In the near future, mankind faces the greatest threat to its posterity ever in recorded history: an invading Nazi horde, reborn in the depths of space! An armada of Fourth Reich ships, built in secret at a hidden base on the moon, descends upon the Earth to rain terror and destruction. But this is not done without resistance.
User reviews: Mixed (312 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 13, 2012
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“The gameplay kept me at the edge of my seat, while the intrinsic humor of the game kept me interested and seeking more. Overall, any fans of space simulators should give this one a go.”
80 – Y3K Games

“Iron Sky: Invasion lives in large parts from its magnificent trash factor. The "Nazis from outer space" story, the awesome B-movie cutscenes and all sorts of wacky ideas like Reichsflugscheiben have an extremely high entertainment value [...]”
80 – Iamgamer

“Those who enjoy well-done space shooters in an action trash ambience, is here definitely in good hands.”
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About This Game

In the near future, mankind faces the greatest threat to its posterity ever in recorded history: an invading Nazi horde, reborn in the depths of space! An armada of Fourth Reich ships, built in secret at a hidden base on the moon, descends upon the Earth to rain terror and destruction.
But this is not done without resistance. A cadre of crack space pilots have stepped forth to defend Mother Earth from becoming the new Fatherland of this twisted regime. A lone pilot, entering the hangar to see three state-of-the-art, prototypes ships awaiting him, knows he is the only one who can save Planet Earth. It is up to him and his brothers in arms to ensure that humanity stays free of the yolk of Nazism for good and all...

Set during the main conflict of the movie, “Iron Sky: Invasion” puts players in the cockpit of an advanced new starfighter, to test his or her might, flight and dogfighting skills against the forthcoming Blitzkrieg-on-high. The main objectives are to defend Earth and its space installations from enemy attacks, blast as many Nazi ships into oblivion as humanly possible, collect and skillfully manage necessary resources, and make it alive to the final confrontation… where the ultimate secret weapon of the Fourth Reich awaits those foolishly brave enough to take up the hammer and chisel of heroism and attempt to carve their names onto the tablets of history.

Gameplay

The film itself was only the first stage of the assault. Now, after the credits have rolled, the true strike begins with “Iron Sky: Invasion”, the official video game of the movie. The game puts the players in direct control of an advanced space fighter pilot hell-bent on protecting Earth from an invading Nazi fleet from outer space.
Created by the architects of the world’s most popular European RTS series, the “Earth” franchise (“Earth 2140”, “Earth 2150” & “Earth 2160”), and the best-selling RPG hits “Two Worlds” and “Two Worlds II”, “Iron Sky: Invasion” packs more firepower than a space-borne missile array, and, as did the film, will supersede the expectations of its genre. The future of space combat begins in 2012.

Key Features:

  • Unique, genre-busting gameplay – space flight and combat simulation, with elements of real-time strategy
  • Breathtaking 3-D universe filled with awe-inspiring effects to match those of the film, courtesy of the powerful GRACE2 engine
  • Avant-garde game structure: with no division into single missions, “Iron Sky: Invasion” is one giant, open-world battle
  • Protect the Earth’s satellites & bases while repelling the Fourth Reich’s fleet
  • Real-time map of outer space
  • Innovative energy management: players can transfer the ship’s power between engines, shields and weapons, depending on the needs of the moment
  • High replayability: many side missions and a challenging scoring system
  • Non-stop action of spectacular ship-to-ship dogfights to rival even the greatest space battles of science fiction lore
  • Resource management: players can scavenge parts from destroyed spaceships, collecting precious elements for enhancements
  • Multiple weapons: lasers, homing missiles, and even tactical nukes are just a few examples of the vast arsenal at players’ disposal
  • Enhanced combat technology allows players to deploy satellites and drones for offense, and equally, to defend themselves with flares and anti-missile arrays
  • Advanced Artificial Intelligence to challenge even the most crackshot pilot
  • Multiple classes of ships: Fighter, Heavy Bomber, and Gunboat
  • Massive upgrades: home station docking opens a user-friendly game economy allowing players to access hundreds of ship upgrades
  • Many classes of allied ships can help players out in a pinch
  • Numerous enemy ship classes, from Valkyrie to the fearful Götterdämmerung
  • Diverse enemy attack fleets demand adaptable, dynamic strategies

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:Intel/AMD 2 GHz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Per-Pixel-Shader 3.0, 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:1500 MB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows Vista (or newer)
    • Processor:Intel/AMD 2 GHz Multicore
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Radeon HD 2900 / Geforce 8800 GTX or better
    • DirectX®:11
    • Hard Drive:1500 MB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Minimum:
    • OS:OSX 10.7
    • Processor:Intel 2 GHz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Per-Pixel-Shader 3.0, 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive:1500 MB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Recommended:
    • OS:OSX 10.7
    • Processor:Intel 2 GHz Multicore
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Radeon HD 2900 / Geforce 8800 GTX (or better)
    • Hard Drive:1500 MB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
At the time of writing this, I have played through all but the very end of the 2nd chapter of the game's story. More on that later.

If all of the following conditions are true, you will have a great time with this game:

1. You have enjoyed Space Combat Sims such as X-Wing, Tachyon or Wing Commander
2. You have an X-Box controller
3. You do NOT have a flight stick
4. You grab it while the price is discounted
5. You do not mind that it uses 3rd party DRM "Reality Pump"

If you have a flight stick you will face-palm at the missed opportunity and this will probably erode your fun factor of the game.

The game's control set up is optimized for a 360 controller, or any controller that is XInput-compatible such as the Logitech F310. Many features are logically crammed into the little controller. No keyboard use required. It feels like this game was designed from the ground up to give some arcadey space-combat fun to gamers who do not have a flight stick. Marksman-like accuracy is not required. If the target is "close enough" to your crosshairs, you will hit it. No sweat. The emphasis leans more towards management of your shields, weapon energy and missiles. -as well as making sure you are at the right place at the right time. When you are up against larger capital ships and targeting their various sub-systems, feel free to wail on them with your missiles. Don't worry, when you run dry one of your allies will thoughtfully drop a box of missiles for you to pick up. Did I mention arcadey fun?

The game has a 2D map of the zone of space you will play in. Pick a location then warp to it. This reminded me of Star Raiders on the Atari 8-bit computers. Whoops.. Just dated myself.

The game is based on the movie "Iron Sky." It is about Nazis from the moon who invade Earth. I did not see it, but I would like to. And yes, it is as tongue-in-cheek as it sounds. The game has "FMV cutscenes" (remember them?). The production values are small and the quality of acting varies. Fortunately, the voice of the main character you control is well-acted and likeable. The quips he makes when taking out a baddie will never make you cringe. The graphics are quite good for a lower-budget title. The outer-space skybox is very pretty. I don't expect to see much variety in the environment as this is about nazis from the MOON who invade EARTH.. Not too much variety of scenery between these two locations. I wouldn't expect the game to venture too far from this area either.

I don't know if I will continue the game any time soon. Why did I stop playing it? Two reasons:

1. At the very end of the 2nd chapter I hit a game-breaking bug. Reading in the forums I found that other people have experienced this same glitch. Sometimes playing the entire 2nd chapter again from the start resolves the issue.

2. I got myself a new flight stick and this game doesn't support it. Makes it difficult to muster the will to play this right now when I could be bringing hot plasma death to my digital enemies in other space combat games that rightfully DO support flight sticks.

