Take command of one race to join the struggle for supremacy in the galaxy. As the leader of your empire you are tasked with exploring the stars, colonizing new worlds, managing your empire and conquering whoever dares to oppose you.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (189 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 12, 2014

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September 24

Version 1.01 released !

Hello everyone !
This new patch includes some more bug fixes and balancing but also significant improvements in the ship design and research areas.

We are also working on a patch to further improve stability for those who still have issues and looking at possible fixes for those who also have issues with dual monitors setups. We'll be keeping you guys on the loop.

For now here's the changelog:

-Added more slots to the capital ship
-Added Escape key shortcut to end Intro videos
-Added specific icons for each ship part type in Ship Design
-Fixed ship design scroll bug
-Fixed wrong Armor ship parts stats
-Fixed tooltips for shield and armor slots in the ship design menu
-Added warning when trying to put a ship part in design that has too much weight
-Added unknown research mechanic
-Balanced weapons, shields and armor weight

Have fun !

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September 19

Version 1.004 build released

Hi everyone !

Time for another update, this time introducing less but more significant bug and crash fixes.

We're also going to announce the plans for the upcoming major new build very soon, with this new build being released early next week.

Here's the changelog:

-Fixed trade route menu crash
-Fixed Attack button during combat shortcut
-Added warning when you try to add another trade route but reached the maximum trade routes you can have
-Balanced rebel factions to be less likely to appear
-Fixed special events occuring on first turn
-Fixed crash on end game with story events
-Fixed stuck story events

We also want to let everyone know that we know some people are still going through stability issues; we're working on that and testing several experimental patches. The last update brought a definite improvement in that area, and the upcoming patches will bring further improvements until we fix it for everyone.
We also want to thank everyone who took the time to email us with save files and bug reports, all of this has been a huge help for us.

Cheers !

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About This Game

Lords of the Black Sun is an epic, complex, dense, turn-based 4X PC strategy game, set in deep space.

Take command of one race to join the struggle for supremacy in the galaxy. As the leader of your empire you are tasked with exploring the stars, colonizing new worlds, managing your empire and conquering whoever dares to oppose you.

The galaxy is full of secrets and dangers: Discover ancient ruins and artifacts, repel or befriend pirates, promote a general to guide your fleets to victory. Concoct complex plots with your allies or use your intelligence services to uncover weak spots on that threatening empire whose leader has vowed to destroy you.

Make sure to keep your population happy or be prepared to face protests against your rule, or in a worst case scenario, rebel factions within your empire.

Only the mightiest rulers can prevail in the depths of space. Are you up to the task of becoming a Lord of the Black Sun?

Key features:

  • 8 major races each with their own ship designs, technologies, unique traits and unique abilities, meaning playing with each race is a different challenge and offers new ways to approach the game.
  • Big, living universe: In addition to the major powers, independent races and pirate clans also claim the galaxy as their residence; their existence can be an annoyance, or a blessing if you can take advantage of them.
  • Deep economical and political layer: War isn’t the only way to weaken your rivals. Diplomacy, inteligence and trade can be one of many powerful tools that, if used properly, can be very effective as well.
  • Tactical Turn based combat.
  • Create and customize your own ship designs.
  • Generals: These unique and powerful units evolve as they battle and if used well can be the difference between defeat and victory.
  • Randomly generated universe, tech tree and units: You will never play the same game twice.
  • Empire shattering: Unrest might lead rebels to start a civil war which in turn might lead to the creation of a new, independent empire that might grow to rival your own.
  • Plotting: Secretly finance a war against your rivals in order to weaken them or prepare a surprise joint war along with your allies in a bid to destroy that frighteningly fast growing empire.
  • Human-like AI that doesn’t cheat and plays by the same rules as human players, while presenting a constant challenge.
  • Play Multiplayer and Hotseat online via LAN or IP/internet.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP3, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.0 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 1150 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated
    • Additional Notes: There is a known issue with people using ATI cards on Vista so if you are one of those we recommend you skip the game until a fix is found
    • OS: Windows XP SP3, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1
    • Processor: Quad Core 2.0 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 1150 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated
Helpful customer reviews
247 of 277 people (89%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
The game feels very simple and basic. There is nothing to this game that I wouldnt expect from any other x4 game, and this is still on the light side of 4x games. It does not get very in depth with any game mechanic. Combat is mediocre, Diplomacy is mediocre, research is very limited with a relatively small research tree compared to other more recent 4x games. All in all, the game is just bland and sub par. Honestly, it feels like playing a unity based game in a web browser. I would expect to find similar mechanics and gameplay from a free game site.

