After assuming command of one of four human or alien factions vying for galactic dominance, immediately define your game’s scope. Play for minutes to hours across tens to hundreds of planets in single-player skirmish or multiplayer modes—it’s entirely up to you.
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Mixed (73 reviews) - 54% of the 73 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 5, 2014

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About This Game

Perfect for the novice, yet sophisticated enough for the veteran, Starion Tactics is a turn-based digital board game that delivers a deeply tactical and highly visual experience with fun and quick gameplay.

After assuming command of one of four human or alien factions vying for galactic dominance, immediately define your game’s scope. Play for minutes to hours across tens to hundreds of planets in single-player skirmish or multiplayer modes—it’s entirely up to you.

Leave the tedious, everyday tasks that take away from crafting and executing tactical strategies to your faction as you explore the galaxy. Explore the galaxy map and discover different planet types: some rich in resources, some barren and unfit for terraforming. Expand your empire by choosing which planets to invade, colonize, destroy or simply ignore. Exploit and terraform planets, acquiring resources to grow and strengthen your fleet, empowering you to exterminate enemy factions and rule the galaxy.

  • Fully customize each game by creating your own settings so that no two games are the same.
  • Assume the role of a faction leader and command one of four factions
  • Focus your efforts on crafting and executing your tactical strategy while your faction takes care of tedious, everyday tasks
  • Engage single-player skirmishes or up to 8 player multiplayer wars across 10 to 100 planets—you define your game’s scope
  • Use resources acquired from planets to build and strengthen your fleet
  • Construct ships that range from small, agile scouts to colossal battle cruisers
  • From improved mining to solar eruptions to labour strikes and beyond, implement cards and/or artifacts to make games more interesting with the element of chance

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB of Video Memory
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: Windows compatible mouse and keyboard. If you are experiencing technical difficulties please email
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Stay away from this one.
It's not only "not good" as in "not Portal 2", it is "bad" as in "it would even get ♥♥♥♥♥♥ reviews on Newgrounds, Armorgames or Konkregate".
It's an insult to all honest and hard working game developers.
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233 of 282 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2014
The demanding price for this game is unreasonable by the extreme end of the sprectrum. Those with even the slightest interest, feel free to disregard as this game really brings nothing new to the genre. If this game is much better suited as a flash game on Armor Games / Newgrounds. The RNG in this game is shoddy and no customization.

"..deeply tactical and highly visual experience.."

This description cannot be any further from the truth.
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199 of 284 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2014
From the outset, I like this game. It does what it sets out to do very well. That said, I won't be playing it because it's not my style of game. It's not a space 4x game but a casual simplistic strategy came set in a space theme.

What the game appears to be from the advertising is a simplified, casual, 4x turn-based space strategy game. It isn't. I could really enjoy a game like and keep playing it for a lengthy period of time. It needs to have just a few more mechanics and a few more complexities to be a 4x. For example, there is no eXplore in this 3x game. That goes along with no research, no empire management, no ship customization, no planetary development. Well, heck, it's not a 4x game at all! That's my one warning, you will be very upset if you buy this expecting that (yes, I know it says it on the store page advert, honestly I don't know why they would advertise it as such). Let me explain what it actually is.

It's a space themed table top strategy game. It's Risk with space ships on a check board. No more complex than that. It's not a 4x, not Endless Space, nor MOO, nor SOTS, nor Stardrive, etc. It's a bad decision to advertise it as this genre. You have a checker grid of planets with each having a set number of Resource points. Capturing the planet means you gain those resource points each turn. Each planet can construct ships and the cost is subtracted from your resource bank. You have cards with some strategic value, i.e. your ship will suicide next battle and kill itself and all enemy ships, which can also be traded for resources. There are essentially two races, the Empire and, essentially, rebels/Pirates. They have different play styles whereas the Empire has stronger ships, combat strength and health, they take longer to build and more resources. The Pirates have weaker ships and take less turns to build. So the pirate early game is sprawl as fast as you can before the Empire starts coming. The ships are each different resource costs, turns to build and stats. The battles are simply graphical representations of the stat calculation. It's like Civilization 5 where you have one unit attacking another, animations ensue, and the victor remains. That's the game. That's all there is.

