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.
Release Date: Apr 26, 2013
Popular user-defined tags for this product:

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy StarDrive

Packages that include this game

Buy Iceberg Interactive - Cool as Ice Bundle

Includes 5 items: Gas Guzzlers Extreme, Horizon, Nuclear Dawn, StarDrive, Starpoint Gemini 2

 

Recommended By Curators

"Fun Single-player Sci-fi 4x\Realtime game heavily inspired by Masters of Orion, made by a single developer featuring a deep ship customization system."
Read the full review here.

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
881 of 997 people (88%) found this review helpful
90.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
http://steamcommunity.com/groups/SDVC/discussions/0/

This review was marked as "abusive" by the Developer, was taken off of the review page between March 8th 2014 through to March 11th 2014. Pathetic.

This was a total waste of my $29.99, I bought it under the pretense of Multiplayer being released first major patch after final release from my Friend who recommended the game. The Developer has come to the conclusion that by changing the Engine and flushing out his original Idea for a game, that he can now make ANOTHER game and wants money for it, the full game that he originally wanted to make but couldn't. This is the result made by a very poor decision long ago to use the wrong Engine <Sunburn> for his project, an engine that Microsoft dropped and everyone in the know knew was a dead-end, months before Zero decided to release the game as Final. Nothing about the programme changed between final beta release and the first day of Final Release in April.
The above mentioned Steam Group is a place for free discussion about Stardrive, and its Developer that You are going to purchase a beta, abandoned game from. The Developer will finish it on his whim alone, that could be years or decades. These are all direct from the developer, but sadly I can't direct you to the correct site to see them, he has, or has had his Minions, delete threads full of direct quotes from Zero you simply wouldn't believe if I wrote them here, thinking I was a Troll. I hope this shows I gave 90+ hours trying to play this game, and never completing 1 game. Buy this game if you like someone lying to you all the time, some do I suppose.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
590 of 660 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
266 of 280 people (95%) found this review helpful
67.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 11, 2014
Bought the game in the early days for full price, was listed as Multiplayer and promised many features. Multiplayer was NEVER added and none of these features we were told would be implemented, made it in to the game. The Developer secretly worked on the second game behind the scenes, using our money to fund his work rather than finishing the first one and then even having the cheek to Kickstart the second game for even more money? Only to then sell this second game back to us again, at full price! Complete rip-off. Now we're left with nothing but a broken demo. I will NOT be buying the second game and funding such a dirty, cheap money making scheme and I'd advise that others do the same. The only way these developers will learn NOT to cheat their customers, is if they have no custom. As bad as EA as far as I'm concerned.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
238 of 252 people (94%) found this review helpful
83.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 31, 2014
Edit #2: I'll just leave this here.

http://steamcommunity.com/groups/SDVC

An unofficial StarDrive group, where discussion is open and not censored. The Steam forum is pretty heavily moderated and the developer has a habit of deleting threads and banning people left and right before and during a big sale, so this is where people go to talk about the game however they like and not risk having their threads deleted because they didn't like the game.

***

I bought this game when it was in Early Access and... I thought it was amazing. Full of promises and ideas. Back then, the developper was promising updates pretty much left and right. Multiplayer was to be added to the game. Rare resources, laying mines, better diplomacy, being able to make joint operations with allies; all of these things were to be added to the game... But none -- NONE -- were implemented. The game you can buy right now is very much the same game I bought in Early Access, minus a few bugs. Hell, some core features such as the freighters are still buggy...

So, that being said, is this a good game? Well, it's an okay game. I spent several hours on it so obviously it's not totally terrible. But the thing is, most of these hours (I'd say two third of them -- yes, that much) was trying mods and messing around waiting for the content update to come. When the Developper announced that he screwed up and decided the game was done and could not be updated anymore because of engine limitations, I stopped playing altogether.

To make up for it, the owners of StarDrive will get a discount on his next title and access to some kind of multiplayer mini-game is going to be free. The thing is : his next game is going to be a turn-based strategy game. I bought a real-time strategy game. His next game is going to get as close to a MoO2 clone as he can. Good things for the fans, I guess, but that's not what I bought.

