Smugglers 5 is the fifth installment in the turn-based single-player space trading game series. Will you be a greedy trader, an ambitious fleet pilot or a ruthless pirate? Board enemy ships, manage factories, conquer star systems and forge your own galactic empire - ultimately, your actions will have an impact on a galactic scale.
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“Smugglers 5 is an impressive and exceedingly addictive game.[...]”
80 – DarkZero

“Smugglers 5: Turn-Based Elitism: It’s knee-deep in content, simple to pick up and play for short or long sessions, and is a ton of fun to boot.”
"Great", “One more turn” feeling – Space Game Junkie

Специално издание

Specifically for release on Steam, Smugglers 5 now features a higher native screen resolution for the main game screens and an updated combat system to make battles more varied. After the official release on Steam, the developers will continue working on and improving the game.

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Smugglers 5 is the fifth installment in the turn-based single-player space trading game series. Will you be a greedy trader, an ambitious fleet pilot or a ruthless pirate? Board enemy ships, manage factories, conquer star systems and forge your own galactic empire - ultimately, your actions will have an impact on a galactic scale.

'It’s basically Elite… but turn-based. [...]' - Rockpapershotgun.com blog (Smugglers 4)

'Smugglers 5 is an impressive and exceedingly addictive game.[...]' - darkzero.co.uk

'I’ve been playing Smugglers' games since I was a kid[...]' - Christian T. (a happy customer)

The galaxy is at war - the Federation, the Coalition, the Outer Rim systems and the criminal Syndicate battle for control. It's a dangerous life for a pilot on the front lines, but it can also be a lucrative one - are you an honest trader, or does smuggling illegal goods sound more profitable? Will you join the war effort for your faction, set up your own empire or simply explore the galaxy?

The fifth instalment in the long-running Smugglers series features a completely revised turn-based combat system and a range of new ships to fly, as well as a host of exciting features:

  • Explore the galaxy through a fast turn-based travel and combat system
  • 4 factions; 6 professions with new, unique skill trees; 100+ different skills and a revised skill system
  • 30+ spaceships and encounters ranging from fighters up to battleships, cruise missiles and star bases
  • Non-linear war and campaign system. You can influence the war!
  • Manage a crew, board enemy ships, become Admiral and command whole fleets
  • Plunder planets and pirate outposts, conquer space systems and even rule your own empire!
  • Supply and demand based trading with the storyline and campaign influencing prices
  • More than 80,000 words of interactive non-linear storylines (that´s about the size of two novels)
  • Advanced text generation technology and new planet exploration short stories make every game different.
  • Marry a beautiful wife and have children
  • Optional compatibility mode to allow blind players to enjoy the game
  • and much more ...

The six most important new features compared to Smugglers 4:
  • You can now start and rule your own empire
  • Manage your own factories or pirate outposts
  • Raid and plunder planets or pirate outposts
  • 80,000 words of new and dynamic short stories (the equivalent of a full length novel).
  • Completely revised skill and combat system
  • Play as an independent adventurer - or join the military

'TOP 1 bestselling RPG game' - GOG.com from 16th to 24th March 2014
'TOP 6 bestselling INDIE game' - GOG.com from 16th to 24th March 2014
'TOP 3 bestselling PC game' - Impulsedriven.com in May 2011 (Prequel Smugglers 4)
'TOP 1 bestselling indie game' - Direct2Drive.com in June 2011 (Prequel Smugglers 4)

There's a ship in the hangar and the stars are calling to you. Don't keep them waiting.

Системни изисквания

    Минимални:
    • ОС: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or newer.
    • Процесор: No special requirements
    • Памет: 2 GB памет
    • Видеокарта: No special requirements
    • Устройство за съхранение: 100 MB достъпно пространство
    • Звукова карта: No special requirements
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staloch
( 10.2 изиграни часа )
Публикувани: 16 май
Smugglers 5 is nothing more than a bad card game! Do not waste your money as I did.
Someone had the nerve to post that it was a turn base EVE. Clearly the developers have friends posting for them.
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brian.t.beswick
( 8.1 изиграни часа )
Публикувани: 10 май
Even at the reduced price this game isn't worth it. The combat system that first looks like it has good strategy is littered with random chance rolls that cause frequent death even at later levels when you have a huge ship you'll frequently get destroyed by a single fighter. Tech tree is severely lacking and doesn't seem coordinated to faction and profession choices, so you end up with skills in conflict with your chosen strategy. Available tasks are clearly weighted heavily towards combat roles. For anyone wanting to create a smuggling empire, good like grinding for the smallest of profit margins. From the very beginning the profit margins for bounty hunting and just flying around blowing up ships is substantially larger. So much so that by bounty hunting you can go up 3 ship classes in an hour or less leaving nothing to do but to just keep on killing in slaughterfest across the galaxy. Sounds fun, but think more like old school NES Dragon Warrior style grinding and watchout because ever 5 battles will either be a smaller ship with random chance on its side or an overpowered larger ship that will tear you apart.

Worse, when you exit the application it asks if you want to buy the expansion pack which promises to fix a lot of these issues, but the expansion is aparrently not on steam.
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RoadtripII
( 55.8 изиграни часа )
Публикувани: 26 март
If you are looking for a grand in-depth highly polished game similar to Sid Meier genre games, then Smugglers 5 is not for you. This is a nice little independently produced turn based space exploration game and it is priced appropriately. I found it very easy to learn and play however it gets repetitive once you reach the mid-game mark. The space battles are well laid out based on a combination of known skills and random draw and space exploration is self explanitory.

