As a space bear, human or any other race, venture forth into the galaxy, create custom ships, conquer new worlds, build new colonies and defend your very existence against those who would take what is yours.
User reviews: Mixed (713 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 26, 2013
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Recommended By Curators

"Another 4X game. A bit old by now but a really nice one as well. Re-imagines a lot of the features from Master of Orion series and has space bears!"

Reviews

“When you finally uncover the secrets to ancient alien technology or build a frigate that wins a deep space battle, StarDrive provides a sense of accomplishment few games can.”
73 – GameInformer

“Some omissions and flaws, but balanced by excellent alien races and ship design. A welcome addition to the crew.”
78 – PC Gamer

“I love that StarDrive’s master lists of ships and planets can be sorted by any column, making it easy to find the largest nearby planet or ships in your fleet that are costing you the most in maintenance.”
70 – Machinima

About This Game

StarDrive sets a new benchmark for the ‘4X Space Strategy’ genre. Starting with a single planet and a small number of space-worthy vessels, you must venture forth into the galaxy, conquer new worlds, build new colonies and defend your very existence against those who would take what is yours. How you play is your decision. Use diplomacy or brute force. Trade, spy and research your way to galactic domination. Make friends, or create mortal enemies…


The heart of StarDrive is its ship design and combat engine.


StarDrive takes a modular approach to ship design, allowing the player to create custom ships where the composition and placement of ship modules really matters to the performance of a ship.. In combat, if your portside armour is taking a beating, then rotate around and show them the starboard side! Hide behind a friendly capital ship’s shields; warp into and out of the fray, launch fighters, lay mines, and so much more.

Key Features


  • Real time gameplay with a seamless zoom from a grand strategic view to a close-up action view
  • Choose from 8 beautifully rendered alien races or design your own to lead into the stars; interact, negotiate and forge allegiances on your way to victory
  • Expand your empire and colonize all kinds of planets, terraform and populate them and build them into specialized centers of trade or industry
  • Research and unlock an array of technologies to improve your military and industrial capabilities
  • Control your ships with classic real time strategy commands or jump into the fray by taking direct ‘arcade’ control of any ship in your empire
  • Create your unique ship designs with the modular ship design system and determine your own fate in battle
  • Create custom fleet formations and set rules of engagement in the easy-to-use fleet editor
  • Steal technologies, incite rebellions, or rob your enemies blind with a rich agent-based espionage system
  • Deploy ground troops from orbit to defeat the enemies’ last planetary defenses in ground combat
  • Explore the rich universe that comes alive with random events, remnant elements, hidden treasures, deep space terrors and late-game threats

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
    • Memory:3 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Additional:Please Note: integrated Intel graphic card/chips not supported
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:2.4 GHz Dual Core Processor or Better
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900 or better
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • Additional:Please Note: integrated Intel graphic card/chips not supported
Helpful customer reviews
20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
This game was never actually finished before it was abandoned by the developer so that he could start work on a second game. The store page continued to promote features that were never implemented for months after it was clear that they were never going to be added to the game. Making matters worse, the developer has demonstrated extremely bad judgment when interacting with customers that shows a lack of professionalism. This combined with a loyal but rabid fan base make this game a toxic property that is best avoided.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
27.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
StarDrive has a wonderful design and is a 4x game with great playability and potential.

The game has one fundamental flaw ... it tends to lock up and crash deep into a game ... I have yet to get to "Finish" a game.

Until this game gets debugged I cannot recommend it at all.

0/10
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Worst, unpolished variant of a 4x space game since the launch of Masters of Orion III.
Couldn't get over the first 10 minutes cause the game would confront me with impossible controls, an UI from everybody's nightmare and a very unpolished look allover. Waste of good money, sad to say.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Bought the game on sale. Should have listened to those who complain that the game has been abandoned by the original developer. Can't properly play the game to the end, it constantly breaks down.

That said, there are a few good ideas behind it, but it falls short in every aspect to other comparable titles.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
71.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
A good opening into the 4X genre; with simplistic mechanics to make for an easily learnt experience, with real time strategy working to this effect, entertainig to new players of the genre
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
24.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
hit with problems as soon as i install it. game wont even start. worst money ever spent right here. garbage game. DONT BUY.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
41.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
The game is great, and performs tolerably for the size of the developer and time spent on it. Why do I not recommend it? Your money will encourage the developer, after abandoning this project before completion of promised features or Kickstarter goals, to continue bailing on commitments because of their own poor decision making.

I eagerly await StarDrive 3, but only when it is pitched to a major publisher, who in turn puts someone of their own, with experience on bigger titles, as project lead.
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4 of 9 people (44%) found this review helpful
100.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
I love this game. Vanilla or modded it's great. The only thing it's missing is multiplayer.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Significantly better than I had expected, difficult to understand and get used to at first but is very adicting and fun! Heavy emphisis on resource management due to frieghters being used in abundance but other than tht it is highly recommended by myself. (Pro-tip: Don't trust the Remenant)
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Could have been a great game
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
42.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
I cannot say I would recommend this game, mainly because of the promises broken. Primarily the promise for multiplayer, Other than that area the game was a good spiritual successor to Masters of Orion 2, I won't lie and say it had amazing diplomacy, mainly because it didn't. But I loved the ability to design my ships and it did well on that, It does or did have a collision issue with ships ramming into your ship through armor and shilds and doing internal damage, but to be honest not doing a proper build of your ship is the end cause of the failure. I would definitely not pay the full price, and I wouldn't belive anything this developer says at this point, but the game was fun by itself, would have been amazing if it actually had multiplayer as promised.