So, to sum things up: this game is half-finished, features are lacking, it lacks polish and is very, very rough around the edges and is developped by one of the worst indy dev ever as far as PR and "I care for my customers" are involved. There are better games out there to spend your money on.

But hey, that's just my opinion.

***

Edit #1: the multiplayer mini-game has been abandoned as well. Yes, that is yet another fail to put on Zero Sum Games resume. Also, that discount I was talking about? The one the owners of StarDrive will get? That will just be a Steam coupon with an expiration date. Great, eh? Way to tell your customers to hurry it up or screw you, Zero. Way to go indeed.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
479 of 547 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
This game had a ton of potential but was abandoned by the developer for greener pastures after he decided it would be good to start on a sequel while charging full price to everyone (including the people who have bought this unfinished project). It was initially released with a ton of bugs and still has many things that have yet to be fully fleshed out much less finished in any considerable degree. The ship designer and the battles that rarely take place are the only positives to take out of this game.

The diplomacy part of the game is very shallow indeed. With races declaring war on you with little motivation beyond your empire's progression crossing a line set by their predetermined level of aggressiveness. The same goes with positive interaction. It's very much a game of watching a bar go up or down to get them to do something you want to do.

Empire building is also shallow and unfinished. There is almost no internal management other than building a shallow level of building sets that make all your colonies resemble one another after only a colony or two. Rebellion takes place when your treasury drops below a certain level and only in this manner. Civilization 2 has more in depth internal management than this title.

Military matters are hampered by two things: The lack of any meaningful artificial intelligence and the small tech tree present in the game. The tech tree is the smallest tree I've seen in a 4x game (and smaller than some RTS games like Rise of Nations or even Age of Empires). The AI assembles the same, tired fleet makeup and then throws it at you. This means pretty much every single game plays out the same way regardless of the galaxy size. The one saving grace in enemy behavior is that the game saves your custom ship designs and then uses them against you in subsequent games should you choose another race to play as. I would love to see other 4x games incorporate this feature into their titles so I'm faced with much more difficult fleet makeups since they were designed by myself or other players who post their designs for others to use.

All in all, I'm very disappointed in not only the way this game turned out, but the developer's behavior on the steam forums once people heard he was abandoning any serious development on the game on an interview. He would ban people who warned others about the state of development and has had meltdowns on multiple gaming forums when confronted about the issue. Do not give your money to this studio. Other 4x's like Galactic Civilizations II or Distant Worlds do this genre much more of a service.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
338 of 379 people (89%) found this review helpful
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2013
Game "released" missing core features. Updates are few and far between. Seems like the dev decided to slack off once people bought it on early access.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
343 of 391 people (88%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2013
The developer of this game calls the game finished, I find that hilarious and misleading! The game has a good concept but I'd warn everyone to stay away. He's currently working on a new game and left this one to rot.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
198 of 210 people (94%) found this review helpful
55 people found this review funny
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
Sometimes you find a game for $1.00 on HumbleBundle and think why not, I'll give it a shot. What's the worst that could happen? It sucks and you're out a dollar? Don't be a fool. Listen to me, I used to be like you...naive. I paid the dollar, positively gitty at my thrifty yet philanthropic purchase, but I discovered there are far worse fates than not liking the game. Oh yes, much to my dismay, I learned you could absolutely LOVE the game. Specifically, I learned that someone, some magical gameweaver of a developer, had somehow discovered a way to craft all of my 4x RTS dreams into one perfect game.

Imagine having all this only to find out after hours of gameplay that the mystical Dev had just M. Night Shyamalan'ed your ♥♥♥ by abandoning the game deep in development, leaving gamebreaking glitches unpatched, and giggling all the way to the bank with your hopes and dreams. Now there will forever be a void in my heart where the finished version of this game should be. I would've rather spent my dollar on paying someone to kick me in the balls. At least that paid would go away eventually.