Its also not stable. When creating a game, picking certain map settings could cause a crash. First battle I lost, caused a crash. Within a period of 30 minutes just to check out the full release version, I had 3 crashes.

I really love the sci-fi space based 4x genre, and I wanted this game to be good because there are so few games in this genre that can hold a candle to what MoO2 was for its time. This game does not get close. I would not recommend this game to anyone, not even casual players.
Posted: September 12
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95 of 112 people (85%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
If I could refund this game, I would. I watched a review of this game from several months ago, and it looked promising. More than promising actually, it looked like it could be an excellent game that combines many of the aspects that I love. Overall, it appears to be something like Sins of a Solar Empire crossed with Civilization crossed with Democracy. The issue was that it was not a finished game.

Jump forward to now, and it is on the front page of Steam, announcing that it is a finished game. FAR FROM IT. I should have looked more at the fine text, but the developer says that even though it is moving out of early access, it stills needs patching. This is evident from the start. The intro splash took quite some time to load, even on a fairly powerful computer and locked my screen to the program until it finished. Typos and grammatical errors are common, even on the first few small text boxes of the tutorial. Additionally, the textures are rediculously poor on higher zoom levels, even on max graphical settings. What sealed the deal for me though was the frequent crashing brought about by this game.

Again, though this game has promise, it is not yet ready. I feel as though I was tricked into buy an incomplete game. The saddest part of it is that if this game came out in a ready state, I might have loved it. But my initial play has only served to frusturate me.
Posted: September 12
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98 of 124 people (79%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Competent but uninspired. There's nothing here to really make the game stand above any of the others available in the genre. It's playable and accessible, but that's about it.

Edit: I don't mean for this to sound as though it's a bad game. It really isn't. It's just not a bad game in the same way that a Nissan Bluebird isn't a bad car; sure, you can get to work in it, but it's no Shelby Cobra.
Posted: September 12
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56 of 61 people (92%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
As of 14 Sept 2014 -

This game is not terrible - just very very bland.

You will not find anything really new in here - all of it exists in other, better made games such as Distant Worlds or GalCiv2.

There are still some major bugs that have not been taken out - I can't even open the trade menu without a crash to desktop.

Ship design is weak - from the start, you get 4 hulls that go from tiny to small - with only no improvements available to increase what you can fit in them. The techs for ships don't provide any options - the missiles, beams and lasers are essentially the same. There are no fighters or bases.

Tactical fights are available but not terribly exciting - nor does it provide any depth as all weapons are in essence identical.

Many of the "management tools" are absent or in very basic form - you can't rearrange build queues, set up rally points, understand how much science, industry, or trade any particular action is going to generate. It's weird how you have to close an empire menu before opening the next one rather than switching between them.

The tech tree is pretty minimal - maybe 50-60 items in total. It gets boring in the 2nd part where you get solid lines of 3-4 consecutive "industry +1" or "research +1". It rarely opens up new abilities, just improves your starting ones.

Minor races have no interaction, except for pirates. You can send a trade ship there, tho with the game maxing out at 4 trade lines, it's not clear why you should bother.

What is working in this game is relatively fine. It just seems like they ran out of time to fine-tune and tweak the content in fun and interesting ways. Perhaps updates wil improve this solid, but it is currently an extremely bland X4 experience.

Verdict - unless you are scrapping the bottom of the barrel for x4 games, skip until a few updates.
Posted: September 14
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72 of 93 people (77%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Game still needs work. It will not load on a dual monitor system without disabling one of the monitors first.

It looked promising at first, but crashed to desktop on my SECOND turn.

Also, there are spelling mistakes in some of the entries. Quality control does not appear to be the developer's strong suit.

Like I said, it still needs some work.
Posted: September 12
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