Having said that, I still recommend the game for everyone who meets all of the conditions stated at the start of this review. You'll have a great time and if the game glitches out remember; you only spent a couple of bucks on it! :)

EDIT: I read somewhere there is a thing called "x360ce vibmod 3.1.4.1" that lets you remap your flight stick axis values to XBox 360 axis. So that might be a redeemer for ya.
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83 of 98 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 2, 2014
Iron Sky Invasion creates a trashy, funny atmosphere, like the film does. However, it has a simple and slow gameplay with really boring missions.Iron Sky: Invasion isn't a bad game. There is a chance, that some fans of space flights and fights will enjoy it. But you need to remember, that it's a simple game that looks more like a complex indie game and if not for the movie tie-in, no one would have heard about it. The politics plays no part in the gameplay, the fights are slow and have a bad difficulty balance. A good idea is not enough to make an interesting game.I'm sure there are Iron Sky fans who will enjoy this game but if you like complex, tactical space battles, Iron Sky Invasion is not the right game for you. Overall 6/10.
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77 of 99 people (78%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2013
Despite all the bad reviews on Meta Critic and other platforms, I've got say that I do like Iron Sky: Invasion.
I mean, the graphics are very well made, the small cutscene VMF's are of a very high quality and actually very entertaining.
The gameplay is just right; not to easy and not to hard.
There's even a bit of character development in the form of ship upgrades and the option to change the type of vessel.
The sound effects are of a very, really, very high quality.
The controls; basically just like with Freelancer. Mouse flight and keyboard system management. (Energy, weapons, etc.)

I give Iron Sky: Invasion thumbs up, because it IS a good game that's all about the space battles in the movie.
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44 of 50 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 7, 2014
Dot Point Review of "Iron Sky: Invasion"

Iron Sky: Invasion is a fully licensed product of the movie "Iron Sky."
The game is a 3rd person Space Combat Flight Simulator *cough* Elite Clone*cough*

1: More M.P.O.T.U.S. Palin, More UN bickering, etc, etc.
2: The First ship you get to fly in Combat is the Dundee
3: (2) is actually explained in the plot.
4: This game is graphically gorgeous and detailed, even on a lower spec system.
5: O.M.G. I just did a Canyon Run along a Nazi Space Zepplin!!!!!
6: The game is currently on sale for about $2US on Steam. (90% off)
7: All the cut scenes have the original actors. See (1)
8: Space Ship and Space Station design true to the movie.
9: Some parts of the tutorial are not explained as well as they could be.
10: Some Parts of the game are not explained as well as they could be.

Final Review.

Read point 5, What else can I say.
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29 of 31 people (94%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 12, 2014
While Iron Sky: Invasion (and its add-ons) is not the end-all be-all of space fighter simulators, it probably doesn't have any right to be as good as it actually is, especially for a video game based on a movie. The whole of the game took a fair portion of the latter half of the film - basically the entire space fight and Earth fleet reinforcement segment - and stretched it out without making it boring. The tone of black comedy and "just run with it" silliness from the movie is preserved, from the mission briefings with Madame President Totally-Not-Sarah-Palin, to the political shenanigans of the various national representatives, to the over-the-top voice acting from the various pilots in the fleet.

The controls are keyboard-and-mouse, primarily mouse oriented. On screen contextual tips do show up from time to time, which can help if you go a long time between having to use a specific feature of the ship. The learning curve for controlling the ships is very short. There are some technical problems - while I haven't noticed any crashes or freezes, it doesn't like my graphics card and the mission briefing videos lag the entire game as often as not. They can be skipped with no penalty and watched later, it's just distracting.

Unfortunately, once the tutorial is over, the difficulty curve spikes pretty hard; it's all but impossible for a new player to know what to do and how to do it. There's a certain amount of flexibility - if a squadron of Nazi ships makes it to earth it just applies a penalty to reputation, which is a score by any other name - but there's no option to turn down or postpone side missions, they get added to your to-do list automatically when you head to a friendly station for resupply and repairs. When you're running all over near earth orbit trying to play space tag with the Fourth Reich, something's gotta give. That said, you can buy yourself time to fight the smaller fighters and do side missions by taking out the engines in the big ships, leaving them adrift - but the only mention of this strategy comes up once during the tutorial on sub-system targets. It's very easy to miss.

Having said all that, if you liked the movie, you'll probably like the game. And even if you didn't like the movie, you might still like the game. After all, it's a game that lets you fight Space Nazis. I'll repeat that: You get to fight Nazis. In Space. And who can honestly say they never wanted to do that?
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