To be fair, I'm only whining because I love what this game could've been. Wasting that much potential should be a crime. The finished, patched version would have been one of the best 4x games of all time. Unfortunately this game was abandoned to begin development on a sequel that will be turn-based, not real time, and therefore more of a completely different game than a sequel. While I love turn-based strategy, the RTS version of this game is the one I wanted and now I will never be able to play a polished version of it. As such, I simply can not recommend it.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
343 of 394 people (87%) found this review helpful
112.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
the game is nice and has some really good features but the dev abandoned the game early into its life so it gets boring quickly without mods.
the ai is pretty terrible.
no different research for the different races they all share the same tech tree.
not much interaction with the ai beside talking,spying or becoming allies with them.
has no story line to speak of even though it has secrets to unlock and had another race which was removed because the dev said the game was complete even though their was only one option with them.
i recommend you wait for it to go on sale before you even think of buying the game because at the price it is with the features you get its not worth it.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
274 of 313 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
39.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
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
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
251 of 284 people (88%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 3, 2014
I cant believe the dev. would leave his original game and create a stardrive 2, Why would you create a game abandon it and expect us to buy another failure?!?
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
247 of 281 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
Purchased in early access shortly before official release. Watched patiently, hoping the game would be finished as promised. It was not finished.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
218 of 248 people (88%) found this review helpful
27.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 5, 2014
This game started out good but was never finished despite what the dev and moronic fanboys want you to think.

It takes balls to try and release a sequal before you even finish the initial game.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
197 of 222 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
91.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
I waited long to write this review as this game had huge potential.
It is amazing work considering that it was all made by just one person. Unfortunately that person moved on and never finished this game.
You can custom built and constantly upgrade your space ships and watch them perform in battle. Which is quite addictive. It could have been so good. Unfortunately, many game mechanics are broken and will never get fixed. Trade ships don't work properly which will render your population starving despite having a food surplus. Mikromanaging it all is possible to some extent, but those settings are lost once you load a game. Pathfinding, AI and diplomacy are rubbish together with a minimalistic story line. Overall I sadly can only advise to stay away from this unfinished broken product...
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
186 of 211 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
Remove content from the game and call it 1.0, leave lategame an unplayable resource-hogging grindfest, take the money and start development on a new game - these are the practices of our time.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
126 of 135 people (93%) found this review helpful
51.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2014
Before I get started I would like to say that I really love this game, its a lot of fun. However. the developer is a lying jerk. As everyone should know by now he promised many many things and then decided he didnt wanna do it anymore. so he declared the game done! end of story and then rushes to make a sequel. (even though hes majorly changing the game example making it from real time to turn based...) This game has so much potential and would be SO much more fun. except it was left in the hands of someone who disgraces his own game with what hes done.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
129 of 142 people (91%) found this review helpful
44.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 1, 2014
A fun, aesthetically pleasing space strategy game that is simply awesome!

Or atleast it would be if crucial game elements were fixed.

As it stands, 02-02-2014, several game features are severely lacking in polish and there are some design flaws that really jump out - such as any unmonitored battle being auto-calculated without taking into calculation such things as ship armour or shields, etc. which essentially makes the elaborate, fully customizable ship designing pretty much redundant.
Or the way that the AI can win the game without warning due to building a late-game Wonder-style building, which you recieve no notification of until it is already built and the game has ended with your defeat (though this building can be disabled by modding. But it's supposed to be a feature-complete, finished game, right?).

The game still do not feature alterable gameplay options, leaving you with only the options of adjusting video and audio.

The game's features such as customizing races are great, and the shipyard ship-designing is really fun - but if it doesn't matter in the slightest, it isn't really that much of a draw, is it?

I don't really think that I can recommend this game as it is at this stage. It has a lot of really cool stuff going for it, but when crucial elements of the game remains broken, that's really just bad. When (hopefully) they have been fixed or have become toggable (as indeed some of the problems seem to stem from the developer's design decisions), the game is definitely something to recommend.
But not in its current stage.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
166 of 200 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
It could have been good but it was never finished and will never be finished.

Avoid and only buy if it stinks below $5.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
139 of 165 people (84%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
152.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
Game is over priced at $30 should be about $5, Dev is a thief, lies, throws fits in forums and does not follow through on promises. Steam should remove this game and not even consider anything else from this developer.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
125 of 148 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
41.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
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.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny