Space Colony: Steam Edition is a remaster of the real-time base builder and strategy game from Firefly Studios, creators of the Stronghold series. In Space Colony you colonize to survive, designing intergalactic bases that keep your crew productive, happy and defended against hostile alien threats.
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Release Date: Apr 30, 2015

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“Space Colony: Steam Edition brings a classic game into the present with a great deal of polish”
8/10 – TheSixthAxis

“Space Colony has the retro flavour of a well-made and judged remaster”
8/10 – Eurogamer Italy

“Offers a fresh experience that blends proper city-building with managing the needs of your crew”
4/5 – Softpedia

Special Edition

Our new Steam Edition of the beloved sci-fi base builder Space Colony is now live! While the Steam Edition includes several new features one of the most requested was Workshop support, which is now available. Workshop provides you with the official means to share and rate custom missions and maps, stringing these together to create whole intergalactic campaigns! For everyone else it's a treasure trove of maps, missions, exotic worlds and alien hives just waiting to be downloaded and explored by spacefaring players.

We already have added a few choice maps from the archives of our biggest fan site, which are available to download direct from the Steam Workshop page. Upload classic designs from 2003, campaigns created in the years since or create something completely new for the community to enjoy.

About This Game

Half way across the galaxy with limited resources, a mega corporation looking over your shoulder and a ragtag crew expecting a pay cheque, it's up to you to survive and turn a profit. You have a base to build and hostile alien threats to neutralise, but ignore your crew and the colony is doomed. Each colonist has a mind of their own, so keeping them safe, happy and alive is no easy feat. Nurture your crew and they’ll team up to protect your intergalactic empire, forget to pay them and you’d better post a guard at the reactor!

As a commander of military and commercial installations on Earth, Blackwater Industries wants to see how you handle the rest of the galaxy. In Space Colony your career is in the hands of an unruly crew, all looking to escape life back on Earth. Choosing from more than 100 different buildings, it’s up to you to design and build a colony that meets their needs. Before you shell out your credits on iron extraction and lucrative space chicken production remember that without laser defences, a sauna and a half-decent restaurant nobody is going to want to work for you.

Created exclusively for Steam, this remastered version of Space Colony features a new Galaxy mode 'Obar' mini-campaign, Steam Workshop support, achievements, trading cards and Steam Cloud for saved games. Space Colony: Steam Edition is the definitive version of the sci-fi base builder for fans of the original, the builder genre and the Stronghold series, with which it shares DNA in both gameplay and an irreverent sense of humour.

Also supported are settings for HD graphics unavailable in the original version, allowing players to view their entire base on a single screen! Detect alien life forms early and counter-attack before they get near your crew, keep an eye on all workers at once or harvest resources off-base while making sure everyone visits the colony psychologist.

  • Remastered for Steam - New 'Obar' mini-campaign, Achievements, Trading Cards, Steam Workshop, Steam Cloud support and a re-balanced Easy Mode.
  • Construct a Colony - Design a base for cosmic warfare or interplanetary tourism with military and civilian campaigns.
  • Defend Your Crew - Protect your colonists from alien life forms with Hovermines, laser turrets and the fearsome Dogbot.
  • Train Specialists - Select your crew from a cast of 20 unique characters and train them in cybernetics, mining, lasers and more.
  • Explore the Planet - Increase your wealth and standing with Blackwater Industries by mining minerals and expanding your colony with over 100 different structures.
  • HD Upgrade - High resolution graphics allow you to view your entire colony on a single screen.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® XP/Vista/7/8/10
    • Processor: Intel or AMD Dual Core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c Compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
This game is so slow. everything takes like forever.
I like space themed games, i like simulations, i like mix of strategy en RTS.

I would not reccomeend this game, if this would be your first space themed rts/sim.
You would really get the wrong impression of what these kind of games should be all about.
In fact I wouldn't recommend this game to anyone.

The only space is the waisted space colonised on my hard drive.
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3 of 9 people (33%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
This game is from 2003, the release date is for the repack, but the games graphics have been adapted but not really improved, lots of fixed resolution small boxes. The intro video on steam is of better quality than the cut scenes.

