Moonpods Starscape blandar gammalt hederligt arkadspel med karaktärsutveckling och en fängslande handling, vilket ger en fördjupad helhetsupplevelse. När större delen av besättningen saknas och vapensystemen är satta ur spel ser det onekligen mörkt ut för rymdforskningsstationen Aegis.
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Utgivningsdatum: 27 mar, 2003
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Moonpods Starscape blandar gammalt hederligt arkadspel med karaktärsutveckling och en fängslande handling, vilket ger en fördjupad helhetsupplevelse.

När större delen av besättningen saknas och vapensystemen är satta ur spel ser det onekligen mörkt ut för rymdforskningsstationen Aegis. Du är den enda piloten som är kvar och måste nu hjälpa till att bygga upp stationens försvar, inhämta utomjordisk teknik och skapa en helt egen uppsättning stridsplan. Genom gruvbrytning på asteroiderna inom dimensionen i The Grid kan du utvinna värdefulla resurser som sedan kan användas till att driva Aegis molekylära masugn och bygga förödande vapen. I de olika noderna stöter du på medarbetare som vill hjälpa dig att ta dig vidare, avslöja de onda archnidernas illvilliga planer och ta reda på varför du och resten av besättningen har hamnat här.

  • Snyggt renderad grafik i 32-bitars färg.
  • 800 x 600 upplösning.
  • Rytmiskt soundtrack och ljudeffekter.
  • Fem olika trådar för vapenteknik att hitta och utforska, varav endast den första är tillgänglig i demoversionen.
  • Fem olika zoner att utforska, varav endast den första är tillgänglig i demoversionen och resten är betydligt större.
  • Gör gemensam sak med vänligt sinnade utomjordingar och utbyt teknik.
  • Styr och skydda din rymdstation samtidigt som ni kämpar sida vid sida.
  • Skapa en egen uppsättning unika rymdstridsplan skräddarsydda efter dina egna specifikationer.
  • Idka gruvdrift på asteroiderna, samla in råmaterial, utforska ny teknik och bygg nya föremål.
  • Hitta de saknade komponenterna, rädda den försvunna besättningen och fly från The Grid.

Systemkrav

    • Operativsystem: Windows
    • Processor: Pentium II 300 MHz eller högre
    • Minne: 128 MB eller mer ledigt systemminne
    • Hårddiskutrymme: 100 MB
    • DirectX-version: DirectX 8 eller högre
    • Grafik: Något grafikkort med 3D-acceleration och minst 32 MB inbyggt minne
    • Ljud: DirectSound-kompatibelt ljudkort
    • Handkontroll: Direct-kompatibel spelkontroll
Hjälpsamma kundrecensioner
5 av 6 personer (83%) fann denna recension hjälpsam
0.3 timmar totalt
Upplagd: 25 juni
Even without the underlying story of fighting aliens, it's surprisingly fun to just shoot at asteroids and collect minerals.
Var denna recension hjälpsam? Ja Nej
3 av 3 personer (100%) fann denna recension hjälpsam
2.4 timmar totalt
Upplagd: 2 november
Played this one before the days of Steam, back when the game was advertised on websites as a banner ad. A classic indie game that deserves a whole lot more attention and love than it got.

Starts off a bit slow with a bit too much dialog I'll admit, but give it time and be patient, and after a while it becomes a really addictive and fast paced action/strategy game. It's like, if Asteroids had an open-ish map where while you're fighting stuff and mining resources in one location, the enemies are doing the same in other locations and taking away your potential resources to build better ships and guns and stuff.

Also, the character art looks like something from deviantART. However, the ships and gameplay graphics look great! It has aged fairly well (but be warned that the max resolution is 800x600 with no widescreen modes!!)

