Endless Space is a turn-based 4X strategy game, covering the space colonization age in the Endless universe, where you can control every aspect of your civilization as you strive for galactic dominion.
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Release Date: Jul 4, 2012

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“Endless Space is smart, polished and intelligent game of countless permutations. Its strength lies in how carefully and how cleverly it's balanced, as well as how it rewards all kinds of playing styles. We haven't seen a strategy game quite like this in a while.”
8/10 – IGN

“In case it's not yet clear: go for it. If you are an experienced player, go for it. You are rather inexperienced with the 4X genre and it frightens you? Go for it.”
9/10 – FactorNews

“For a first game, it is surprisingly complex, demanding and motivating.”
82% – GameStar

About This Game



This galaxy is ancient, and its first intelligent life was the civilization we call the Endless. Long before our eyes gazed upon the stars they flew between them, though all that remains of this people is what we call Dust. A substance found scattered or in forgotten temples, it once gave powers to admirals and galactic governors. The galaxy will belong to the faction that can take control of the Dust and uncover its secrets…

A Born Leader

Guide one of eight civilizations as you strive for galactic dominion. Will you control the entire galaxy through subtle trade and diplomacy, explore every corner of the universe to find powerful artifacts and resources, overwhelm other civilizations with your advanced technologies, or destroy your enemies with massive armadas?


Endless Discoveries

With hundreds of star systems to explore, different planet types, luxuries and strategic resources to exploit, the mysteries within the Dust to master and a host of strange scientific phenomena to deal with, the player will have no lack of challenges. Hire heroes to become fleet admirals or system governors and discover five hero classes and their unique ability trees and specializations.


Space Opera

Experience Endless Space with state-of-the-art graphics and interface, switch between strategic battle decisions and long-term planning. Optimize each fleet for epic battles around contested stars. Create the perfect combinations from dozens of unique ships per civilization. Customize your ship with modules, armament, engines and special mods. The player has a plethora of choices of how to best destroy or dissuade his enemy.


Take on the Universe

Play against up to seven opponents and build up – or break – alliances at will. Discover an innovative and dynamic simultaneous turn-based gameplay. Permit instant jump-in for your ongoing online games. Define your own custom civilizations and confront the ones created by your friends.


Endless Replayability

Control every new game’s scope, from a quick match-up to an endless war. Generate an infinity of random galaxies where every start begins a new adventure. Modify the size, shape, density, age and a lot more to create your ideal galaxy. Choose from different victory conditions and adapt your strategy on the fly.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP SP3 / Vista / 7
    • Processor:Core 2 Duo Processor or Equivalent
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256 MB DX9 Compliant
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9 Compatible Audio
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows XP SP3 / Vista / 7
    • Processor:Core i5/i7 or equivalent
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB DX9 Compliant with PS 3.0 support
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9 Compatible Audio
    Minimum:
    • OS: MAC OS X 10.6.7 or higher.
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memory: 2GB
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon 2400 or higher / NVIDIA 8600M or higher / Intel HD Graphics 3000
    • Hard Drive: 2GB
    Recommended:
    • OS:MAC OS X 10.6.7 or higher.
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo Processor (2GHz or better)
    • Memory: 4GB
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon 2400 or higher / NVIDIA 8600M or higher / Intel HD Graphics 3000
    • Hard Drive: 2GB
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AJ1AJ
( 25.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
> had the game in my inventory
> decided to play one day for one hour at night
> started up a game with a decent looking class that i liked the stats of
> decided to hate the game because it felt too slow (i never played turn based games before)
> Slept for a few hours and then went straight back to playing
> played the whole of the next day to try to win this one game i started
> fails and the first team to win was another team
> my allies leave me in disagreement of starting a war with the ones who won
> in revenge kills this race of aliens
> old allies request peace and accepted.
> peace treaty with allies is removed due to me having high threat with such a high score.
> starts to take over them too.
> finished researching tech tree
> finally finishes well into the morning of the next day with supremacy victory (victory in every section of the game?)
> looks at the class i chose and realised it was the DLC's class not a normal class
> looks at playtime and realises it was 26 hrs of almost solid gameplay just to finish one game
> ...
> Then remembers that this was on newbie difficulty...
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natertaters7
( 76.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
played game about a hundred times against friend, lost every time. Played again recently and won by gaining a lot of friends. Message?
Friendship is magic
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Pex
( 35.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Score: 7.5 out of 10.

Warning: Not game for everyone - you really need to be into 4X space strategies to appreciate this game.

