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 (242 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 12, 2014

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November 17, 2014

Version 1.03 released !

Hello everyone !

We’re back with the biggest update that we have released so far since the game’s launch 2 months ago.

We've focused mostly on stability, with many major changes under the hood, but we also put a lot of work on balancing several areas of the game, like the tech tree and AI for example as well as fixing several bugs.

Here's the changelog for 1.03:

-Improved stability
-Story events races now start with 4 planets instead of 1
-The Arka'avi and Osian races now have much better technology, making them significantly harder to beat
-Raze planet crash fixed
-It's now harder to have the AI accept long term payment deals, making it much harder to lead the AI bankrupt by asking or giving several loans. Additionally it also takes its current debt into account when making a decision.
- Added new Background music track
- Implemented a series of experimental stability fixes
- Added Space Key to skip cinematic intro
- Going back from the game to the main menu now restarts the new game settings
- Made the AI use diplomacy more actively
- Rebalanced the tech research time of several technologies in all branches
- Added Plasma Weapon Z-IV technology and ship part
- Fixed non working Technology Level tooltip when a pirate faction is
selected in the Diplomacy menu
- Fixed non working Enter Key in initial intro
- Fixed General without weapons bug
- Fixed events that are triggered when right after starting a new session
- Fixed non working "Broken Chains" speech
- Fixed barely noticeable effect of the Emergency Chip, Improved
Medical Care and Pharmaceutics technolgies
- Fixed Minor Race menu not showing the state of your relations when
they really like you
- Fixed "too much weight" window bug when leaving the ship design menu
- Fixed non working Enter Key in initial intro
- Fixed "can't estabilish trade routes with empire X" due to embargo or war message popping up when trying to move a ship to one of your planets

As always, we are listening to your feedback and really appreciate any report of issues you may find.
That said, we really hope you enjoy this update !

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
171 of 189 people (90%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Pre-Release Review
Once upon a time, an intergalactic warlord colonized a planet with their species. This game is the result.

It's not often my lead-ins to my reviews are so short, and it's not often that I review a game prior to spending at least 24 hours in-game with it, but this game isn't one I can recommend, for various reasons.

First things first - "Lords of the Black Sun" is a space-based 4X game, where you attempt to conquer the universe, Cid Meyer's Civilization-style. You build installations on planets, create colony ships, build pre-defined military vessels, and can even create custom units. Units stack, and space battles take place in a sort of Final Fantasy Tactics cut-out battle scene.

All of this sounds like a strategy gamer's dream, so why do I sound so against it?

First, the interface is horrible, and I'm not merely talking about the presentation, though that's pretty awful. The UI isn't optimized for a player's experience; it's hard to see even a neophyte developer looking at the UI and thinking, 'the players are going to love this.' Most of the menuing takes more actions than is really necessary.

Second, the game itself feels utterly soulless. It feels like someone started by taking a look at Cid Meyer's Alpha Centauri, then proceeded to put it further into space, but instead of hiring a writer, gave it to someone's nephew. The result is an experience that doesn't capture the wonder of interstellar colonization, or galactic politics, but is rather an experience that it's hard to care about for even a single session.

Mechanically, the game is sound - as stated above, it's the sort of thing strategy gamers claim to love and want. The execution is so terrible, especially given the $30 asking price, which is entirely too much for what you're getting. Firaxis Games, these guys ain't.

  • Mechanicallly sound game
  • Great space visuals
  • Interesting fleet-to-fleet combat
  • Good custom unit creation system.

  • Uninspired, forgettable writing and scenario
  • Ugly UI that impedes the player
  • Forgettable music
  • Unstable game - the end of my expeirence came after the game just crashed for no apparent reason.
  • Way too expensive for what you're actually getting.

Verdict: Avoid it. The developers need to do some serious work on this game and lower the price for this game to be worth it. If they will do this, I will take a second look and re-evaluate my review.
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38 of 41 people (93%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
The game just feels bland. I was excited when I read obout this game, kept an eye on it as it was being developed, and hungery grabbed it when it was released as a "full game". I have heard that there is still some development and work still being done on the game, wich I truly hope there is because if this is the final product then this is embarassing; as the game is buggy as all hell.