More people need to know about this game. So... go play it or somethin'!
Var denna recension hjälpsam? Ja Nej
3 av 3 personer (100%) fann denna recension hjälpsam
13.5 timmar totalt
Upplagd: 11 oktober
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.
Var denna recension hjälpsam? Ja Nej
7 av 12 personer (58%) fann denna recension hjälpsam
18.3 timmar totalt
Upplagd: 30 juli
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."
Var denna recension hjälpsam? Ja Nej
8 av 10 personer (80%) fann denna recension hjälpsam
28.1 timmar totalt
Upplagd: 11 november, 2013
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!
Var denna recension hjälpsam? Ja Nej
6 av 7 personer (86%) fann denna recension hjälpsam
5.4 timmar totalt
Upplagd: 30 januari
I have seen this game ten years ago. I bought it about five years ago from a non-Steam service and promptly lost the ability to play it. I saw it up on a flash sale and promptly bought it. It is a testament to the game that it's imagery stayed prominent for so long with me. Either way, the game is SPAZ before SPAZ existed. Do not buy it expecting the same polish from a game with a decade of tech advancement inbetween. That said, it's a fun romp through space mining resoruces, builing tech and blasting aliens.
Story is shaping up decent for the first hour of game too. We'll see where it goes.
Var denna recension hjälpsam? Ja Nej
2 av 2 personer (100%) fann denna recension hjälpsam
0.4 timmar totalt
Upplagd: 21 november, 2010
This older game is a more modern take on the classic Asteroids platform. Shoot asteroids, suck up all the resources, use those resources for research and development against aliens, yes aliens!

It's showing it's age with the limited 2D art styles, but as a quick and easy pick-up-and-play for only US$10, it's quite worth the price of admission, especially with the sheer availability you will have on Steam.
Var denna recension hjälpsam? Ja Nej
1 av 1 personer (100%) fann denna recension hjälpsam
Upplagd: 29 september, 2011
Fun game, a little like Space Rangers with a little star control 2 mixed in.
Var denna recension hjälpsam? Ja Nej
3 av 5 personer (60%) fann denna recension hjälpsam
1.0 timmar totalt
Upplagd: 23 mars
Interesting Bosconian / Asteroids space-mining crossover.
Var denna recension hjälpsam? Ja Nej
1 av 2 personer (50%) fann denna recension hjälpsam
7.9 timmar totalt
Upplagd: 5 januari, 2011
Insanely addictive top-down space shooter which reminds me of Armada for the Dreamcast. I'm completely taken with this simple yet fun game. I love the leveling up mechanics, and though grinding meteors for minerals can get tiresome, the combat is challenging enough to make it worthwhile.
Var denna recension hjälpsam? Ja Nej
1 av 4 personer (25%) fann denna recension hjälpsam
14.8 timmar totalt
Upplagd: 19 december, 2013
This was a lot of fun, well designed. Too short.
Var denna recension hjälpsam? Ja Nej
2 av 9 personer (22%) fann denna recension hjälpsam
0.2 timmar totalt
Upplagd: 8 mars, 2013
Don't buy.

- Lots of controller lag
- Only refreshes at about 30fps.
- Joystick support is terrible (no analog support)
Var denna recension hjälpsam? Ja Nej
1 av 8 personer (13%) fann denna recension hjälpsam
25.6 timmar totalt
Upplagd: 11 augusti
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.
Var denna recension hjälpsam? Ja Nej
0 av 6 personer (0%) fann denna recension hjälpsam
6.8 timmar totalt
Upplagd: 29 januari, 2012
Ah Starscape... what's not to love?

Space shooter? Nice.

Physics based handling? Not bad.

Upgradable ship designs? Pretty good!

Lots of semi-interesting characters with a less than vomit-inducing plot? Not great, but it could be worse.

So... what's not to love? Why's this a thumbs down vote?

Well... here's the rub: the handling on your ships is very realistic, but it's slow and clunky. I'm alright with that, normally. It requires some planning of momentum and some good piloting to be competent, and that's fine.

The problem is that the boss battles aren't designed for the controls nor the physics of the game. They assume perfect, pristine, pin-point keyboard turning in rapid order. I'm fine with that if the interface made such a realistic possibility. Unfortunately, starscape's boss battles are like waltzing into the olympics' figure skating event wearing cross country skiis.

It doesn't matter how good you are, the controls simply flat out SUCK for trying to fight the bosses, and player skill seriously only has a very small amount to do with it. Someone with godlike reflexes could theoretically get through in a few tries, but most of your boss battles involve being expected to start moving out of the way before a boss even begins to box you in, without knowing when or where that attack will come from. If your ship were even remotely possible to be set up to cope with that, great, but it's not.