Pros:

- Multiple playable factions with different characteristics
- Replaying value
- Multiple ways of achieving victory
- You can design your own ships to suit your style of play
- Very interesting beginning, with exploration, random events, etc

Cons:

- Poor tutorial (only written one) - it took me a few restarts to figure our best way to proceed
- Poor AI (for example, to get me to agree to cease fire, AI gave me enough star stystems to achive Expansion victory)
- After you get the upper hand against AI opponents, game turns into slow grinding to finish it
- Too random start

Conclusion: On sale, a good value for money, but I wouldn't pay full price for it.
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Echo)))
( 16.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Bourght this little gem for under $10.

Great value space time continum killer.
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Spirit Eagle
( 20.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
SPACE BATTLES ARE AMAZING! It's really fun with friends, where everyone is in alliance and then all of a sudden, chaos ensues and we're beating eachother senseless, er endlessly as some say
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VAPE NATION VΛ
( 133.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
It's a quality game, but like most all Civ like games, the AI suffers. The problem with this one is that it's like a game of constatn whack-a-mole. If you are being invaded, you can't just fight the enemy fleet and win. They will retreat every time, and send 5-10 small sized fleets to constantly harass you. Basically, it's not fun and fruststaing and pointless combat mechanics. Especially if you are playing a defensive empire and aren't the one the attack.
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Darkco
( 55.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Great Game
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©#@м¶@9₪3
( 41.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
If you cant make a game that doesnt run on basic systems then dont bother.

DO NOT BUY THIS GAME devs have not fixed a game breaking bug that prevents the program from starting normally.

waste of money
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( 25.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
I am not only a huge fan of 4x games, but I absolutely love the scifi genre. I was quite excited to play this game but unfortunately I was disappointed in the final product.

While the game is entertaining, my largest complaint is content. The tech trees are are very similar, and there really just isn't much to the game. I expect my 4x games to last 30-40 hours at the very least for each playthrough. Games in Endless Space are usually over in a matter of hours, even on the largest of maps. The battle system is extremely boring and not very tactical at all, so after the first few playthroughs I would just select my cards and auto resolve the battles.

Having bought it on sale for a steep discount, I can feel that I got my money's worth out of it, but it just doesn't hold my interest the way other 4x titles have. It simply just doesn't have the content to compete with other titles in the genre.
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SystemError514
( 31.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
I still don't have enough time in this game to make a proper review. I will update this soon.
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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Product received for free
"A Civilizations-like game in Space"

Endless Space is a Strategy 4X turn based game which takes place in Space (as its name implies). It uses a system pretty similar to the one we found in the well known and successful series of "Civilizations" in a pretty pleasant way. The game is highly recommended for multiplayer use!

Due to the many similarities this game has with the "Civs" games and their renown, i will try to compare the traits and the system of Endless Space with the ones you can find in the Civs games.

You are the ruler of a Space Civilization. There are 11 Civilizations to pick and each one has its own traits and advantages. Your goal is to dominate on every other civilization of the Galaxy. There are 8 types of Victory: Expansion Victory, Supremacy Victory, Scientific Victory, Economic Victory, Diplomatic Victory, Wonder Victory, Score Victory, Default Victory. You can decide which type of Victory you wish to achieve before every game.

You conquer the galaxy by colonizing Star Systems. Each Star System holds up to 6 diverse planets. In the beginning you can colonize only specific planet types and move only to close to you Star Systems. Stars are connected by cosmic strings, natural links which allow fast travel. Later and through the new technologies you discover, you gain the ability to expand on every planet type and travel in the far away Star Systems.

In order to achieve your Victory you will need a strong economy before anything else. There are 4 "resources" your civilization produces which are called FIDS. That is Food, Industry, Dust, and Science. Food is necessary for your citizens and you need it for your expansion, Industry is necessary for the creation of buildings and space ships, Dust is the "currency" every Civilization uses and finally Science is necessary for the discovery of new technologies. Apart from the FIDS there are also the Luxury Resources which offers bonuses to your economy and the Strategic Resources which allow you to build improvements for your space ships.

After your economy, you will need to take care of your Scientific progress. Similarly to "Civilizations", you have a Tech tree with 4 branches: Galactic Warfare, Applied Sciences, Diplomacy and Trading, Exploration and Expansion. Each branch includes different types of technologies. You shall decide the pattern your Empire wish to follow and invest on that path. (Hint: Investing on every branch equally is a sound strategy for new players) With every new technology you discover, you unlock new parts for your space ships, new Strategic and Luxury Resources, new buildings and new ways to make every planet type habitable.

Then there are the Space Ships. There are different types of Space Ships, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. A very unique trait of the game is the ability to choose the parts and modules you want for your Space Ships. You can create spaceship templates based on the current technological advancement, your needs and your plans. Just pick the parts and modules you want, pick a name for the template and watch it being used in the battle.

Another important factor is Diplomacy. As it happens in the Civs games, you can interact with your opponents with a panel of Negotiations. Through that panel you can arrange Trade agreements, exchange technologies or discuss your diplomatic status with them.

