥♥♥♥ing miles from that asteroid!"), and there are probably other things I am forgetting.

However despite all this they still manage to craft an engaging experience. The plot is interesting, the world is large, combat and movement is simplified but not too simple and the missions have a bit of variety.

As the above paragraphs should attest, it's faults are many and varied and on the surface may seem to outweigh the positives but it somehow adds up to (mostly) fun. I am 32 hours in and still going strong.
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36 of 58 people (62%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 26, 2014
I really can't recommend Starpoint Gemini. This was Iceberg's first game, and I'm afraid it shows. I can see what they were going for, but it just doesn't come together in a satisfying way. Presentation-wise, the game manages to look dated (ship models) and beautiful (nebulas and planet vistas) at the same time. I can live with that. I could't live with the voice acting though, which I'm sure must be done by the dev team, or someone they kidnapped off the street. Fortunately for the sake of your sanity you can turn this off. More worrying though is the UI, which is confused, overly complicated, and a royal pain in the ♥♥♥. Even basics such as turning your ship aren't handled well: you can either left click to turn the ship towards the point you clicked, which is useless for anything to the side or behind you, or you can hit the A and D keys which turn the ship in what seem like 30 degree increments per press, with multiple presses resulting in prolonged spinning until the key presses wear off. It's manageable once you get used to it, but it's painful and makes combat a drag. That's a pity because the combat engine is fun at first, it's nicely tactical and lasers sizzle and whump appropriately, but I found it soon became frustrating due mainly to the very high early difficulty; your ship only has a narrow firing arc, everything else it seems can out-turn you, so lining up to take a shot means your front shields are quickly toasted with you being barbequed shortly afterwards.

The other problem is that the living universe is merciless, and high level rogue (pirate) ships crash your nice low-level party with frustrating regularity. I had to replay the first mission about four times because I kept getting jumped by high level pirates that laid waste to everyone including my puny level 1 ship. It's a pity the quicksave button doesn't work, because you have to save a lot... except it doesn't actually let you save during the prolonged and tedious dialogs and during mission events. Eventually you start to get a handle on things, and there were moments such as the first time I flew inside a nebula that the game almost starts to sing, but then it's gone. Side-missions from stations largely involve flying to a point and clicking a couple of icons, or flying to a rogue ship and getting blasted within seconds. After a few hours I realised that I just wasn't having any fun because I'd played this game before in much better forms. However, the silver lining is Starpoint Gemini 2, which is apparently so massively better as to be a completely different game. I'd start there if I were you.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
53.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 28, 2014
Starpoint Gemini is a very good "Space Trader" style game for first timers. There are a lot of the "Space Trader" games out there, and some can get a bit confusing as to how to handle the game. This game is a bit more simplified ina sense that, although the game is in 3D, space flight isn't. Not to imply that space flight games SHOULDN'T be 3D, but if you want simple, you can't get much simplier than this.

Starpoint Gemini allows you to play either in a campaign or play as if you were a freelance for hire. Campaign is pretty straight forward, complete missions to get to the end of a story. Endless mode (If you will) lets you do what you want without having to complete missions. As long as you are making money, you can do anything you want. Upgrade your ship, help space stations handle a few pesky space pirates, or even participate in a free for all battle to be able to win the best ship and equipment. Or, if you feeling lucky, maybe you want to take on the entire galazy and be the ruthless pirate and space crook there is, just kill everyone you meet.

Because flight is in 2D, it's simple to find where you are going and getting to where you need to go without having to be able to understand the concept of space flight in general. Also, getting from one location to another is also simple. Just follow the flight plan and follow which jump gates take you to any sector you want to go. A simple game for people who love space flight, but don't want an overly complicated game. Who knows, maybe once you learn to play this game, you might move up to Starpoint Gemini 2 or some more to your liking.
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31 of 54 people (57%) found this review helpful
24.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2013
Remember to save up a ton of money - or sell your ship - before you're called in to do a certain space station defense story mission. Otherwise, you'll end up destroying all the enemies just because you can -> Proceed to complete the mission -> then watch as your ship gets blown up because there were "too many enemies" and someone had to stay behind as bait for the evacuation.

Huh? Didn't you blow them all up?

On the very next mission, you end up in a weaponless shuttle with no afterburners and paper-thin shields. Your mission? Infiltrate a heavily guarded military compound deep in the heart of enemy territory. Wow, lo and behold, the alarm trips while you're right in the middle and you have to escape.

Not...happening. In a fit a frustration, on the 5th restart or so, I broke story and used the money I had left to purchase a ship with weapons, loaded it with the best gizmos for its class (jump drive and afterburners not optional), and proceeded to barely survive that mission.

This game has that and more plot holes. Mainly, whoever had designed the game continually assumes you're still piloting that dinky starting freighter instead of working your ♥♥♥ off to buy a class 10 dreadnought with the latest upgrades.