A relic of another age that should be left there.
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216 of 258 people (84%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 30, 2015
TL:DR? See Conclusion

Space Colony is the Steam release version a 2003 game with the same title. The game was developed and self-published by FireFly Studios whose most notable work includes the popular Stronghold franchise. The game draws heavy inspiration from the well-known 'The Sims' games, the 'Tycoon' series of games, and FireFly's own Stronghold titles which is reflected by the existence of a combat mechanic.

The game features a lengthy single-player campaign where the player takes on the role of Venus Jones and her diverse team of space colonists working for Blackwater Industries, a company hell-bent to increase profit and productivity at the expense of its own employees. Travel to different worlds and follow one of the two branching storylines by either going through the military or civilian campaigns. Like a Real Time Strategy (RTS) game, it also features a 'skirmish' mode along side the campaign. Likewise, the game also has a sandbox mode like a regular Sim/Management game.

+ Classical HD remake of the isometric view of old games with some enhancement on detail
+ Colorful and goofy characters with different personalities and traits
+ Story mode is fun and offers a variety of challenges (limited resources, colonists, etc.)
+ Interesting new idea to mix different game elements such as: simulation (relationships, needs etc.), real time strategy (combat, base defenses and resource gathering), and management (resource management, work efficiency and trade)...but (See CON #1 and #2)
+ Fully voice acted with decent voice acting and dialogue
+ Branching story mode to showcase the civilian and military aspects of the game
+ Upbeat techno soundtracks that fits the game very well
+ Map Editor to make your own scenario or maps
+ Steam Workshop support
+ Contains all other bonus packages for the game

- The RTS elements are basic: It lacks essential features that should be mandatory for proper implementation of an RTS aspect of a game such as but not limited to: Unit groups (ctrl+1 etc.), Attack move, patrol, or just a hotkey to Stop units would be nice.
- The 'Sim' aspect of the game is also lacking in its complexity when it comes to colonist relationships.
- The isometric graphics does not allow you to rotate the screen or objects.
- Lacking in option menu: Hotkeys cannot be rebound
- Speed setting is lacking with only pause, normal, or fast as the only options.
- Base construction follows the 'Sim style of creation' where items are available at anytime (unless you are in story mode). This is under CONS because they could have gone with the RTS style of base construction which would follow a technology tree system which unlocks specific options based on existing technology or structures. This, in my opinion, would have added to the game's complexity.

NICE GAME with a lot of POTENTIAL. The concept of mixing together the various aspects of Simulation, Real Time Strategy, and Management games is a great idea but only if the proper mechanics from each of those genres are implemented properly. Among other things for example, Space Colony severely lacks basic RTS controls such as unit grouping and waypoints which lead to some frustrating and clunky unit control. Another issue is with the Simulation aspect where the shallow relationship mechanics made for some boring relationship micromanagement and the lack of screen-rotation led to some mis-clicking accidents. If these issues are ironed out, the experience would have been much better.

Overall I still enjoyed my experience with Space Colony and I can RECOMMEND this game to anyone who's interested in this type of 'Frankenstein' genre. With its after-years graphics, this game is not system requirement heavy (unless your PC is powered by a potato) and can easily run even on netbook computers making this a nice game when you're on the move.

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70 of 82 people (85%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
37.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 1, 2015
Played this (a bit too much) as a kid, and was over the moon when I saw it coming onto steam. Thankfully they didn't 'improve' on it too much and kept all the story line and quirky humor the same. They have however improved on the graphics enough to bring it up to date and now that it's on steam it will be more fun to make custom maps and scenarios to share with other people on here...we just have to wait for someone to start doing that and I'll be getting on with mines shortly too :P

All in all, a great game to play for both new and returning players of Space Colony. Stig FTW :D
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52 of 59 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
54.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 31, 2015
Space Colony is a treasured part of my childhood.

It was revolutionary at its conception in 2003, a fully working blend of the most popular PC genres at the time.
12 years later, it retains its replayability by stepping into the modern age with improved graphics, higher resolutions, and endless potential workshop content; an entire universe of planets to colonize, available only through Steam.