The downside to the game is the lack of information regarding progression within the game itself. Many interesting concepts of the game may be completely missed unless you take the time to read the playrer manual which must be downloaded as a PDF file. Also disappointing is the fact that 1/2 of the available starting professions are barred from end-game content. For example a fleet merchant type character never gets the boarding ability which means not being able to ever board and take over a battleship which in turn means never being able to defeat a starbase.
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trevorlw33
( 1.8 изиграни часа )
Публикувани: 13 март
Very very boring
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Dr. Dovre
( 4.9 изиграни часа )
Публикувани: 23 януари
this game is awesome! who dossent like smuggling drugs? I know I do :D
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EventHorizon
( 1.3 изиграни часа )
Публикувани: 6 декември 2015
Great concept of a game but some of the "text based adventures" are ridicolous. You have to read paragraph by paragraph and make a decision on where you want to go... and if you choose wrong, it takes you in a big circle. Then you have to remember what you choose before to try and get out and sometimes when you're not really paying attention... you can be stuck in a repetitive text based adventure for the next 20 minutes trying to figure out how to get back to your ship. Fun, yeah.. but idk. Besides that, I'd probably recommend this game for a cheap price. It's just a graphical windows forms game... looks like Visual C++ or VB6.
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ForgottenForgeGaming
( 3.5 изиграни часа )
Публикувани: 2 ноември 2015
Slightly strange to get into, but I've found it highly enjoyable.
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Below_Average
( 12.8 изиграни часа )
Публикувани: 12 октомври 2015
Okay, so I will say that this game does have that one-more-turn addictiveness at times, and if you let yourself get immersed in the world it can be a lot of fun. However, it's very obvious that this game is not finished, and after being out for years it seems to have simply been abandoned by the developer(s?). Many of the mechanics are either not fully fleshed out (you can't buy a battleship, no matter your rank), or non existant (carriers are listed multiple times in the game, but neither appear nor can be bought). It's very odd to me as well, as battleships appear in the game and can be boarded to take them over, but it appears the developer forgot to flip the switch in the programming to make them appear in the buy lists after you reach X rank, which means you need to work your skills and crew towards boarding if you want one, if you don't then tough luck. Additionally, when you pick a faction or class, it doesn't really change the game all that much, other than your colors and the starting vessel. This is one of those games that came close to being a great indie title, but just came out the door too fast and falls a bit short. It's a shame, really.
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Whalerguy
( 6.1 изиграни часа )
Публикувани: 12 август 2015
TL;DR
It's Drug Wars in space with worse graphics a bizarre 4X twist and tons of random errors and crashes that should probably only be bought on sale by people who have made thirty or more mortgage payments and think vector graphics are just a bit too intense.


This is a really great turn based strategy game with some truly annoying issues and no autosave feature so you can confidently do a bunch of things and then lose it all with a random black screen. Also if you click a greyed out button you will literally get a popup error message from windows, and sometimes you get one for no reason. Sometimes it crashes for no reason too. Sometimes you get caught up in battles you can't win or avoid for no reason. Sometimes you will upgrade your ship and totally regret the decision because it will for no reason make the game impossibly hard.

You will literally have all these problems and more. Many more. The tutorial is kind of a joke and prepares you for nothing that happens. You will make poor upgrade choices based on no information whatsoever. You will do all this, and it will be surprisingly enjoyable because the game is cheap.

You'll keep playing, learning, and crashing the game. Mostly crashing, but some of the other stuff too. The graphics can be boiled down into this sentence: "It's two jpeg images set on a black background with one of two basic overlay effects on them and no concern for consistency or integrity of the images themselves or the overlays actually. In fact if you were to tell me the entire game was random images with random overlays I'd accuse you of trying to cover for the devs for the flaws in the overall game."

You may be wondering, why such a scathing review if I claim to like the game? Well let me explain something to you.

Now friends, in a simpler time of computing when games could fit on a floppy disk and still be entertaining... this still wouldn't be a stand-out game in any sense of the term. But the type of game that this tries to be was a popular one, low graphical content, simplistic, tier-based strategy... done one turn at a time. If you remember the old Windows turn based strategy that was known by many names, the most common of which was "drug wars" you'll fall into and understand the strategy of this game immediately. If you liked that game you'll even find enjoyment in this game. Better yet, it doesn't have words on the screen like "Heroin" and "Crack" so you can casually shrug it off to friends without explaining that you really don't need an intervention. Honestly it was one weekend in Malibu.

So should you buy this game? Here's the definitive list that Buzzfeed hasn't yet syndicated into an interactive facebook quiz:

Yes:
-You like turn based strategy.
-You don't like special effects.
-You've heard of and possibly seen live either "The Mighty Mighty Bosstones" or "Seal"
-You have played many Alpha games and understand that not every game (even one this simple) can be well polished (or even finshed).
-You played "Drug Wars" on a Compaq laptop with under 256MB RAM and always thought it should have more of a Space 4X feel to it with none of the baggage.
-You think vector graphics are way too advanced.
-You've ever apologized for an EA (and I mean Electronic Arts) title.

No:
-You never played either Doom or Wolfenstine 3D.
-You were/are under the age of consent as of the turn of the millenium.
-Call of Duty is a game you have played more than once in the last year, twice if you were forced on a holiday with younger children who beat you mercilessly.
-You think games should actually be finished before they are published.
-You have something better to play.
-It's selling for more than $2.50, and you are at a point financially where $2.50 is the amount of money you can shrug off on a bad investment without becoming bitter.

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Scalpa
( 15.8 изиграни часа )
Публикувани: 10 август 2015
kinda endless but fun for a lilttle while
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Wraith_Magus
( 36.9 изиграни часа )
Публикувани: 4 август 2015
I recommend this game with reservations. On sale it's dirt cheap, so you probably won't feel ripped off, but it's definitely an odd game not meant for everyone.

On the positive end, if you enjoy those sorts of turn-based open-world games where you just do your own thing, this can be a lot of fun. If you like action, run now.