Keyboard turning and physics-based thrust maneuvering simply doesn't work for the style of bosses that Starscape throws at you.

The rest of the game is fun and fine, a few minor nitpicks here and there, but it's good overall... but the act-ending bosses are mandatory, and they suck HARD. I don't mean "it's difficult", I mean it in the sense of "this is one of the worst design decisions I've ever seen anyone ever make... did they even play test this to see if it was fun?".

Any fun you get from the game will be sucked dry as soon as you're stuck in a boss battle, and since the controls and interface flat out aren't up to the task of fighting the bosses, it's going to make you pull your hair out over it. I highly advise staying the hell away from Starscape just in general. Unless you're a masochist, then go right ahead.

Anyway, to stress it again, there's a difference between "difficult" and "bad design and poor UI/controls". Having a ♥♥♥♥ poor interface does not equate to "difficulty", it just equates to being BAD.




Final Verdict:

Not worth it, even if it's on sale for $1. You'll probably break a keyboard that cost more than $1, even if you don't have a history of such, and are a pretty mellow person normally. While the game has lots of really good points to it, and does a lot of stuff very well, it's flaws are gamebreaking. When you put more effort into fighting the game's interface than you do fighting the boss, the game's a bust.


Score: About 35%. It has some really good stuff, but the flaws are devastating and overpower any potential the game had.
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1 av 9 personer (11%) fann denna recension hjälpsam
3.5 timmar totalt
Upplagd: 29 juni, 2013
This is the kind of game where, if they had more of a budget, they could've done really well with. Buuut it's just too repetitive now. Not enough features at all.

Fun story: I actually played the demo of this waaay back when it first came out. At the same time as Massive Assault (which as we all know is a game I absolutely love). I really wanted to get it back then, so I got it on Steam when I heard it existed. While it's not that great a game, I have zero regrets on the matter!
Var denna recension hjälpsam? Ja Nej
1.0 timmar totalt
Upplagd: 6 juli
Sometimes things don't simply go as planned, especially when it comes to experimental Dimension Drives that use the barely contained power of an artificial black hole.
Now the space station known as the Aegis has ended up in an alien dimension with most of its crew missing and a huge chunk of its technology database stolen by a hostile alien race.
Now it is up to you and what little crew that remains onboard the Aegis to try and find the missing crew while also rediscovering technology to give the space station better defenses as well as better weapons and gadgets for your own ship and even new hulls that can hold more and such.
Of course you will need to gather minerals in order to build and research anything, of which there are thankfully plenty of asteroids floating about that may or may not contain the minerals you need in order to improve your arsenal.
Sometimes the aliens will show up all of a sudden while you're gathering minerals and they might have a capital class ship with them that will be holding equipment that you can use on both your ship and the Aegis, of course these ships are much tougher then the smaller fighters and drones so you might want to be extremely cautious in how you approach them.
If you're the type of player who likes to build up a mighty arsenal by doing research and such while also doing mining and stopping an evil alien race, then this is something for you.
Var denna recension hjälpsam? Ja Nej
16.1 timmar totalt
Upplagd: 16 juli, 2013
It's fine. It's fun. It's retro. It's fine retro fun. Just give it a try.
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8.8 timmar totalt
Upplagd: 4 juli, 2011
75/100
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23.0 timmar totalt
Upplagd: 2 oktober, 2011
DirectX 8, 800x600 maximum. The UI is a bit clunky, too. Gameplay is fun and interesting, supports many different kinds of tactics. If you enjoyed Star Control II, or EV Nova, I suspect you would enjoy this game.
Var denna recension hjälpsam? Ja Nej
11.3 timmar totalt
Upplagd: 7 oktober, 2011
Surprising depth of travel and customizations. Customize the weapons on the space station and have it back up your customized ship. Only single player. Tough learning curve on controls. You can see how the graphics are. Well worth 5 bucks. Ten? Maybe, if its your style.
Var denna recension hjälpsam? Ja Nej