Bugs aside, the gameplay itself is boaring and unispired. Every aspect of gameplay feels like it was half finished and left in it's most basic form. Nothing about this game felt good, why did I waste my money?
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2014
seriously? i played 9 hours, and in that time i managed to win multiple games, and doing all achievments...

this game claims to be a 4x game, and it might well be, but make no mistake of comparing it to any serious veteran of that genre... if you are used to games like space empires IV, galactic civilisation III or lo and behold, Master of Orion II, then you will find this a heavily diluted 4x experience indeed....
Minimalistic tech tree, ship building that acutally doesn't deserve being called that (all you get are 4 different hulls you know from the start with a fixed tonnage of stuff you can squeeze in, no chance on improving that in any way...), "tactical" combat that is too small and too limited in options (the lackluster techtree might play a part in that as well) without much variety and a relly simple interaction with other races really sum up this game perfectly....
Have a smattering of bugs and exploits on top of that (i still find it ridiculous how you can loan any alien race money, even if they are at war with you, and at like 100% interest...)

so, all i can say, if you search for a good 4x game..... keep searching, you won't find that with this title...
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24 of 34 people (71%) found this review helpful
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Too many bugs to play. Once it starts having problems you should just start another game... My advice - not worth your money or time.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
This game has taught me to read through the reviews before buying. I'm afraid this game doesn't have much going for it. Stability issues, gameplay is awkward, balancing issues - just overall not much redeemable about it.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
This game looked very promising and I had my hopes up that it would get to the point of being a true 4x strat game. Well it never got there, it looks nice but the gameplay is totally bland and has nothing unique about it. It portrays itself as "epic, complex, and dense" but I would have to say its 100% the opposite; mediocre, simple and shallow. On a positive note, if you have children that are under 10 and you are trying to teach them about 4x strategy, this game is a very good training game for them...if it can hold there attention.
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19 of 30 people (63%) found this review helpful
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
Pre-Release Review
This game crashes non stop. It has been doing that for over a year now. You can not fish a singal campaign. Can i get my money back?
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Put simply, Lords of the Black Sun is a mechanically sound game (i.e. all the pieces, although not flashy, work and serve their purpose) that fails to blend together to create a harmonious whole. The game often feels disjointed, lacks real depth or innovation, and is mediocre even in what it tries to do differently from others (i.e. espionage, empire-wide management).

While it might be worth a few hours of gameplay, Lords of the Black Sun lacks the fine detail and substance that make players return to games over and over again. This will likely be played once by most and then gather proverbial dust in the Steam library, especially fans of the genre who have come to expect much more from 4X titles.

Lords of the Black Sun has some positives, but they don’t come close to outweighing the negatives. The limited graphics, lack of flavor (races, diplomacy, planets) and unfinished edges make for an experience I have no interest in repeating again. The current price tag is exorbitant for a game that could easily be mistaken for a title designed for a browser or mobile platform.

Definitely not the “epic-sized complex and dense 4X strategy game,” promised.

Check out my full review on eXplorminate: http://www.explorminate.com/lords-of-the-black-sun-review/
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Pre-Release Review
The game had the potential to be a solid 4x space strategy game, but it has fallen short. Pretty much all aspects of the game are lacking depth further than the basics needed for a working game. There are some crash issues, but not enough to really dwell on. You might get 5 or 6 hours play time before getting bored. Overall, I'd recommend GalCiv, Star Ruler 2, or Endless Space over this any day.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
Well, I looked for something like MoO2 (yeah, yeah, I know) or Endless Space, at least. What I got? Well, I started my game at Normal difficulty with every single race present. I wanted to fool around, to understand how it all works. And after a couple of turns I realized that a technology victory path is SHORT. Like, real short. I won the game and the only fight I had was when a pirate clan attacked my unarmed scout (BTW, no retreat option).

So, I won. But that was a very disappointing victory... in one hour. Including reading the tutorials. Which are done badly, because:
a) Font is difficult to read in 1920x1080
b) Tutorials are plain text. Short and boring.
c) This text is divided to pages and they look ridicuosly in HD: a small chunk of text floating in the middle of 22" display. Hey, guys! Either make font to correspond with screen resolution, or show all the text at once when resolution allows that.

Basically, I don't understand why play this game at all. And I can't say much about gameplay because for me it looked like "click-click-click - secure technological advance (as always in space 4X) - click-click-click - oops, you won".