Now, unlike the Civs games, Endless Space has "Heroes". The Academy is where you hire or manage Heroes, powerful characters who can greatly improve the efficiency of your Star Systems and fleets. The Academy is separated into two parts: the management of active Heroes and the recruitment of new Heroes. Through time and battles your Heroes will level up in order to acquire more traits. Each Hero is different from the others and the traits he can acquire are also different.

As mentioned in the beginning, Endless Space is a turn based Strategy game. This means that you have plenty of time to plan and think your actions. Once you have completed all your actions for the turn, you can press the end-turn button in the lower right corner to advance constructions and research as well as move ships and fleets.

All in all i would give it an


8/10


due to the fact that the game lacks a tutorial. Even though it is very pleasant once you learn it, you have to spend many hours reading guides and watching videos if you wish to understand the basics and win a game. For instance, i had to read a couple of guides and watch a few videos before i am able to begin the game with chances to beat the Al opponents. It does have a tutorial to be honest but all it does is to explain how the buttons of the game work.

I liked the feeling it you get from it when you advance to the mid game where each Civilization has occupied its territory and is now trying to find friends and foes. It is pretty similar to the feeling you get from playing Civs at the same phase of the game and this is why i would recommend it!

I would like to give it a 10/10 but i cannot because i had to waste so many hours to search by myself about the game mechanics, features and style. As a strategy game lover, i expect from the Devs to show me how their game works. I want my only concern to be the strategy i use, not to worry about whether or not i have forgotten to use a feature of the game or if the Al is taking advantage of a mechanism i am ignoring. I have not met any other drawback in the game so far, i liked it a lot and i see myself playing it for many hours but the tutorial alone is enough to refrain me from giving it a 10/10.

Civilizations Beyond Earth was an attempt to bring the Civs game into Space and it pretty much failed. So, if you are looking for a Civ like game which fills that gap, consider to grab Endless Space. Space is Endless and so is the replay value of this game. I strongly recommend it to every strategy fan enjoys space travels and battles in foreign and unexplored worlds!

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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
197.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
So I bought Stellaris a month or so ago and liked it. Have always been a fan of 4X playing Civilization and similar games. I enjoyed Stellaris, but it wasn't exactly everything I want. I read about Endless Space and figured I would give it a try. It is quite simply an amazing game. Very well done with tons of replay value. I highly recommend this game for anyone who is a fan of 4X. The ability to customize your faction sets this apart from both Stellaris and Civilization in my opinion.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
54.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
1. Purchase Endless Space EE during summer sale
2. Play first match as Pilgrims
3. Get butchered by Hissho
4. Start new match as Vaulters
5. Butcher the Hissho
6. Start new match with custom race; Sophons affinity, Sowers traits, Horatio appearance
7. Name new race after myself
8. Make the universe great again
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
132.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
The AI can trouble you for houres until you get used to it.
fun 4x game
nice ambience
nice soundtrack
lovely combat scenes
worth the price

this franchise could be extended by DLCs or so on. iread something Endless space2 is about to come out now after years.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
76.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
played game about a hundred times against friend, lost every time. Played again recently and won by gaining a lot of friends. Message?
Friendship is magic
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Cool game like MOO2 or Civilization in Space.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
80.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
This is a great game that I recommend anyone who likes this type of game to buy, I have only one headache that every time I see it just makes me want to scream "WHY DO THIS?!?!?!?" at my monitor and that is the Hero system. Whoever designed them to be both useful on the ground and in space should have been dragged out the back of teh office and beaten with a stick till this was changed, as it cuts the usefulness of most of them in half. Having ones for space and ones for the ground would have made this game a lot more enjoyable than it is for me as I find i have to keep quitting and restarting the game around 5-10 times each time I want to start a new game so that I get at least 1 ground based Hero to begin with, but yeah other than that small headache the game is great :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
I'm no expert on 4x games...

That being said, I got this on release and enjoyed it quite a lot, it's immersive, makes use of a nice setting with neat races and the gameplay was fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
232.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
By far the best 4x game I've played in many many years. Has infinite replayability and massive depth. The only down side is space battles take a bit of getting used to and involve a very heavy pinch of luck.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
115.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
Bought the Amplitude bundle
Played all three games
Overwhelmed by the tutorials
Alt+F4
Never planned to touch them again
Endless Space caught my attention again after a year
Endured through the tutorial
Realized it wasn't bad after all
Played as Harmony Faction in the first game (Bad Idea)
Tried Every Other Factions
Amoeba and Sowers seemed to coincide with my strategy
Won twice with the said factions
Played as Hissho
Dominated the game
After 80+ hours realized I was doing the same thing with every game and win with same Victory type
Rated the game above Beyond Earth but way below Sins of the Solar Empire Rebellion
Game Recommend for Space Fans
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