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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Very Positive (4,784 reviews) - 84% of the 4,784 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 4, 2012

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January 21

The Endless Day has returned



Hi all,

The Endless Day has returned! :) We're celebrating today our studio's 5th anniversary with in-game events, tons of giveaways on Twitter, a special live stream and an office party!


Play Endless Legend, Dungeon of the Endless and Endless Space before Monday, January 25 to discover and permanently unlock rare Steam achievements or play with Tarosh the Archivist in each game. For more information, check out this FAQ:


ENDLESS DAY SPECIAL CONTENT - SPOILER ALERT

ENDLESS SPACE
  • How to unlock the Emlek Tarosh hero: you need to start a new game of Endless Space (make sure you have disabled your mods if you are playing with any), before January 25th (end of the event). If you manage to do so, the hero will be unlocked for your future games once the event is over.
  • To unlock the “Endless Day” achievement: win a game in “Endless” difficulty, started between January 21st and January 25th, but completed at any time.

DUNGEON OF THE ENDLESS
  • How to unlock the archivist, Esseb Tarosh: you need to start a new game of Dungeon of the Endless. The hero will be available in your pool right away, for the duration of the event. Like any other heroes in DotE, you need to survive at least three floors with the hero or finish the game with it. If you manage to do so, once the event ends, you will be able to keep the Esseb Tarosh in your pool of heroes.
  • How to unlock the “Endless Day” achievement: you need to start a new game in any difficulty, hire the archivist hero and keep it alive, and complete the game. Make sure you start and complete a game between January 21st and January 25th in order to get the achievement.

ENDLESS LEGEND
  • How to unlock the Eslek Tarosh hero and the “Endless Day” achievement: you need to start a new game of Endless Legend (make sure you have disabled your mods if you are playing with any), before January 25th (end of the event!). Once you have built your first city, a new quest will appear: “Day of the Awakening”. Complete it and you will unlock the new hero and the Steam achievement.

TWITTER GIVEAWAYS
Twitter giveaways will be taking place all day long on Twitter. Follow us on Twitter (@Amplitude) for a chance to win Steam keys for all our games and a great Endless goodies package! This event starts at 10am CET, and we plan to continue giving keys away throughout the whole day! So stay tuned, and good luck!


MEZARI
As a thank you for being part of our community, we will be unlocking the Mezari faction (Vaulters faction skin) for everyone in Endless Legend!


LIVESTREAM
Don't miss our Live Stream, starting at 4pm CET with Mathieu & Romain, our co-founders! They'll discuss the studio's recent achievements, give updates on current projects, and drop hints about what comes next. Follow us on Twitch and be sure to tune in!


BEER2GETHER
A Beer2Gether event will be taking place over at our studio in Paris. There's no more room for this one, sorry, be sure to be among the first to register next week to be able to visit us!


The Endless Day events conclude on January 25th at 12am CET. Achievement hunters, make sure to get them before then!


~Amplitude Studios

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Reviews

“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
Helpful customer reviews
51 of 56 people (91%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
300.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
ENG version first, RUS version is below.
Сначала по-английски, потом то же самое по-русски.
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TLDR: Excellent turn-based 4X strategy!

PROS:
• good graphics and user-friendly interface;
• 12 races with rather noticeable differences;
• extensive research tree with 4 directions of development;
• interesting colonization and development of star systems that have different characteristics;
• powerful ships editor;
• unique system of spaceship battles;
• you can win in different ways;
• great potential of replayability;
• though AI is not perfect (but where he is?), however it's reasonable enough;
SO-SO (someone may not like it):
• diplomatic actions are not multifarious;
• management of a vast empire takes a long time;
• complete party is also very long;
CONS:
• during the second half of the game the technologies begins to be studied very quickly, so there are no time / sense to build novelty;
• AI sometimes takes strange decisions in diplomacy as well as slowly reacts on changes in the configurations of the fleets during the war;
• high-level heroes are too powerful and AI again is not capable to develop them in the right way;

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Отличная пошаговая 4Х стратегия!