It's a deeper checkers in Space. Perhaps that's unfair. It's a very complicated Checkers game in space. Think of the genre as on a range of complexity from a tabletop stragegy game to your traditional, archetypal, 4x PC game like MOO. Within the table tops you can go from as simple as checkers to as complicated as Risk. Your 4x games, I would say Endless Space would be the simplistic title, MOO/Sword of the Stars in the middle and the spreadsheet game of MOO3 as the most complex. This game falls squarely in the complex table top game category and doesn't even touch the simplistic 4x scale. That's what you're buying. Don't expect a simpler Endless Space or even a casual 4x title because you'll be disappointed.

What it does though, it does right. The UI is crisp and looks good, the ships look good as does the space background. Next to no game breaking bugs so far after 2 hours of gameplay and multiple play throughs. Your games will last from about 10 minutes - 45 minutes. It's very much a pick up and go strategy title. For me though, it's still space checkers -- where you can own tiles you were on and build more checkers on them and each time you jump another player there's a battle based on numbers. I'd recommend this for casual players and table top players, not necessarily 4x players. There is a little polish lacking, it's day one after all, with some stuttering in the panning and some funky zoom decisions (click on planets to move around map, forget panning or zooming). Also, damage on ships is hard to see or even even keep track of since it's not represented graphically or shown on the galaxy screen nor battle screen. The other reviews criticised the game for having a scout take out a cruiser, fair enough, they can when your cruiser has 1 shield point left but you'd never know it during the battle. That sort of detail isn't quite polished in yet. I think $15 is a fair price point, $20 is pushing it in its current state, but maybe when it gets more polished and maybe with a little more content.
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71 of 97 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2014
I only played single player, There is no story line to discover, Though it gives you the option of team play, there is only one winner at the end (and having the computer win when you helped it sucks). There is no tutorial, This feels more like a phone app than a computer game. For $20 I expect playability from simple games that is at least comparable to a popcap game. Maybe it was meant to be played multi-player, but I was very disappointed.
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27 of 33 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 5, 2015
Don’t compare this with 4x advanced space strategy games. Because its not! But in a good way, read on!...

This is more like a space board game or at least you can play it like that. And its easy to get used to, no HUGE manuals needed. For example: You don’t need to research, mine or collect money by trade. Just invade planets and you get those resources added to your bank so you can build better ships for your invasions. Play against Ai players or team up against them. Or why not against human players online? The choice is yours.

There are several factions that you can play with. All with different benefits, so choose wisely.

There are also several game modes for this game:

Complex For those who want a more advanced experienced game on a large map. Fog of war will hide unknown planets. You will be stepping on toes in some turns. Why? Well you dont wanna loose a planet wich is building a battlecruiser at the moment. :)

Board game This mode is for those who want a true board experience. In this game mode you will also find artifacts that will grant powerful passive abilities. You will also earn random cards wich you can play to get resources, better weapons, opponent looses 1 random planet and more. Good fun if I may add, try it.

Custom Well kinda explains itself. Create your ultimate game with your choices of impact.

Normal Is the mode i have been playing most for the moment. And the whole point is to have as much planets under your command so you can get more resources to buy more advanced ships to invade and conquer planets. Combat is straight forward. For example if you send a scout to a planet wich has a enemy fighter:

Scout Weapon: Lazer 2 - Shield 2 / Fighter Weapon: Lazer 2 - Shield 4 = Fighter wins because its shield is better.

Be careful the enemy can build battleships same like you. So always inspect a planet before invading. And own as many planets as possible because that is your income.

GFx 9-10 (Gfx is spot on for this game. Really nice and clean)
Sfx 8-10 (Sfx and music fits the game nicely. Would be cool if they added custom music)
Gameplay 9-10 (The easiest space strategy/board game i have ever played no fuzz just SWEET)

If you are looking for a more advanced strategy game with trading, research and diplomatic etc you wont find it here. And honest, i dont miss it. The game is really good in what it does. Do i recommend this game: YES!.. Spot on game for a old man like me. Hopefully for you as well...
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31 of 41 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
I have played the games off-line most of the time. So my number of hours played is not that accurate.