What you see in the screenshots is mostly what you see the whole game. This game has very little by way of simulation, and almost everything that is calculated is either randomly spawned on the spot or hidden away with very little player interaction. How's the war going? WHO KNOWS! It doesn't seem to change anything so far as what ships are travelling the not-sea-lanes.

There's also a frustrating lack of clarity in many tasks you need to accomplish. If you accept non-government missions, there is no mission review for you, so I hope you wrote down what you're supposed to do, and screw you if you put the game down for a while, there's no reminders of if you even took that mission on at all. Much of the game revolves around being part of factions, and if you start out as an independent trader or smuggler, there's a large chunk of the game barred from your access until you join one... and joining one is frustratingly vague. Apparently, it's a random event, but everyone berates you for not doing something you haven't been given an opportunity to do... and for that matter, getting the person berating you for not joining the war effort has to be bribed into offering you that chance, and this is not mentioned anywhere in the manual or the game.

Incidentally, this guy is the governor (always a male) that lets you marry his daughter and have kids if you bribe him enough... regardless of your own gender. Odd that the game even has an option to play female characters then, or is it that in the far future, everyone's bisexual, and IPS cells make lesbian pregnancies routine?

The game's combat is also crippled by its 1-on-1 nature. You're at the extreme end supposed to be a fleet commander on a battleship leading a whole fleet into battle against another fleet... and this is represented with 1-on-1 battles where "reinforcements" are additional damage done to the opposing lead ship at the end of every third turn. This game begs for a tactical grid map.

Beyond that, combat is performed with a pseudo-card game. Your basic attacks are always present and can be used as frequently as you have AP for them, but you get a hand of action cards that refill at the start of the turn. These can do things like evasive maneuvers that decrease enemy accuracy or increase your own to scramble enemy computers or harden your own against similar attacks, or "Luck" cards that discard your hand so you can draw a new one. (Which bizarrely costs you AP, as well, making them sometimes more punishment than help, as while they're supposed to let you discard useless cards, THEY are useless cards, themselves, and you can often wind up using a luck card to discard other luck cards...)

When you level up, (experience is obtained through absolutely everything, even standard trades,) you get a message telling you that if you keep on levelling up, you will eventually get a RANK up, which is the real level up. (Like everything else, they don't tell you how long you have to keep doing this to get the actual rank up, so the experience bar is a lie.) When you rank up, you get a new skill, which gradually lets you fill out a skill tree, and also can potentially give you a new card to use in combat. You have no particular control over your "deck" beyond this, however, and each new skill is a new card in the deck that you can't remove. Passive skills aren't deck cards, however, so they are more "safe" to take as a path up the skill tree.

Classes basically exist to deny specific game features to the player until they have played each class (from a new game) to get a high enough rank to reach the end of the skill tree, where only then are you allowed to buy property. Fleet Officers and Bounty Hunters get a fleet command ability that lets them buy battleships and lead fleets, traders get to buy factories, smugglers buy pirate stations, and pirates can buy pirate stations and found pirate empires. It's more than a little annoying, as, even if you do want to focus on one path, you generally are far more than rich enough to buy a factory if you are a trader before you have the "skill" to be a factory owner, which is an arbitrary roadblock that forces you to keep shuttling goods around for far too long.

Trading basically just involves buying low and selling high, but involves whether or not you can tell what prices something sells for is utterly random - you have as good a chance of knowing the price of engines on the other side of the galaxy as you do the sector you just left. That said, war tends to make things easier: Sectors at war just plain double the prices they pay for everything, making profits large enough to pay for your freighter take only a couple trips and a minute or two of your time. It's so much more profitable than anything else that anything else is a waste of time, in terms of optimization, but it's also rather dull to just keep running the same routes over and over.

There are other things available, like talking to governors, talking in bars, exploring planets, and other ships in the sector, but they're generally so invisible that you have to go out of your way to remember to hunt them down. There should be more variety in the average game day than just having these things be the random distractions from the all-important freight hauling where you have zero human interaction.

In terms of plot, this game names all its sectors things like "New Ireland" or "New Germany" or "New Italy", but the story is unabashedly Amero-centric. It straight-up tells you in the manual that the game is meant to be The American Revolution and American Civil War. So, the story basically goes that the Federation (or Empire, as it's called anytime it's supposed to be the bad guy, because empires are bad, 'mmmkay?) passed some "tyrannical" laws, so some of the colonies started a rebellion after having a Tea Party. (Subtle!) What were these tyrannical laws, you might ask? A prohibition on slavery, of course, since the economy of the rebel colonies are based upon slavery. (No mention of race, though, that part's whitewashed out in more ways than one.) Needless to say, this kind of undermines the whole rebel unifying cry of "freedom", or how "tyrannical" it is to demand freedom for others, but hey, I guess I can give points for capturing some of the moral hypocrisy of it all. Anyway, the Federation is still portrayed as evil because they also burn Savanna - I mean, perform orbital bombardments, although EVERY faction commits similar war crimes willy-nilly, which raises the question of how the economy springs back to normal after half its population and its entire industrial base were incinerated.