That wasn't all that pissed me off, this game took a page from Freelancer and added radio chatter. However, if you listen closely to the radio chatter, it ends up being one of three things. Something about law enforcement are all pigs. Some guy being interdicted and scanned. And something else. Wow, I'm happy that I'm finally forgetting what they were saying. After listening to the inane chatter for the several hours that I played the game, you'd think it'd have sunk in more. Ah, but wait till you get into battle. Then you're treated to a hostile cacophony and some small schmuck in the background threatening to kill you. No, seriously. It's like you're in a noisy nightclub and there's some guy with the band singing an accompaniment of death threats at odd times.

And don't even get me started on getting killed at the very beginning because my level 1 ship can't stand up to a level 20 pirate. Actually, I thought that was interesting. Never mind.

Still, I think the game has far too many stupid issues to be recommendable.
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
51.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 27, 2014
Wow. They have fixed most of the bugs. Now as to the first mission with the DLC (Timebreach) there is a way around the bug. You will lose your ship, but you can still dock with a station and purchase another one if you have credits saved. Ok you gotta fish around for parts, and it's inconvenient, but it's doable. As to the game, I've really enjoyed it so far, mission depth and some which make you think fast to just survive. They are all survivable though. Only thing I can't seem to find is a Cloak Officer for my Level 5 cloak for my Dreadnought. lol. I'll just have to dock at every single station I come across till I get one I guess. Anyway, it's been really enjoyable, and I recommend the game to others who like a space sim. The controls are a little tricky to get used to, but you do, eventually.
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
29.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 13, 2014
I was a bit hasty in my original review for this game. Once I reduced the punishing difficulty, I found the game to be quite rewarding. Flying around, collecting new weapons and buying bigger ships is a lot of fun. This game reminds me a lot of Starfleet Command, and I reccomend this to fans of that game, especially if you wished there was more to do in those games then just combat. Like actually docking at stations, mining minerals for profit. Capturing ships and having said capture actually benifit you.

if you are sceptical about this game, I have read lots of good things about its sequal. you could look there instead.

***Original Review***

I read many of the reviews for this game but still thought that it would be a good game for myself anyway. At first, it did show promice. A "Starfleet Command" like game for the modern era. Sadly I found the game to be a bit punishing at its normal dificulty.

I still think the premice is good, and I with it's sequal in Early Acsess as of this review (and hopefully the game is being molded by the community because of that), I do hope that the 2nd game is better then the 1st. Sadly though, I must give my disrecomendation for the series' cornerstone.
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 12, 2014
After playing it for a little while I can say the game is a nice little surprise. Graphics are definitely not top-notch, but flying around in your spaceship, destroying baddies, using skills and ships abilities all gives a nice feeling to it. The metacritic score does not do it enough credit.
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34 of 63 people (54%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2013
This is just bad. The controls are clunky, the voice acting is terrible, and man-o-man the graphics. For a game that came out in 2011 it looks like it would have been right at home on a CompUSA shelf in 1998.

If you're looking for a space sim go for X3 if you want single player (that came out 3 years before this but looks like it came out 20 years after it) or for the masochist's out there try EvE Online.
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24 of 44 people (55%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Starpoint Gemini feels.... uncompleted somehow. The voice acting is bad (amateur level voice acting).. Controls are dorky. The game is just... feeling off.

Can't really recommend it... Pick up another game space sim (Recommend Galaxy on Fire 2, I don't own that many space sim but its better in almost every aspect).
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 22, 2014
good game for under a fiver had a good laugh with it
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
35.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
It's boring, unbalanced, and way longer than it should be. I got this on the cheap beacuse it looked liked , and from what some other people said, felt like the old Star Trek Starfleet command games. But it isn't. It's like they got the engine and took out a bunch of fetures that made the game playable.

It's huge guess to know if a subsystem is completely fixed or not.

The hit-boxes are WAY bigger than they should be on objects in space like debris and asteroids. You can be well out of the objects way and still take damage. God help you if you go into the small debris feilds, you just become a space pinball and bounching all over the place and explode, because no matter what speed you do, you take the same amount of damage.

Combat is unbalenced. Some ships abilities are completely OP and/or unless. You can be swarmed so esaily, even in the biggest ship you'll still get killed. And that mostly happens during main missions where they're annoying cutscenes you can skip fast enough.

I did enjpy the Fleelancer aspect of the game but that got old really fast.

Just don't get this game. The second one looks better but I don't know, I haven't bought or played it yet. This game is so bad it's forced me to buy Sins of a Solar Empire Rebellion at full price with DLC just to play a good space related game.

Remember how I said it was long game? 35 hours in and I don't even think I was even close to the end. I can't even be bothered to complete it, or the DLC.
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