Game devoper says he never promised anything like that however the kickstarter that funded the game said it was a feature in the game. Everything pointed that it would have multiplayer but sadly he has said its not going to happen.
Its true part of the issue comes from the engine losing support but that is not our fault or responsibility and version two is turn based. If i wanted turn based I would just go back to Masters of orion 2. anywas good luck which ever you choose.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
I bought this game when it was in development. Now it is finished, but nothing really changed. Author promised so much, made this project sound so promising, but abandoned it. When his fans (me including) tried to force him to fulfill his promises, he made some adjustments, bringing the game to the state "Shut up! Now you can`t sue me!".

He promised "quest system" - now we have 1.5 quests. That`s not a joke, that is exact number. One complete quest and one that can be started, but can not be finished.
He promised multiplayer - there is no such thing.
And the list goes on... and on...

Now he is making "new" game. Which is the same game, for a full price, once again...

People like him undermine reputation of crowdfunding. All because of him, some really good developers won`t be trusted...
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
developer abaondoned this to anounce stardrive 2 without ever finishing many of the in game functions and content. my system could start the game, but many of my friends could not even get it to start. their posts in the dev forums went as problem solved. there is a huge memory problem that causes a crash even on my system after a couple hours of play. many crybaby ideas in forums turned most of the game content into nurfs instead of real balancing. the playable races only a few had full ship trees while the rest were place holders. developer money grab attitude has given me the policy to not support indie projects. rather have a company take control of the project and hold people accountable for my dollars.

all that out of the way the game even in its unfished form was extremely fun. if you can actually get it to run and play up to the 4 hour limit on single game then stardrive is gonna be a good time. ship customization is unparalleled. and if you can get over the fact that the other races are not and will not ever be finished then who cares. if you can look pass numerous dead ends in the games ui or story function because this project was abandoned for stardrive 2... then you gonna have a good time. for 30 bucks i wouldnt do it theres other fun out there for that kind of money. if it goes on sale id say pick it up. steams good like that.

i ultimately would not recommend supporting a game that gets abandoned for a sequel. if track records go this way then i would lookout for anything in the future with names attached to it from members of this project. early access never again.
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4 of 10 people (40%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Frankly, I love this game. I don't really get some of these reviews for it. The game is not at all like it is still "beta," nor does it have any stability issues. The gameplay is fantastic! Highly recommend it for lovers of space 4x games.
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
341.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Excellent game! Only issue is the memory leak. I have 32GB RAM and I keep running out of memory. I can play for only 3-4 hours aat a time. But given that, Excellent game and wonderful graphics. Endless playability and options. LOVE that fact you can make your own ship designs!! I would recommend for those with at least 16GB RAM or more. Other than that, Your play time is about an hour and then you have to shut it down, restart, and get back into it. Pain in the butt but worth it!!
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
My first experience with a 4X game, and its pretty good.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
It was a pretty solid game with alot of things missing it was being worked on, but it got abandoned and now the dev is working on the second game. Pretty ♥♥♥♥ty if you ask me since hes asking for money to continue working on the Sequel.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
76.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
I seem to have missed all of the bugs and failed developer promises, and thus, have enjoyed the game (even though I wish multiplayer was part of the game).

Love the customization of the races, planeteary conquest and ship design made easy.
Hate how hard it is to move ground troops around.

Sometimes you have to ignore the negative comments and the low (61) score and just play it.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
44.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
The game has its shorcomings, but its a nice refreshing sci-fi 4x game. There have been to few. Also, since modding is built in its easy to get a few mods that expand the game substantially.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Played since Alpha so the 6h aren't exactly accurate.

Let's put it easy, the game isn't bad. It isn't outstanding either.
It has some nice ideas especially the shipdesigner is great, probably the best around and watching the spacebattles is real fun (I say "watching", because the pilots do not really need your help once the dogfight starts). On the other hand the empiremanagement is very unchallengeing, almost nothing to do and to put it blunt: Best you leave it to the AI so you can concentrate on the big picture.

Now, what is the problem with this game? Why wouldn't I recommend it?
Well my downgrade has nothing to do with the quality of the game itself, but with the simple problem that the developer didn't implement all the features promised, but instead realises them in a different version of the game named "Stardrive 2". I wouldn't complain if he simply made part 1 and then turned to work on a better part 2, like many other developers do. But he's implementing features in part 2 that were explicitly promised for part 1.
So, downgrade for bad management.

But if you enjoy ship desinging and watching space combat, you might give it a shot if you can get it for a 75% discount.
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