In any event, there's two other factions besides the Federated States of American Imperial Union and the Colonial Confederacy: There's the Trade Coalition, which seems to have no particular backstory or role in this at all, aside from being a place for supposedly neutral merchants, although the AI that controls them is no less aggressive in trying to conquer everyone else. Considering their European colony names, I guess they're supposed to be Dutch traders or something. Then, there's the Syndicate, which is basically the "LOL, we're totally evil!" pirate faction, although they're surprisingly hostile to smuggling rum, themselves for no good reason. They're given planets like Barbados, which implies they're the Carrbiean pirate nations, but also have New Moscow as their capital, because Haiti isn't threatening enough on its own, if you want real villains, you need them to be Russian!
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Jace
( 19.1 изиграни часа )
Публикувани: 2 юни 2015
I would highly recommened smugglers V personally i found the learning curve to be a bit steep but once you over come that you get into the real core of the game which is very very fun your goal is to accumualte power wealth money and even subjectate enemy civilizations and declare yourself ruler. The only real con ive ran into so far is when you reload saves they often mess up in some way for example the text will not appear things dont have names or the combat animations are broken.
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Stoggie
( 15.5 изиграни часа )
Публикувани: 31 май 2015
A little repetitive and click happy, would have been a good game though, if it wasn't for all the bugs. The main ones being that a lot of unlocked pirate skills, (attacking colonies, making and ruling your own faction and fleets, and a few others,) don't work. It defeats the whole purpose of building your character up and achieving high rank in the game, because that's all that you can do. All I was allowed to do was buy pirate stations, pay upkeep on them, and fight missions, whats the point? Please fix these glitches so I can stop feeling like I wasted my time and money... I don't have a lot of either.
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Pinkeh
( 8.0 изиграни часа )
Публикувани: 30 май 2015
Elite Dangerous without all the smoke and mirrors.
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45_Undercover
( 0.4 изиграни часа )
Публикувани: 16 май 2015
good game go buy it !
Now
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(C4)Romme434
( 2.9 изиграни часа )
Публикувани: 24 април 2015
got this for 2$..... when i feel tired this game has its moments. not worth more than 5$
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Mallow
( 2.4 изиграни часа )
Публикувани: 21 април 2015
At first, the game seems incredibly complex. There are many ships, faction politics, a trade mechanic with a black market aspect, tons of skills and abilities, and a large map.

After a couple hours of playing, you'll realize that everything that looked good is actually poorly executed.

The combat plays out pretty much the same every time regardless of your ship and skills (which are badly balanced). You have almost no control over the combat. Everything feels very random and there is no strategy apart from picking the best skill out of the random pile of them that the game gives you every turn. Not that any of this matters. There are a few mid-level ships that are undeniably better than everything else. After a little experimenting, you’ll have a ship that can’t lose unless the random number generator has something against you.

The faction politics are almost pointless. You only need to get friendly with the factions if you want amnesty for committing crimes. You won’t be committing any crimes unless you have a combat oriented ship. If you have a tough ship, you generally don't need amnesty. It's a self-defeating cycle of uselessness.

The trade system could not be more boring. You go to a system that sells something cheap. Buy it, fly to somewhere where it is expensive, sell it, rinse, and repeat until you can afford a ship with a bigger cargo hull. Then you get the exciting experience of doing exactly what you were doing before but in larger quantities. The black market is the exact same, except you might have to a do a little more fighting.

The skill tree is incredibly frustrating as it forces you to buy a number of useless skills before you can get to the good ones. The useless skills will then fill up your queue during combat with abilities that you will likely never use and make your life harder. No, you can't disable abilities that you have already unlocked.

Apart from the differing commodity prices, there is no real difference between the systems. The factions constantly fight, pirates are everywhere except for the starting areas, and random piles of money float through space, making it far more profitable to aimlessly bounce around between planets than to actually play the game.

The most frustrating aspect of the game by far is the class system. At the start of a campaign, you have to choose a faction and a player class. The classes determine the skills that you can pick. Only certain classes can unlock the skill to buy a business while others can do things like invade systems. The class system only exists to force you into multiple playthroughs and extend playtime in order to see all of the content. The irony here is that there isn't much content to begin with.

TL;DR: You’ll have more fun with a free flash game. Don’t buy this unless you hate yourself.
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Gorkhat
( 3.2 изиграни часа )
Публикувани: 9 април 2015
Expected something else.
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twitch.tv/redprotocol
( 2.1 изиграни часа )
Публикувани: 18 март 2015
This game is exactly what you think it is. Its a space sim where u can be anything from a trader to a pirate. 4 different factions, politics. Buying and selling goods you name it. the combat system is smart and turn based, and its an open sandbox where you do what you want. Would reccomend very much. With the current sale price of 1$ its a steal!
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Smugglers 5 is nothing more than a bad card game! Do not waste your money as I did.
Someone had the nerve to post that it was a turn base EVE. Clearly the developers have friends posting for them.
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Публикувани: 26 март
If you are looking for a grand in-depth highly polished game similar to Sid Meier genre games, then Smugglers 5 is not for you. This is a nice little independently produced turn based space exploration game and it is priced appropriately. I found it very easy to learn and play however it gets repetitive once you reach the mid-game mark. The space battles are well laid out based on a combination of known skills and random draw and space exploration is self explanitory.

The downside to the game is the lack of information regarding progression within the game itself. Many interesting concepts of the game may be completely missed unless you take the time to read the playrer manual which must be downloaded as a PDF file. Also disappointing is the fact that 1/2 of the available starting professions are barred from end-game content. For example a fleet merchant type character never gets the boarding ability which means not being able to ever board and take over a battleship which in turn means never being able to defeat a starbase.
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It's a decent little game to pass the time, considering the price. While I wouldn't exactly call it an outstanding game by any stretch of the imagination, I would firmly place it in the category of: 'If you have 10 bucks to spare, some time to kill, and like strategy games with a sprinkling of story and RPG thrown in, why not?'.

It comes with a quick little tutorial to help you get started, which is nice. However I would still strongly recommend either reading or glancing through the simple manual as well, because there may be things that are of interest to you that you'd want to do and have no real idea about otherwise. Such as starting your own faction. That however is something that will take several hours and much dedication.

