Moonpod's Starscape mixes old school arcade game play values with characterization and an involving plot to deepen the whole experience. With most of its crew missing and its weapons systems ruined, the space research station Aegis is all but lost.
User reviews: Positive (30 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 27, 2003
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Moonpod's Starscape mixes old school arcade game play values with characterization and an involving plot to deepen the whole experience.

With most of its crew missing and its weapons systems ruined, the space research station Aegis is all but lost. As the last remaining pilot you must help rebuild the station's defenses, acquire alien technology and create your own uniquely configured set of fighters. By mining the asteroids within the grid dimension, valuable resources can be harvested to fuel the Aegis's molecular furnace to build devastating weaponry. Within the nodes of the grid you will encounter allies to aid in the struggle to escape, uncover the terrible purpose of the evil Archnid race and learn why you and the rest of the crew were brought here.

  • Beautifully rendered 32bit colour graphics
  • 800x600 resolution
  • Thumping music sound track and sound effects
  • Five different weapon technology threads to find and research, only the first is available in the demo
  • Five different zones to explore, only the first is available in the demo and the rest are much much bigger
  • Make alliances with friendly aliens and trade technology
  • Direct and protect your space station as it fights alongside you
  • Create your own "garage" of unique space fighters tailored to your own specifications
  • Mine the asteroids, gather raw elements, research new technologies and build new items
  • Recover the missing drive components and rescue your missing crewmates before escaping "The Grid".

System Requirements

    • Supported OS: Windows
    • Processor: Pentium II 300 MHz or higher
    • Memory: 128Mb or more free system memory
    • Hard disk space: 100Mb
    • DirectX version: DirectX 8 or higher
    • Video: Any Hardware 3D graphics accelerator with 32Mb or more of onboard memory
    • Sound: Any DirectSound compatible soundcard
    • Controller: Any Direct compatible pad
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Even without the underlying story of fighting aliens, it's surprisingly fun to just shoot at asteroids and collect minerals.
Posted: June 25
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
18.3 hrs on record
This is actually a really fun game at first, when you are first upgrading and manipulating your ship. You can make missile boats, blaster-based ships, you get option drones to fire when you shoot, and so on. Mining is actually somewhat interesting to fool around with early on.

It, however, gets repetitive, starting with mining, and then upgrading, and finally the combat. The final ship components cause all end-game ships to look the same, and the final boss has a stupid mechanic which requires you to either have a way more responsive ship than the game gives you, or to angle a shot in a way that gives you a generally unsatisfying win because you didn't do the high-agility maneuvers that it feels like you should do. It caps the game off with not even allowing you to have a solid victory in the final "cutscene."

Overall, a good 75% of a game marred by an overly repetitive final zone. If you don't mind this, and the late 90s graphics, go ahead and get it! It's actually pretty fun, reminiscent of Asteroids with an upgradeable ship and uh, better graphics, though still a far cry from anything you'd call "modern."
Posted: July 30
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Interesting mix of shoot'em-up bullet hell games and 4X strategy. You can explore the Universe, fight through thousands of various enemy units, research new technologies, build a lot of stuff and experience the storyline, something that 4X games usually lack. The music is awesome, too.
However, the storyline itself is somewhat shallow, character depth is nonexistent, and the game only runs at 640x480 and 800x600, forcing you to play in Windowed mode, if you have a 16:9 monitor.
Overall, it's a great game, which I played for around 30 hours outside of Steam, and 13 more hours here. It's not worth the full price of 10 dollars/euros, because it's outdated, but you should definitely grab it during the sale.
Posted: October 11
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
25.6 hrs on record
Basically Starscape is somewhat fun, and I played through it a long time before I got it on steam, then I played half through and the past days I finished it. The game has nice mechanics, but it is repetitive. The story could be interesting, but somehow isn't really in the end.

There are only 2 things which really bother me about it.
1: The resolution is limited to 800x600, which brings a lot of problems on newer hardware, and that resolution even bothered me way back then.

2: There are achievements for finishing the game on Easy, Normal and Hard. As opposed to common sense, finishing hard does not give the other 2 achievements as well, so you'd need 3 playthroughs to get all achievements, which is ridiculous.
If someone has endgame saves for easy and normal, please take a look at the discussion section of this game, it'd be cool to have thos 3 saves here so the achievements could be achieved properly.

So yeah, with those flaws and after all this time it's jut not worth 10€ anymore. If it's ever on sale again you might consider grabbing it if the points above don't put you off.
Posted: August 11
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
28.1 hrs on record
Awesome game. Makes for a decent 4X style game. Can't really expand your ownings, but can research and ugprade equipment, explore the place, mine materials to improve your odds.
Very very fun, got 21 hours into it and a year later I'm coming back to play some more!
Posted: November 11, 2013
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