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 (710 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
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
27.3 hrs on record
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
Posted: October 20
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 18
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
(6/10) (Turn based 4x fans)
(8/10) (Real time strategy fans)

Could have been an amazing turn based game, instead the dive into real time gameplay had some innovation potential but overall served to just bring the overall game down for me, removing the thoughtful nature of play that I am after with 4x games. Instead of carefully planning each turn and building each world, you are constantly under the gun to move as fast as possible and blaze through reflexively. Its a shame because otherwise the style and production of the game is quite high and would have more than carried it for me for a long while.

(Admittedly, I really do not like RTS play to begin with, and my main score reflects coming into the game expecting it to have been a turn based 4x title along genre norms. The second score applies for people who do prefer the more highly energetic RTS style gameplay over turn based strategy)
Posted: September 29
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 14
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
111.3 hrs on record
This title has so much potential, but it's still unfinished, in a beta-state, and the developer has abandoned the game and is trying to release stardrive 2, which is incredibly cheeky given the incomplete nature of this title.

This game would be wonderful if it was actually polished into a finished product, but that day is never going to come.
Posted: September 29
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Had a great deal of potential, but not a great game. Developer basically abandoned it to start over.
Posted: September 29
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 29
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
51.4 hrs on record
a great ship design tool wrapped in an 'okay' 4X game. tends to crash so save often!
Posted: September 30
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
76.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 15
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Game has been abandoned by the dev unfinished.
Posted: September 26
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
44.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 20
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
341.6 hrs on record
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!!
Posted: October 5
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
115.9 hrs on record
If you like to explore, or be introduced to new sci fi, then you should like this game. However, WOAH! It is rather complex, very involved, and very interesting. You will lose many an hour on StarDrive, and you will look up from your screen to see the morning turned to night. All in all, a nice RTS, worth a look.
Posted: September 25
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
100.1 hrs on record
I love this game. Vanilla or modded it's great. The only thing it's missing is multiplayer.
Posted: September 29
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
23.1 hrs on record
My first experience with a 4X game, and its pretty good.
Posted: October 7
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
18.8 hrs on record
A scam. Developer developing another game, but it's all just rip and run. Do not buy.
Posted: September 29
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
33.8 hrs on record
AI is awful. Unfinished game. All of these things I could live with if the Dev hadn't abandoned the project when he found a better engine. No real excuse.
Posted: September 29
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
40.2 hrs on record
I like the game, but it had some performance problems. If you don't have a really good computer, don't buy this. The dev is creating a new game called "Stardrive 2". I wish the dev would work on this game more (especially on optimization) but it seems abandoned. I would be cautious before buying the next game, you should probably see review videos before you buy the next one.
Posted: September 24
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
220.3 hrs on record
To be clear, I'll say up front that I very much enjoyed this game, played it for over 200 hours, and intend to snap up its sequel as soon as it's available. What drew me to it the most is its innovative and thorough approach to ship design and combat. If you'd enjoy spending 20 thought-filled minutes crafting a customized inter-system war machine, this one's for you. I should add that watching said war machine ply its trade is beautiful and enjoyable as well. I loved almost everything about the design and implementation of the space combat in StarDrive. Its real-time approach encompasses fighters, boarding parties, attack, defense, reinforcements, re-arming, repairing, bombarment, trade, support structures, warp speed and manuevering.

However, I must also acknowledge that this game never overcame a certain lack of polish. Confused AI, glitches, and underdeveloped or dead-ending side stories riddle the game. In order to fully enjoy its excellent space combat system, you must learn how to work with the game's quirks and carefully guide the challenge level into an ideal range with practiced care. I am amazed and impressed with what this game's creator(s) were able to accomplish. At the same time, I can see why its metacritic score didn't make it to the 90s; its great strengths are forced to associate with a series of weaknesses.
Posted: September 28
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
66.3 hrs on record
This game has some bugs, I have only managed 1 complete play through. You can drop a ton of hrs in this one. I would recomend it on sale.
6.5/10.
Posted: September 28
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