There are 4 factions that you can join and level up with, however if you don't join any you can go about doing what you want (minus missions) and still level up as a civilian. If you eventually join your ranking will carry over to your new faction, so at least you don't lose anything.

It's no surprise that virtually everything in the game revolves around money. The only things that don't are your own individual skills depending on which profession you choose - however note that it can take quite a while to level up and get new skills, so for some people the game might get a bit tedious, or even monotonous. You need to 'level up' 3 times before you get new skills - and some pretty big skills are on opposite ends of entire skill trees that require you to have prerequisites. So expect a lot of grinding.

If you're someone who likes games based upon their graphics - my suggestion is to move along. There won't be anything new or fancy here, and if you have a really high resolution you're going to be doing a fair amount of squinting. Otherwise you can make it full screen and squint again as everything gets stretched out. If you see something once in the game, you'll see it a thousand times.

Same for the sounds. The music will tend to cut out at various random intervals, but strangely enough I really only noticed it when it suddenly stopped. Otherwise it was fairly forgettable. Much the same for the sound effects.

There are a few instances of flavor text missing, usually in the 'quotes' area stating that this is an early access version even though it isn't. Also, if you're the one who tends to shudder every time you come across misspelled words or bad grammar in a game, then prepare to shudder a few times. Thankfully most of it is fine, but you'll notice a few spots here and there - and plenty of walls of text. Though considering the resolution I'm not really surprised.

All-in-all it's a fun little game to pass the time, or if you have that space rpg urge. It's 'just one more turn!' addicting for the first hour or two until you get the routine down. You might get to switch it up when you learn a new skill or get a new ship, or get a battle with a random event - but otherwise nothing major happens for the first large chunk of the game.

With enough dedication you can eventually reach the higher ranks and unlock more activities, but you'll have to be able to slog through a fair bit of early grinding, -especially- if you choose the civilian route.

My final score for this is a fairly decent but not great 6.5/10. It will keep you entertained for a while and will be worth it to those who are willing to put the time into it - assuming you can put up with old-fashioned graphics and sounds for quite a few hours.

For the rest of you who can't do that, I'd recommend waiting to see if it goes on sale later. At 10 USD it's still an iffy buy, but if it ever goes to 7 or less, I'd say grab it.

- Paradox Jast
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9.6 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 30 октомври 2014
Oh I was expecting so much from this game, but at the same time, I had so many doubts if it would get boring quickly. After a discussion in the forums where the developer himself almost started a fight because he thought I should just try the game as it is already so cheap (???), my curiousness was bigger than my intelligence and I went on and bought the game.

Yeah, it was fun for about 1 hour... then it started to get repetitive. So it should cost around 0.99$. Yeah, there is SOOOO much you can do in the game, but it's mostly about semantics and limiting standard stuff. If you design a game where you can be a rogue, a warrior or a magician, but then make you select all your skills so that you can make a magician with rogue clothes, it's only semantics. Oh but wait, if we cut off one hand of a magician, then people will think he is different. No he is just less fun that way. That's almost what's happening in this game. Yes, you get a bigger ship if you work hard, and the game just changes all other things so that the gameplay stays the same. Yes, you can be a trader, a trader, a trader and a trader, and also a disabled trader (pirate).

And on a side note: when I went looking if the DLC would improve the game for me, I discovered that the developer has again been fighting on the forum, banning people who do not agree. Not that that should change your opinion on the game, but do you really want to support such a developer?

Edit: Almost all the comments and forum comments I talk about have been deleted, not by me. Beware...

Edit: a copy of my reactions to sharvax's comments asking for proof:
Why link to something that has been removed? Sorry mate, I am a very nice guy with positive intentions who feels that he needs to speak up. You just look like a friend of the developer, and it's nice that you try to help him.

And by the way, you are talking about one small side note of my review. The biggest part of the review is enough explanation why I don't like the game. That's actually what reviews are about, they are very personal and should help others decide whether it's a game for them or not. The side note can no longer be proven and it's up to everyone else in here to decide whether I am telling the truth or not.

I am telling that comments have been removed, not by me, and that topics have been removed in the forum, again not by me. It looks like the review itself is safe, so for that reason, I will put this answer also into my review.

After this answer, I will no longer get into discussions about this. My review stands and the side note (which was not that important, but worth the mention imo.) has become a bit bigger thanks to you, sharvax.
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2.4 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 21 април 2015
At first, the game seems incredibly complex. There are many ships, faction politics, a trade mechanic with a black market aspect, tons of skills and abilities, and a large map.

After a couple hours of playing, you'll realize that everything that looked good is actually poorly executed.

The combat plays out pretty much the same every time regardless of your ship and skills (which are badly balanced). You have almost no control over the combat. Everything feels very random and there is no strategy apart from picking the best skill out of the random pile of them that the game gives you every turn. Not that any of this matters. There are a few mid-level ships that are undeniably better than everything else. After a little experimenting, you’ll have a ship that can’t lose unless the random number generator has something against you.

The faction politics are almost pointless. You only need to get friendly with the factions if you want amnesty for committing crimes. You won’t be committing any crimes unless you have a combat oriented ship. If you have a tough ship, you generally don't need amnesty. It's a self-defeating cycle of uselessness.

The trade system could not be more boring. You go to a system that sells something cheap. Buy it, fly to somewhere where it is expensive, sell it, rinse, and repeat until you can afford a ship with a bigger cargo hull. Then you get the exciting experience of doing exactly what you were doing before but in larger quantities. The black market is the exact same, except you might have to a do a little more fighting.

The skill tree is incredibly frustrating as it forces you to buy a number of useless skills before you can get to the good ones. The useless skills will then fill up your queue during combat with abilities that you will likely never use and make your life harder. No, you can't disable abilities that you have already unlocked.