So, let's talk about what I liked about the game first.

1. The gameplay - it's a reminisence of chess, checkers and game of the generals. If you like playing board games and if you want a game that will challenge your strategic mind, then this game is for you. The gameplay mostly involves you pressing buttons in-game but pressing that button requires a lot of thinking first. "Will this benefit me later on?" "Is this the right choice?"

2. The A.I. - damn, the A.I. is really frustrating to beat. I thought I was already winning most of my games only to realize I was suckered by the damn bots.

3. The music - Suspense. I feel like I am in outer space duking it out with them aliens.

4. The art - The game does not really on graphics too much. But it has some artworks that (may not blow your mind) will you appreciate the game more.

What I hate about it.

1. Lack of female presence - No female characters!? Whuuuuut!? Well there's the female brood mothers but I can't really tell if they're female! Comeon guys. You can easily add a female character in the game. You can just draw it you know.

2. The music - I like how the feel of the music makes me think of space. But damn... I didn't know that outer space can be so repetitively annoying.

3. No visual tutorials - The game is complicated. I was able to realize that it's all about pointing and then clicking and conquering planets after 20 minutes into playing the game. But that 20 minutes irked me so much that I actually prayed that the game does not exist. I mean, comeon.. This game is complicated, how much of a complication is it to make a tutorial that involves gameplay? Nobody reads written instruction (they have those) when you have the game in front of you. I didn't read it.

4. Price - that price does not justify anything. It's not a competitive price. Change it somewhere lower and you will surely have more people buying the game

5. Multiplayer - There's an option to play Multiplayer. But it's useless. Nobody plays the game online. Damn. I was hoping to play with someone online but damn.

So... There. That's my review. Do I recommend it? Yes. I do. But be wary, watch Youtube videos first to check if you will like the game once you have it. That price is not really making me happy. It's a good thing I snagged the game for free from the devs. I would definitely suggest that you buy if it ever goes on sale.

Final verdict: 5/10
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
413.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2015
Not too good of a game. If wants to be simple, but it also wants to do too much.

The ruleset is derpy. The card system, and the fact that moves are completed when a player finishes their turn (and not at the end of a round) means that players in different positions in the queue are at an advantage and disadvantage.

The races, while a neat idea, doesn't work all that well. For instance, one race only has more expensive vehicles. This works on paper, but when the gameplay essentially boils down to 'who zergs the most', it is a massive disadvantage.

Information in the game is presented through popup windows. And there's a lot of them. when you play you have to dismiss them all of the time. It's a bother and ultimately only serves to be a timewaste. Maybe if they'd done a proper GUI that need no user intervention it would have been better.

All of this is not mentioning the fact that a user can only move one ship at a time. Build hundreds of them, then try to move them. countless of dialogs means hundreds of clicks; one for each unit. It's just not worth your time.
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43 of 66 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2014
Not quite ready. I've noticed a few things with this game off the bat. Every turn it gives you a summary of the action in the last turn and the statistics were not telling me about the ships I lost. Combat is simplified kind of like the Civilization games, this combat is a little confusing; much of the time it will show my ship destroy the other one and find out it had destroyed my ship as well.

I do like the game and with a little work these things will probably get smoothed out in a few patches until them I can't recommend this to anyone.

Lastly this is not a 4x game, there is no research and there is no diplomacy I could find.
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35 of 54 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2014
This is a pretty cute game. Don't give the game a negative review just because you expected something else.

As the game description says. It's a CASUAL 4x Turn-Based Strategy Game. Think of it like a board game. Just because you heard a 4x there don't think of Master of Orion or Endless Space. Read the whole description. Watch screenshots. Watch videos.

Basically there are 4 factions each with 4 leaders. Each factions have different ships. The game is played like the old Hexxagon game where you take planets one by one by using the ships that you build. There is 1 resource. Each planet can give you from 0 to 2 points in that resource. Ships are also simplified. You have attack and hp. Combat is also automated.

