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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Mixed (32 reviews) - 68% of the 32 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (5,006 reviews) - 84% of the 5,006 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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pandapandapanda
24.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
The game plays like it's supposed to have player controled combat, but every battle is simulated by the same endlessly repeating combat scenes, while the computer is busy in the background, deciding who won. Extra cheezy.

It was on sale for almost nothing and I still feel like I was overcharged. I wish I could get my money and that twenty minutes of my life back.
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halfking
13.2 hrs
Posted: August 27
It's a good concept, but the battles are just boring. Other features like ship design, which should be interesting, ends up just being tedious.
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USS Normandy
24.2 hrs
Posted: August 24
How Civ in space should be done. Great job.
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✪ hunta
70.5 hrs
Posted: August 21
Endless Space is a 4X space-themed game.
It is a game with a lot of depth to it, and that has its ups and downs.

PROS:
  • Several Factions (and the ability to customize them with traits of your choice)
  • Beautiful graphics
  • AMAZING Soundtrack
  • Different types of victories (Military, Economic, Diplomatic, Scientific, etc.)
  • Several AI difficulties

CONS:
  • Match length can be really exhausting (even though that's normal in 4X games)
  • Few people playing online in open lobbies. If you want to play online, bring friends.
  • Pirate spawns can be extremely annoying if they catch you by surprise

Final Score: 4/5
It's a very fun game to pick up and have fun, but I rarely ever find myself actually finishing matches (online or not)
Nonetheless, I still enjoy playing it ocasionally. If you enjoy strategy/4X games, you'll like this game.
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The Last Fox
16.0 hrs
Posted: August 21
Pros: Concept is good, with good pace and Co-op is a huge advantage.
Con: Battles are underwhelming, even on easy the game is very challenging.


The only reason why I give this game a negative is because I came to this game from stardrive 2 which does the same things as Endless Space but does it way better for way cheeper.
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kpinchon
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 20
seems cool
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Tweedledumb
85.2 hrs
Posted: August 20
I was motivated to write this review by a recent negative review!

This game is simply great - sure it's 4 years old but it is one of the best 4X games I have ever played.

The rule book is less than clear and on things like trading and influence you may have to Google a few things, but it is an amazing. immersive, just-one-more-turn, kind of experience.

Looking forward to Endless Legend, by the same folks, and Endless Space 2.

Highly recommended.
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Quantum Weeb
87.3 hrs
Posted: August 19
A fantastic game that is well worth the money. Some things, like combat, could obviously be improved, but the game is still great on the whole.
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That Feel When
98.3 hrs
Posted: August 15
I've played ~100 hours in this game and now I can definitely say you: it is a totally boring piece of garbage. Thanks.
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Malic
14.6 hrs
Posted: August 13
I like strategy games for the fighting be it turn based or RTS, however this games warfare mechanics leave you with little to no control. Effectivly making this more of a complex Auralux like strategy game then a game in which the player can turn the tides by simply haveing a better strategy.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
281.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
This is an excellent 4x game, one of the best in the genre. It's easily worth the price.

+:

The tech tree is branching and complex, allowing for a great diversity in playthroughs and lots of replay value.

The UI is intuitive and thoughtful, especially the solar system management. Looks great too.

The races are diverse and unique.

The AI offers plenty of challenge.

The ship combat system is simple (some would say simplistic), but it offers a greater level of control than other popular space 4x titles.

The music and ambience is calming.

The DLC is a total revamp of the tech tree, offering what almost feels almost like a new game. Great value here.

-:

No ability to customize ship appearance.

No RTS-style direct control over ship combat.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
70.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Endless Space is a 4X space-themed game.
It is a game with a lot of depth to it, and that has its ups and downs.

PROS:
  • Several Factions (and the ability to customize them with traits of your choice)
  • Beautiful graphics
  • AMAZING Soundtrack
  • Different types of victories (Military, Economic, Diplomatic, Scientific, etc.)
  • Several AI difficulties

CONS:
  • Match length can be really exhausting (even though that's normal in 4X games)
  • Few people playing online in open lobbies. If you want to play online, bring friends.
  • Pirate spawns can be extremely annoying if they catch you by surprise

Final Score: 4/5
It's a very fun game to pick up and have fun, but I rarely ever find myself actually finishing matches (online or not)
Nonetheless, I still enjoy playing it ocasionally. If you enjoy strategy/4X games, you'll like this game.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
88.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Quite good space 4X with, as you'd expect, a steep learning curve. A few too many elements are random for my tastes but overall it's a solid game.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Endless Space is a complex, and beautiful 4X strategy game that draws natural comparisons to games like Sins of a Solar Empire (Endless Legend, possibly Civ). If you don't like having to spend possibly hundreds of hours exploring tech trees, managing morale, supply lines, and configuring ship outfits this game isn't for you.