ПЛЮСЫ:
• хорошая графика, удобный интерфейс;
• 12 рас с довольно-таки заметными отличиями;
• обширное дерево исследований с 4 направлениями развития;
• интересно колонизировать и развивать миры, имеющие различные особенности;
• мощный редактор кораблей;
• своеобразная система космических сражений;
• победить можно различными способами;
• большой потенциал replayability;
• ИИ хоть и не идеален (да и где он такой?) но вполне разумно действует;
НЕ МИНУСЫ для меня, но кому-то может не понравиться:
• дипломатических действий совсем немного;
• менеджмент обширной империи занимает долгое время;
• полная партия тоже весьма длительная;
НЕДОСТАТКИ:
• во второй половине игры технологии начинают изучаться уж очень быстро — строить новое уже не успеваешь / нет смысла;
• ИИ иногда принимает странные решения в дипломатии и недостаточно быстро реагирует на изменения конфигураций флота во время войны;
• прокачанные герои слишком мощные, чем опять же не умеет пользоваться ИИ;
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21 of 21 people (100%) found this review helpful
36.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2015
Endless Space is a game for people with patience and interest in complex mechanics, not unlike Galactic Civilizations. As a 4X game, it succeeds and holds its own well. The AI works the systems and the difficulties scale well as you learn the game. If turn-based, steep learning curve games don't scare you then you should at least put this on your Wishlist.

Before giving up in frustration, there are some key mechanics to understand.

Combat - You choose 'cards' in each of three combat phases, and set formations and tactics before starting the fight. If you choose to 'Auto' the battle, it plays out exactly as it would if you were watching but without being able to shift your card selection. Sitting through the fight in 'Manual' lets you see the destruction and alter your selected card for the next phase if you want to. The cards can counter opponent cards and/or simply provide combat bonuses. Combat mechanics aren't clearly described and can be confusing - the most important aspect is the relationship between ship size, defense, and weapon damage. Late game AI ship builds will push you to have a good understanding of how to defeat them mechanically.

Ship builds - Ship building is fairly tame and comes down to adding categories of stats. Ship builds generally stick to themes - the "Tank", the "Glass Cannon", and the "Planet Destroyer". Trying to create balanced ships early in the game can work, but later they become a liability and it's better to shift to a strategy that involves either making a lot of small glass cannons or a massive tank backed by serious firepower. Space limitations in each of the 6 chassis types means ships never get insane statistics on their own.

Growth - Colonization is key to conquest and can be tricky to understand at first. It can be hard to balance happiness, taxes, and production - but with a few key techs it's easy to shift into overdrive and expand as quickly as the AI does. The combat and conquest does suffer from grinding, especially later in the game, but that seems a common theme is in every 4X game and is expected.

Overall, this is a worthwhile 4X strategy title and is recommended for lovers of the genre.
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30 of 50 people (60%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
A decent enough game at first, this 4X game really only has 3X's. The X it lacks, is eXtermination. Technology research, colony management, exploration, and spaceship design are all comparable to other space 4X games. You don't really know what is missing until you start fighting with the other races. There is absolutely no way to win consistently in space combat because battles are basically just a comparison of fleet size and strength with some modifiers thrown in based on the results of a pre-combat game of paper, rock, scissors. Forget all the other 4X games out there where you can command individual units and beat the enemy fleet with strategy and tactics. You pretty much just pick 3 tactics from a list and then passively watch the battle happen.
The computer is an amazing empire manager, so even on normal difficulty, you will find yourself at a distinct disadvantage in terms of technology and military strength when you encounter the enemy races. Once the galaxy gets divided up, wars are slow, boring, and repetitious processes of attrition. The end result is a game where any way the human player can gain an advantage by using their brain has been removed.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
192.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
PROS

- Unique and interesting playable factions with a robust suite of options for creating your own.
- Great art design and graphics that still hold up well. Massive battles between fleets of ships are especially impressive.
- So many ways to be "hands on" with your empire such as building your own custom military units and battle plans.
- Very well thought systems for colonization and development of your systems and planets.
- An interesting tech tree that doesn't feel copied and pasted from similar games.
- A more exciting late game than a lot of similar games.

CONS

- Less than stellar AI. There are mods that make it a little more interesting but for the most part it's not amazing.
- High learning curve. Even if you've played games like Civilization before, there's a lot of different systems to learn here.


Overall it's an excellent game that holds up wonderfully against similar games. Endless Legend, the kind-of sequel to this game is also excellent and worth checking out if you want an experience a little closer to tile based games like Civ.
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14 of 23 people (61%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2015
Once you get past the steep learning curve and reaaly adjust to what this game is all about, it is probably one of the best 4x space games I have ever encountered.
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