Yes, the victory screen is ridiculous too. "You won! Here is logo of your race. Bye."

So far, my most disappointing Steam purchase. Even considering 50% discount.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
I played completely through once, and I really wanted to like it, but it is simply not fun, far too little 'strategy', far too slow and grindy, no sense of progress or advancement, and the endless bugs are simply the nail in this game's coffin.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
The game is similar what I can write on the weekends with my father in law. It is a mix of nice solar system view and text screens from 1995.

Recently, the ship design screen is updated but the style is still still far from the the level of 2014. Colony manager is without depth. Research is simple with limited logic. You can research beam weapon 1 then 2 then 3, etc. Space battle screen is a punishment, you have seen much better decade(s) ago...for example in MOO2.

All in all, it does not worth the price of a PC game in 2014. If it would be a mobile phone game for $4 it would.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
As things currently stand, the game really doesn't work. Not only does it crash all the time but the interface leaves a great deal to be desired. There is no tooltip so it makes it really hard to understand what is what. The lack of standard designs for ship building make it annoying to have to build your own vessels. Not to mention the fact that the ship builder is a joke really. The items cost way to much and doesn't give you much options on the ship. The lack of a proper informational database means that it is hard to decide what to do and when. Basically the game just needs to be developed further because this is the level I would expect to see in an alpha. Combat is also not very interesting. The AI always moves its ships in max distance so if you go first, you can hang back and wait and open up on them and if they go first, they move in to your operational range but out of firing range allowing you to just go in and shoot first either way. Your military strength also makes no difference in their choice to make war with you. I had more than double the enemies worlds, general and fleet and he goes to war with me. My ships outclass his easily and I just faceroll fleet after fleet. As for construction on a planet, I find it rather intersting. Not really complicated, not really easy but without tooltips and having not memorized the look of buildings means it takes ages to figure it out. Also you don't get to know what the benefit of each building is before construction making it a hard choice in the end.

If the game actually finishes I think it would be rather fun but as it currently stands, I would prefer my money back over the game on my list.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
The game looks nice on the screen shots, but in reality it is pretty dull, and the gameplay is really boring.

This one needs some love, it needs alot more pop up art, more immersion, more polish etc, it is all just so dull and bland.

I have played 2.5hours so far and alot of that was afk and i cant force myself to launch it again.

If it recieves some love and polish, more art, bigger pop up screens, voice etc then it could be alright.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
This game is empire building de-evolved. The game feels grossly incomplete and full of crashes. I'm glad I got it on sale. Don’t waste your money on the full price. There is no story line past the intro, controls are inadequate and unintuitive.
Management systems are incomplete and clunky. I was attracted to the ship building as described by the video which doesn’t live up to even basic expectations. I cant give this more than one star in its present form.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
This game is really fun but crashes to often when you load or start the launcher
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
This game appears to have potential. Having stated that; this game freezes every ten to twenty minutes, requiring me to "End Program" via Task Manager back to the Desktop. In addition, the many glitches (homeworld population, General's increased damage when advanced not realized, many spelling & grammar issues, rotation in combat doesn't work, more). As a result, I've chosen to uninstall it until it reaches a more completed state.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
I would like to give this game a positive review, I greatly enjoy playing it until it crashes. I'm lucky to get an hour or two of gameplay in before it crashes. I've owned this game since before they changed the name from Star Lords, and I have played countless hours of it (My steam history is off because I play in offline mode due to the fact that I have limited bandwidth and try to save it). Sadly, no patch has fixed this problem, but I will change my recommendation if they do, because I really enjoy playing this when it works.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2014
I'm a big fan of the 4X genre, and really enjoy ones that are set in space (e.g. Master of Orion 1 & 2). I also want to support indie deveopment. I think more variety is better, and want to see motivated people succeed.

This game, however, is kinda awful. There are a large number of spelling and grammar errors. In the intro movie for humans, I learned that "Humanity's fate was doomed". It wasn't that humanity was doomed, but that their *fate* was doomed.

The in-game menus are extremely basic. Build queues for planets cannot be reordered. And the game crashes. Often.

I *want* to like this game, but it's clearly still an early beta version. $30? Not worth $5.
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12 of 23 people (52%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
It's a good game but at a certain point in the game, it crashes and you cannot play for more than
a turn after it does...So I'm gonna have to say "no"on recommending it.
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