My one gripe (with most 4X games for that matter) is that the pace is often (intentionally) slow. Even after learning the mechanics; skirmishes against AI will take multiple hours. This is fine if you plan on casually playing a game over the course of days/weeks/months (which I'm told many people do), but in many cases the larger strategy (i.e. any of the 'X's) will largely overwhelm the rest of the game, to the point that most tactical aspects will feel mechanical, which leads to a lot of largely unfulfilling early games (which will burn 10-50 hours).

If you appreciate the zen of turn-based strategy, you'll love this--and for the money, playing this game is effectively identical to Endless Legend (which I believe is currently more expensive).
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19 of 32 people (59%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
5/10

I wanted to like this so much. It is almost painful to give it a thumbs down. There is so much in this game that is so close to making it really good, and really this is not so much of a thumbs down as it is just not a thumbs up.

So, where to start...

This is, as you should know, a 4x space game but there in lies one of the first problems with it. It is a 4x game "light" IMO. The game takes the approach of making many aspects of a 4x game and automating them. The combat is completely automated, there is mostly no colony management outside of setting a tax rate and building que, there is no real desicion making in research other then to just get it all, there is little to no diplomacy other than war/peace, and there is no espionage.
Overall, while this makes the game a bit more casual and easier for newer players to understand, after multiple games and hours of play time everything just kinda falls flat. And honestly, I wouldn't have minded all this so much if the rest of the game was there as well. This is not a bad game, by any means. For what is there, it is polished, beautiful, the music is nice, the lore is interesting and the game does a great job of pulling you in and making you want to play it. But once you get past that intial love, you realize there is not anything else there. It is super shallow and after a few games it becomes very repetitive.

The worst offender in the game and what possible pushed it down for me was the combat mechanics. Let's face it, most 4x games result in lots of combat and this one is definitely no different. However, the mechanics of how they work in this game make them very uninspired, bland, and does nothing to reward the player for being smart or playing better. See the main problem with the combat is all combat is done through ship fleets. A fleet can have a certain amount of "Points" of ships in them. The bigger the ship is the more points it is. You can gain more point maximum per fleet through research and racial traits. Actual combat is all done 1 fleet vs 1 fleet at a time and is all automated, winning is simply a numbers game that compares fleet defense number vs enemy attacking number. So what this boils all down to is the empire that can have the most points of ships in each fleet has a huge advantage simply because they have more of everything. Since combat is all automated there is no tactical advantage for smaller faster ships or ambushes or any battle tactics whatsoever. It is all just a numbers game and who can have the biggest number. Unfortunately, this carries over to the rest of the game because what this means is that once you get past the initial exploring part of the game all you will ever do is build ships non stop and throw them at the enemy and whomever can build them fastest with larger fleets wins.

This is also exactly all the AI does as well. So once war is engaged, and it always will in most 4x games, it becomes a sluggish slog that becomes very boring very quickly. This is were the rest of the shallowness starts becoming very apparent as with other 4x games you may be able to start other tactics, whether diplomatic, espionage, etc to help move the combat and war along. Unfortunately in Endless Space there is no other tactics, and there is no other option other then to just slog it out, or simply stop playing. Which was what I did.

As with so many 4x games in recent memory, Endless Space fails to build upon earlier games that were far superior. The developers, for whatever reason, failed to learn what made those games popular and whom, by many, are still considered the best of the genre, even some 10-15 years later. Yes, the graphics are better, the sound is better, the ships are cooler, and the lore is engaging, but 4x games require more then that. So I cannot recommend this game, there are just simply better games out there of this stype and style.

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
87.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
A fantastic game that is well worth the money. Some things, like combat, could obviously be improved, but the game is still great on the whole.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
A fun game with long matches and a steep learning curve. Cool ship designs, Love the multiple upgrade paths.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Endless Space is a very interesting and beautiful 4x game.
Get the DLC if you're going to buy it, though
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
85.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
I was motivated to write this review by a recent negative review!

This game is simply great - sure it's 4 years old but it is one of the best 4X games I have ever played.

The rule book is less than clear and on things like trading and influence you may have to Google a few things, but it is an amazing. immersive, just-one-more-turn, kind of experience.

Looking forward to Endless Legend, by the same folks, and Endless Space 2.

Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
How Civ in space should be done. Great job.
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