Apart from the differing commodity prices, there is no real difference between the systems. The factions constantly fight, pirates are everywhere except for the starting areas, and random piles of money float through space, making it far more profitable to aimlessly bounce around between planets than to actually play the game.

The most frustrating aspect of the game by far is the class system. At the start of a campaign, you have to choose a faction and a player class. The classes determine the skills that you can pick. Only certain classes can unlock the skill to buy a business while others can do things like invade systems. The class system only exists to force you into multiple playthroughs and extend playtime in order to see all of the content. The irony here is that there isn't much content to begin with.

TL;DR: You’ll have more fun with a free flash game. Don’t buy this unless you hate yourself.
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12.9 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 5 октомври 2014
If you like to buy low and sell high. Then you like to play trading games like I do. I picked this game up after spending a few minutes with the demo. Since I have played close to 12 hours. The majority of that was playing the free trader. What I have found is the trade system is extremely weak. Once you spend a while in your starting system. As a free trader you start off in a fighter craft unable to warp out of said system. Profit comes slowly and the first warp ready corvette cost over 100 thousand credits. During this stage of the game profit per unit is anywhere from single digits to a 100 credits. However after you get a corvette and explore for a little while. You will find that certain systems produce Antimatter, Diamonds, and Super Ore. These systems are where you spend most of your time after wards. Buying those items and running to the closes invaded system. Where you can sell Antimatter for 1000 to 2000 profit per unit 600 or more for diamonds, and 150-200 profit for super ore. This allows for extremely easy progression and quite easily shows what this game lacks.

The main thing the game truly lacks is an assortment of ships. There are 4 classes fighters, corvettes, destroyers, and cruisers. Besides a few faction or class based starting, capital ships there are 2 or 3 options per level. With one per level with a decent cargo hold, as a trader I would have hope for more options. At the highest level ship you will have around a 2000 thousand unit cargo hold.

It isn't to small if all you do is trade. However as you level up you get the option of owning companies. Sadly it is utterly simplistic to my knowledge there is only two branches. Synthetics factories which can be upgraded to produce robotics then engines. This requires super ore and is the only other factory branch that I know of. Super ore factories can be upgraded to produce diamonds and antimatter. This branch of industries require robotics.

I would like to set up a production chain. Where I can produce super ore to ship to my robotic factories, then ship my robotics to an antimatter factory. There is no other way for you to ship your produced goods automatically. You are limited to automatic purchasing those required units in system or galaxy wide. This of course increases the cost of the factory. You can also automatically sell at a loss of 50 percent. You can of course ship the stuff to and from yourself. However this causes the final product antimatter to simply stock up while you resupply the other factories. After you stock them up enough to give you some time you will find you have already produced thousands of antimatter. Or in my case 10 thousand antimatter so as you can see a ship with cargo capacity of around 2k will make a killing with all that antimatter. However I have a stockpile of antimatter growing by the week. Once you tack on travel time to and from contested systems. Which can take months your stockpile has grown, and the robotics and super ore factories are in need of supervision. In the end it is just easier to automate the robotic and antimatter factories and closing the super ore one. They will operate making you a little profit unless the system is under attack. Where as if it had been flushed out and you could ship produced goods to and from systems automatically. And had access to capital sized freighters you could simply set around all day making billions.

So while the trading is fun it is short lived and the trader end game of companies is shallow at best. I would still consider this game worth the price of admission.
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8.6 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 13 април 2014
Initially I liked this game quite a bit. I'm a sucker for space exploration games and I really like building up my ship as I progressed through the game. The interface is a bit of a mess however. Some buttons launch in game popups like you'd expect while others launch sperarate executables which overlay your game. It looks like they set out making a browser game, but at some point decided to do something different.

I had quite a bit of fun early on in the game, but it didn't take long until I ran into a staggering lack of content. The big ships they talk about in the menus are actually not in the game. Carriers and other large ships which the game says you need to have your own fleet can't be bought as far as I can tell. So you get to a point where you can't really progress any further.

The starmap is very limited. I don't see why there couldn't be many, many more star systems and different types of planets. The amount of weapons and ship upgrades are also very limited and are mostly the same across all ships. There is virtually no point in trading past the first hour or so of the game. The combat system is ok, but gets extremely repetitive. There doesn't seem to be an endgame of any kind. There are even menu items not in use and place holder text which calls this an early access game. I could go on, but the point should be clear.

What makes it even worse is that as you try to close the game the developer advertises an expansion for the game which can only be bought through their website. Which apparantly is a standalone game with a lot of the missing features this game looks like it was supposed to have. They even have additional DLC on top of that thing. I looked at their website and if you try to buy the game they add on all the previous games in the series without asking, try to push DLC and have some sort of "download premium" service which lets you download the game whenever you want for extra cash. These are practices I thought we had put behind us years ago.

To sum it up: Stay away from this one. It is an unfinished buggy mess and not the latest version of this game. The developer are using some rather dishonest tactics to push this game on you despite it being an inferor version of a probably equally buggy mess.
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21 човека намериха тази рецензия за забавна
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6.1 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 12 август 2015
TL;DR
It's Drug Wars in space with worse graphics a bizarre 4X twist and tons of random errors and crashes that should probably only be bought on sale by people who have made thirty or more mortgage payments and think vector graphics are just a bit too intense.


This is a really great turn based strategy game with some truly annoying issues and no autosave feature so you can confidently do a bunch of things and then lose it all with a random black screen. Also if you click a greyed out button you will literally get a popup error message from windows, and sometimes you get one for no reason. Sometimes it crashes for no reason too. Sometimes you get caught up in battles you can't win or avoid for no reason. Sometimes you will upgrade your ship and totally regret the decision because it will for no reason make the game impossibly hard.