The premise itself is quite simple: Direct a team of uniquely skilled operatives to completion of their group task on a strange planet. The operatives themselves being slaves to their bank, and the corporation running the galaxy, Blackwater Industries. Blackwater industries will not often provide you with much to complete this task, and chaos often ensues.

There are social aspects, as well as plenty of RTS combat. Luckily there is a pause button, you'll need it.
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37 of 41 people (90%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 2, 2015
Fun game to play but you need some patience every once in a while. The crew has needs to be tended to but that goes for the most part on auto pilot.

In this game you build up a corporate colony. Build resourcers, beds, chairs and laserturrets.
You can put a shower room right in the middle of the colony hub and not one single crew member will care. Sauna next to the prisson? Not a problem. Counseling bot next to the dance floor? That can be arranged.

In the campain mode, you start off with a small colony which you have to expand. At first it looks like you can't scroll across the screen, but thats only because the area around the base hasn't been explored with lights yet.

After the first 5 or 6 mission you split off into two paths: a peaceful path and a war path.
The missions can be pretty severe and even the peace route can be pretty violent. The first time i tried the peace route, my base got overrun with aliens and my entire crew got killed. I was then congratulated by the corporation for killing off my crew without having a mutiny, they were impressed. Haven't tried the war path yet and i think my crew won't survive that one either.

- good ol' fashioned building construction.
- Shooting furry aliens
- Somewhat dark sense of humor
- Sims-light in space.
- During the campaign, your entire base will be carried over as long as you play missions on the same planet.

- Due to being an older game it has no zoom function. Can get irritating at times.
- Iff an important crew member dies, it's basicly game over for the campaign.
- Tammy

Rating. 7/10 Would shoot hordes of small furry aliens again.
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98 of 143 people (69%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2015
I own several copies of this game. The latest, before buying this, was the HD version. In firefly's advertising they make claims about this steam version. A new single Player campaign? New missions and lots more. But this seems to be exactly the same as the HD version. Another former fan found it to be the same. He posted about it if you care to read it.

I didn't bother going to all that trouble. Verifying map files to see what was added. After buying the game I started playing and could not find any new campaign. Or anything else except for the launcher which is supposed to allow adding workshop items.

Apparently I'm a sucker. I feel cheated. Good job firefly.

The game itself is fun. But there is nothing new or worth while in the steam release.
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40 of 48 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 8, 2015
Space Colony was originally released in 2003 and then upgraded to HD in 2012. Steam Edition is now let loose in 2015 that adds all of the modern conveniences, including a brand new single-player campaign, achievements and both workshop and cloud support. Core of the game is focused on real-time strategy but it brings so much more. Great blend of Sims, Time Management, City-Building, Strategy and Tower Defense gameplay along with a distinct 90s space vibe.

Initially getting given options of playing through the campaign (including cut-scenes and stats that carryover between missions), galaxy mode (choose your own planets and pathway), sandbox mode (choose your own planets and given access to more equipment without upgrading) or loading user-created mods. Included are a bunch of community favorites but there is a huge selection to choose from. With the addition of a reasonably intuitive level editor and steam workshop support it would be very easy to spend many hours just playing custom games.

Thankfully even though upgraded, Space Colony has kept all of it's original charm. The tacky yet amusing banter between odd-couple characters, the combination of 70s disco and elevator music and the space creatures straight out of your favorite B horror movies. For fans of the genres I mentioned above this is a game not to be missed, more so if you never had a chance to play the originals because (imo) you are in for an absolute treat. Just make sure you have the spare time as it can be quite addictive.

Few small downsides, Inability to zoom your view (older engine) but the wonderfully detailed pixel art makes up for this and sometimes the UI can be a little clunky though more a matter of playing the game longer. Highly recommended game and one worth shortlisting. Cheers folks. :)


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27 of 31 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 1, 2015
Ah Space Colony, one of those games that was a guilty pleasure and ate up hours of my time, yet I would never admit to any of my gamer friends that I actually played this game.

It's great that an updated version has arrived on Steam. At the heart of it though is still the same game with the same flaws. You still can't rotate objects, you can't zoom in/out on the map, there's only two speeds (normal and turbo), and there's lots of actions to be done but none of it can be queued. The selection of buildings and decorations is rather basic and graphics are by today's standards, quite dated.