Besides this, you can also draw "cards" that you can use at your advantage.

Basically is a game where you are trying to conquer as many planets as possible then try to defend them. It's a strategic game where you have to anticipate opponent's movement.

You can play with AI or with other Humans. You can play 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, 4v4, 2v2v2, etc.

Again, think of it like a board game. I sometimes like this games. Just pop in, play a couple of games. Keep my brain focused.

I made a video where I explain the game in greater detail here:

Again. It's not the game's fault that you expect something else.

P.S. There was a SAVE game bug that got fixed. YOU CAN save your game!
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 19, 2015
Multiplayer Does Not Work
They are not following up on their forum posts, they are not resolving issues or even commenting.

Corncrow games has a total of 6 games listed on their website:

They advertise they provided "on-site consulting for EA's upcoming AAA title." (Battlefield Four) Well, now we know why the multiplayer in Battlefield 4 has problems.

The support page, goes to an email, they never respond to

The last post on their facebook page, is 28 May, where they advertise this game on steam
Nothing, on any social media site, or steam in three months?

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Ved'mak | TheWitcher
0.3 hrs
Posted: October 22
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0.2 hrs
Posted: October 14
Worst crap ever, not worth the time to play if it was free of charge.
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0.7 hrs
Posted: October 9
I actually really enjoyed this game. I would definitely wait until you can get it on a discount, but if you're looking for a very simple game that will just kind of help you kill some time but not bore you to death, this will work perfectly.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: September 24
My ♥♥♥♥ better than this game
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3.8 hrs
Posted: September 7
First impression: casual unpolished wargame

I am calling Starion a turn-based wargame because the emphasis is on conquering the game board by strategic production and expansion. In normal gameplay, there are 7 different unit types (6 do combat, 1 upgrades a planet's production), but there's only 1 resource type (aka money, though it's not called that) and only 1 planet type (with production values of 0-2 per turn) that can produce any kind of ship. There are no tech trees and no research, there are no specialized production facilities, there are no terrain types, and battles play out by the strength of your units and the roll of the dice (the battle system is never fully explained).

The rules provide for simple tactics: Do I produce weaker ships fast or strong ships more slowly (and can I defend the planet while it is producing)? Can I anticipate and counter enemy actions successfully? The game provides for deathmatch and team modes, both in singleplayer (with AI) and multiplayer.

The rules would make this a decent game, but there are various minor bugs, the UI feels unresponsive and cumbersome at times (5 clicks to produce a ship, ship and planet lists not suitable for large numbers), and the manual is incomplete: some features of the game and most notably the battle system remain undocumented.

I have played some standard 1-on-1 games against the AI. I always get the same, unbalanced map (layout and assigned production values). The AI always produces ships on undefended frontline planets, and I can mop it up easily with a simple rush. This happens on all levels of AI. It also failed to take two of the good cities next to its base, giving away its production advantage.

I expected more of Starion. If you are looking for this type of game done right, Mayhem Intergalactic is slightly more tactical and delivers a better experience.
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Mongoloid Mike
6.2 hrs
Posted: August 2
Thumbs down
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2.9 hrs
Posted: June 25
Bought this game in some bundle a while ago. Was bored enough to give it a try.

The gameplay is shallow, the AI downright stupid and only challenging on highest difficulty due to the cheats/bonuses they receive.

The linked videos and screenshots cover pretty much the whole game:
- colonize planets without much (any) challenge
- build spaceships via menu clicks (doesnt really matter which, just spam whatever you like)
- watch automatically resolved battles and cheer for shiny explosions

If you can get it for free, give it a try maybe its to your liking. Every Cent more is a waste of money.
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20.4 hrs
Posted: March 13
i dont remember buying this game
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0.3 hrs
Posted: February 12
if youre looking for a fun multiplayer game for LAN parties or Online with friends, you will be dissapointed. the multiplay does not work. there is also no option to switch between LAN or Online which is also dissapointing. this game is only good if youre alone and love to click XD
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