You will literally have all these problems and more. Many more. The tutorial is kind of a joke and prepares you for nothing that happens. You will make poor upgrade choices based on no information whatsoever. You will do all this, and it will be surprisingly enjoyable because the game is cheap.

You'll keep playing, learning, and crashing the game. Mostly crashing, but some of the other stuff too. The graphics can be boiled down into this sentence: "It's two jpeg images set on a black background with one of two basic overlay effects on them and no concern for consistency or integrity of the images themselves or the overlays actually. In fact if you were to tell me the entire game was random images with random overlays I'd accuse you of trying to cover for the devs for the flaws in the overall game."

You may be wondering, why such a scathing review if I claim to like the game? Well let me explain something to you.

Now friends, in a simpler time of computing when games could fit on a floppy disk and still be entertaining... this still wouldn't be a stand-out game in any sense of the term. But the type of game that this tries to be was a popular one, low graphical content, simplistic, tier-based strategy... done one turn at a time. If you remember the old Windows turn based strategy that was known by many names, the most common of which was "drug wars" you'll fall into and understand the strategy of this game immediately. If you liked that game you'll even find enjoyment in this game. Better yet, it doesn't have words on the screen like "Heroin" and "Crack" so you can casually shrug it off to friends without explaining that you really don't need an intervention. Honestly it was one weekend in Malibu.

So should you buy this game? Here's the definitive list that Buzzfeed hasn't yet syndicated into an interactive facebook quiz:

Yes:
-You like turn based strategy.
-You don't like special effects.
-You've heard of and possibly seen live either "The Mighty Mighty Bosstones" or "Seal"
-You have played many Alpha games and understand that not every game (even one this simple) can be well polished (or even finshed).
-You played "Drug Wars" on a Compaq laptop with under 256MB RAM and always thought it should have more of a Space 4X feel to it with none of the baggage.
-You think vector graphics are way too advanced.
-You've ever apologized for an EA (and I mean Electronic Arts) title.

No:
-You never played either Doom or Wolfenstine 3D.
-You were/are under the age of consent as of the turn of the millenium.
-Call of Duty is a game you have played more than once in the last year, twice if you were forced on a holiday with younger children who beat you mercilessly.
-You think games should actually be finished before they are published.
-You have something better to play.
-It's selling for more than $2.50, and you are at a point financially where $2.50 is the amount of money you can shrug off on a bad investment without becoming bitter.

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1.8 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 12 април 2014
Smuggler's 5 is a broken, unpolished mess. About a third of the tooltips are missing quotes and instead say "early release version." This game adds very little from the previous iterations. The combat is singularly unthrilling, the clunky UI could have been done better by a freshman taking a class in flash. Smugglers 5is not ENTIERLY without charm; The RPG elements and the reward system is cool. I like the idea of earning medals and awards that show up on the character's lapel. The diversity of available ships and the choose your own adventure elements are a fun diversion from the rest of the wreckage that was slapped together to build this rubbish. Im a sucker for ANY 4xer which is why I bought it, but at the end of the day I would have had an exponentially better time playing Mater of Orion, which makes no sense seeing that MOO is over 20 years than this game.
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8.8 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 13 април 2014
Somewhere between Freelancer and FTL.
However, this is most definitely not for the graphic-orientated, as its almost closer to a text-based game than, say, X3.

As for how the game actually plays its got the standard roles you can fulfill (smuggler, trader, bounty hunter, pirate, naval officer etc). You essentially go from sector to sector either trading or doing various missions or just hunting down prey. Then you use that money to upgrade your ship/buy a bigger a ship until you're big enough to help with your faction's war effort...
Or potentially even set up your own faction. I'm looking forward to becoming a pirate king in my game...


Definitely worth the price tag, if anything because it will give you hours of low stress, no-reactions-required gaming - ideal if you like to watch TV as you game!
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29.8 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 13 април 2014
This is a fun mini-4x/Elite hybrid game that is, without a doubt, worth the $$ I spent on it. It is rough and unpolished in some areas, but there is a lot of good gameplay to be had. I would highly recommend this game if you are looking for something mildly engrossing and fun while you are awaiting the "next big game" to come out. This game has a lot of heart and its fun for what it is. This is turn-based strategy goodness without the bells and whistles.
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12.6 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 27 май 2014
This game is Pirates! in space with most of the features that you would hope for in that.
That said, the game is extremely unpolished, combat gets old after a few hours, trading is boring from the very beginning, there is absolutely no replay value to the campaign, you can't mix skill types because you are forced to follow a set career and skill path (one of six), and the game tells you to buy the expansion every time you leave the game.
If you are absolutely certain that this game is something you would enjoy, and can overlook the things that I and others have said are bad, go ahead and buy the game because you might enjoy it.
If you have any doubts about this game at all, wait until it goes on sale or just spend your money on something else.
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74.0 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 13 април 2014
Years and years ago, I "aquired" a copy of Smugglers 3. I played it absolutely to death. This game is largely the same thing, except it is far more dynamic and interesting, and the end game isn't QUITE as obnoxious. It removes a bit of the immediate control from the player about how every single battle will go down with some satisfying elements of random factors... All in all, i am pleased to support these dev's, even if I may not have in the past.
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4 човека намериха тази рецензия за забавна
Не са препоръчани
56.4 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 16 октомври 2014
Even at the current discounted price of $3.39 I would not recommend buying this game. If it didn't have the bugs, and was half that price I normally would say it would be a good buy. But, go read the forum and see who you would be giving your money to, and make an informed decision.
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21.4 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 12 април 2014
An interesting game that blends several genre's and play styles into a hodgepodge spacefaring venture that actually works.

It has combat, empire/skill building, trading, piracy, exploration, ship building, owning planets or factories, and other gaming playstyles that can be done independently or in any combination the player wishes.