However, when you get right down to gameplay and working with this group of highly dysfunctional misfits, Space Colony really comes to life. Keeping them sane and happy is no small task, plus romance can spring up amongst colonists in the most unlikely of places.

It might be an older game, but I still recommend it.
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 14, 2015
As someone who plays a lot of tycoon, sim and strategy games. I would recommend this game quite highly.

While it is kind of old, has the odd annoying feature, and is not really a giant in detail sim game. It is still a great game with plenty to do, as well as loads of interesting features. From mining resources to manufacture things with and trade, all the way up to trying to get members of your staff to have lesbian sex.

I'd give this one a 7.5 of 10, or 8.5 out of 10 if you want to take into account that it is a few years old.
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2.2 hrs
Posted: September 30
I will tentatively say that this game is good. More like okayish than good actually.
Price is right though for it.

The game is that you build a small colony on a planet somewhere in the universe and you got peeps with needs of all kind that you must fulfill so that they can work efficiently at their jobs. Some of them hate each other or are pretty crazy, which should add color to the game but actually you just need to make them spend quality time togheter so they become friend. Eventually, everyone is friend with everybody and the game becomes so boooooring and repetitive.

The game feel like a simplified SIMS game. You do have a mission to fulfill which is generally to reach a quota of a resource and sell it for some cash or something simple like that.

The graphics aren't great even with a top computer.

Voice acting is actually good. Different voice for each toon. Some emotions in them too.
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17.0 hrs
Posted: September 25

Anyone calling this The Sims in Space... no, not really. Some elements are borrowed, but the same can be said for borrowing from Stronghold and any other number of games. I'd skip that comparison.

The game is fun, though dated. You would expect this, give the initial release. But when it was updated in 2012 it was nicely done. Some of the building is frustrating... some of the planet surfaces seem like you should be able to build on them but you can't, and I've yet to see where you can terraform a bit to make a plot useful. Also, laying paths out it sometimes a pain... it can be a little tricky. Finally, it's a real drag that you can't rotate items to set them down exactly how you'd like them... something I take for granted in a mobile game like The Simpsons Tapped Out. I would love to see this changed.

Someone said in a review that the game was slow. Funny, but my game has a game speed thingy where you can either pause, play at normal, or play at a much faster speed. This does at least give you the option to speed up during slower bits... and you will.

As for the rest of it, the voice acting is pretty amusing, the characters are diverse and funky, the story campaign is deep, the sandbox mode can be challenging, and the music suits the game well.

I think that the price is maybe a bit high, but I can't personally complain as I got this in a bundle. So if you're interested, maybe wait for a sale. You'll likely enjoy it.
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145.5 hrs
Posted: September 23
Simple and fun.
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1.6 hrs
Posted: September 13
It's basically The Sims with space. Maybe for some people but... not for me. Sorry.
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5.6 hrs
Posted: August 24
Great game
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0.4 hrs
Posted: August 14
I got this game from a bundle, so I didn't research it. I thought it was a space town builder with deeper characers in it. What it actually is is SIMS in space. There are some funny characters and dialog. But be warned that the main objective is to babysit your characters. Keep their needs/requirements from dropping too low (their pay, entertainment, hunger, etc.) So it wasn't for me. Maybe you like RTSs where instead of actually playing the game, you babysit. Your characters cannot wipe their butt without given a command to do so. If that is your cup of vodka then it is probably a better game than SIMS. (Really hard for me to gauge whether a fork stabbed into my foot is better than a fork stabbed into my thigh. But it is on an alien planet so it is probably better than SIMS)
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56.7 hrs
Posted: July 27
To bad the game has so many bugs, game is fun, but the bugs are destroying de gameplay.

- People get stuck
- golfcourse is still buged
- game stops for no reason
- low fsp on big maps

So don't wast your money on this game!
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0.2 hrs
Posted: July 22
This is the second-most disappointing game I've bought on Steam. It's a stripped-down micromanagement-heavy primitive version of The Sims in space. The tutorial demonstrates how much of a snore-fest the game is - the tutorial text is more itneresting than the gameplay it describes.

Avoid this one.
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