With it being turn-based it all happens as fast or as slowly as the player is most comfortable with, so there's a lot of flexibility to tune and play the game as one wishes.

All in all, the bang is quite worth the bucks.
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10.3 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 13 април 2014
Actually, it's quite nice and fun playing Smugglers 5. It's just like turn based X series, or Sid Meyer's Pirates! or Port Royale. You can be soldier, merchant, bounty hunter, pirate in all combinations.
On the other hand it's quite easy (I was playing Federation). There are only few avialable ships and small choice of equipment, so to be effective (I checked mostly fighting and conquering stuff) you have to choose only one path. And there's war just everywhere and everybody is enemy of everybody.

It's basically one of my favourite type of games, but it lacks some polishing to become truely wonderful. For now I give 6/10
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2.1 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 17 януари 2015
I tremendously enjoyed this game! I think it is one of the most underrated games on Steam. The series dates back to 2000 or 2001 and each game in the series has been more and more improved. It´s very polished (dev still making regular updates and listens to community) and has a great depth. I cannot understand some of the reviews here. I think they have been fooled by the easy accessibility and did not play long enough to get to the advanced features. In the base game you can fly everything from a fighter up to battleships. I don´t understand how one review can say they aren´t in the game. Also each profession has some unique skills, for example a trader can flee the battle and has special skills to defend and delay combat until reinforcements (which other game simulates reinforcements??) arrive or a pirate has special abilities focused on making sure exactly this doesn´t happen.

If you are looking for a very addictive 2D version of Elite, Pirates or Freelancer, don´t look no further. However if you prefer 3D or very good graphics, you have to look somewhere else.
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2.8 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 18 август 2014
Great concept. Its like FTL meets Dope Wars. The interface could use a little bit of help. When it comes to buying a selling inventory, it's difficult to get a baseline on the prices of the surrounding planets, and by the time you get there you might find you've wasted a lot of dough. Combat seems very simplistic and a little too much chance involved. When confronted with a ship that has you severely outmatched, it would be nice to have at least a chance to get away.
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16 от 19 човека (84%) сметнаха тази рецензия за полезна
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7.8 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 19 април 2014
Well, it is a fun little tid-bit of a game. Not yet really worth its full price unless you really can get out on all it has. It is very small simple to dowload and it is nothing to the computer, it runs smoothly. But yet it is cause it is so down in technological aspects. It aint special to look at and character selection for your own character is limited. The tutorial is nice and shows all the little stuff and not all of the greater stuff which takes a while to understand and learn about. The combat is unapealing for it is turned based, which aint bad just kinda with how it is presented. Just flying alone in a friendly star system that aint at war and you just started and then either a random enemy system's ship comes or pirate ship and you are lucjy if it your size, for they usually are bigger than you. With weapons systems that hit with less then 50% chance just becomes annoying. you fire twice but miss and then so do the enemies and it gets long and annoying. Or the enemies cant hit but you can hit a little more but they can regen their health from all the damage elongating the battle. Then it is hard to read what is happening for there isnt a clear indication of some sort that tells you what is happening. Then out of that, I dont want to spending time there.When traveling you will take days to get from place to place and traveling to different systems takes time for you gotta do it one at a time navigating to each specific wormhole to get to the next system and repeat till you get their. I know I am bashing on this game with a recomendment review but you gotta know what I am exactly recomending. Now there also... glitches that bother me greatly... only a couple I actually notice that seem like they should be easy to fix and hopefully will soon. One is,.. you can buy illegal goods (some of them kinda make me curious on backstory to the world of this game, for literature is illegal in all of the universe of human people, and something called a dreamdisc and then usual stuff, tobacco and rum) these illegal goods will get you in trouble if people catch your ship full of illegal goods. So you can have a storage and if you try to put them in there and leave it and then come back, they will be gone. so you cant horde up illegal goods yet. Then there is a part where you can own your own company of mining or manufacturing. They can make a profit on their owwn and add it to their balance and withdraw that money on your own.. but when you do you dont get your money and it disapears into the void. Now this games sounds bad, but it isnt. There are many things to do in it like it says. Own companies and be an entrepenuer and havea monopoly and rack in the dough. Or be a pirate and a bounty hunter destroy ship and do stuff like own a well knowned pirate hideout and bribe pirates to influence the market. Help your alliance win wars by going all at it and destroying enemies and their starbases or do passive stuff and deliver massive amounts of supplies for the aid or escort people out of the system for safety. You can rule and marry. Go up in ranks in your society and be well knowned. Hire crew to better navigate the system or commaders and soldiers to aide your battle expertise and raid other ships. Buy a big mega ship and upgradde it to be the best. Hunt down bounties and gain rewards, find rewards, gather artifacts and find empty shoot of loot and gain money. So in the end there are bad sides and good sides. You just gotta have your mind ready for a little game like this. It is good to pass time quick for it comes on quicks and is fast to save and quit. It is good for passing time with a little fun. Idk This is probably a bad review. But I like the game for the good shines out more than the bad
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16 от 19 човека (84%) сметнаха тази рецензия за полезна
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1.3 изиграни часа
Публикувани: 26 септември 2014
I was a bit overwhelmed at first by all the details of this game but it didn't took me long to realize that the basics are simple and that what made me feel overwhelmed was in fact the possibilities offered here and what makes this game great.

I'm just starting to play this game and it's the first time ever I really get that feeling of being a real smuggler. I recommend starting with a backstory to guide you at first as it really helps but once you understand the game you see the possibilities are endless.

I enjoy turn-based games in which I can take my time before to act and this game offers this to you WITH the excitment of building your "underground" carreer. I've only scratched the surface and can't wait to dig further.

One thing for sure, no other game can be compared to this one. THIS is the smuggling game.
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