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.
User reviews: Mixed (53 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 5, 2014
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May 11

MAJOR Update...and MAJOR Sale

Hello everyone!

Thank you for all the feedback you’ve provided. We take this feedback seriously and have been hard at work incorporating it into our next build...which is now ready! Here is a list of the updates we have included:

New Additions

  • Manual save option to save your progress and reload from the main menu or in game
  • Restart option to restart a scenario from scratch
  • Customizable player/team colors
  • Luck-based dice roll battle system for a more “board game” feel
  • Card targeting system that allows you to target individual ships, planets and players with action cards
  • 13 new cards to play with
  • Additional icon tooltips and dialogue boxes

What Will Be Fixed/Updated?
  • AI lockups
  • GUI lockups when inspecting certain ships
  • Double triggering keyboard shortcuts
  • Disappearing card button glitch
  • Game rendering a faulty outcome after battles
  • Lobby repopulation logic

We’re excited to hear how you think we did, so if you have a moment, please leave us a review on Starion’s game page and/or a comment in this thread.

On a related note, Starion is 75% off through May 18. If you know anyone who you think might enjoy our game, now would be a great time to try it out :)

Enjoy!
The Corncrow Team

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Just Updated

V1.0.5401.40673

- The player can now enable Advanced values, which adds Speed and Shield values, as well as allows ships to gain experience from battles and level up their stats.
- A dialog for notifying the player of ships that levelled up since last round has been added.

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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 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 support@meridian4.com
Helpful customer reviews
16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
A neat little digital board game.
Not usually a fan of the genre, but this is just the right blend of strategy and engaging gameplay to keep my interest up.

Would definitely recommend to those who just wants to play a quick scenario once in a while.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
This game is basically risk in space with basic rules. If you like risk, this game is for you, music loops, no story, just single player risk in space. It says multiplayer but there is no one in the lobby... ever... I assume it is just local multiplayer. Honestly risk in space, what is it worth to you? I bought it for a dollar. I am happier than crap man.. I wouldn't pay 20, i think 5 dollars is more approprite, if i paid 5 bucks, I would be happy.. but I paid 1 so i am really f'in happy. :) Take care all.
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16 of 24 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
I got this on sale for under $5.00 thinking it looked cool even though the reviews are mostly negative. I was wrong. If a game has mostly negative reviews, guess what, it isn't a good game.

I tried 3 games:

Game one, team play. I lost track since another player and my units were the same color and it just turned into a muddled mess. Hello, shouldn't the colors be the players rather than the factions? And my teammates ships as well as my own would both be around some plantets, and I could not tell them apart. Sometimes it seemed as if my ships were brighter, sometimes my enemies.

Game two, 1-1 with different factions. I made the mistake of leaving artifacts on in the vicotry conditions. I won the game after finding 3 artifacts before even having a combat. Not fun.

Game three, 1-1 different factions, artifacts off. The AI proves it'self brain dead. I took all the plantes. During the game, I built 53 ships. The AI? 4. yes 4. I lost (automated combat) 15 ships to take out his 4. Either he only built tough ships, which is silly in a game where it is all about expanding fast, or he just did nothing. Either way, too easy and not fun at all.

Game four - easy - Uninstall.

This game has potential. I really do think that a major overhaul could save the game. As it is, pretty much everything about this game, from the way it scrolls to the Custom game setup, which really isn't custom (can't even pick the number of planets, it's dependent on which game you choose) is irritating.

Some things that would help custom: Color choice, planet number choice, difficulty choice.

Fix the AI. Fix the colors. Fix the winning conditions. Fix the irritating scroll. Fix just about everything.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
All in all a solid turn-based strategy game. The game is easy to learn so you get to play right away. Still fairly difficult to beat unless you think about your tactics. So all in all a good game.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
Hey, it is what it is! I have only played a couple of games. But there ya go, in only a few minutes I played 2 whole games! I lost one and won one. Not bad for just starting to get to know the way the game plays. No, it is not a brainiac strategic monstrosity! But then it isn't that hard to learn to play either! It comes with a "board game" mode, and it appears to be meant to be played like one, all in one session.

Some complain about not being able to save the game for later play. Well, that may be the way the game is meant to be played-out, all in one sitting. *It would be nice, if later editions built-in more complexity and a save function. (*Game designers, please note). But for a game that lasts from a half hour to an hour, it plays pretty straight forward!

Without hesitation I give this game a thumbs up! But it might be best to keep expectations low, and catch it on sale. Heck of a game for $4.99!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
A great strategy game.

Nice graphics and music. Fun to play and easy to learn, while still being challenging to play.

Highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Neutral: There's an interesting take on a board-game style space strategy game to be had here, but it's left feeling somewhat empty and has some technical issues. The price is frankly a bit high for such a title however, but it might be worth picking up on a sale. There's a decent if simplistic game here, just nowheres enough for twenty-two dollars in my admittedly-subjective opinion. There's some fun to be had here in multi-player though, so worth considering on a sale.

Read the full review on Highland Arrow here
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Ive only played one game but it was quite fun. If you like simplistic strategy games you might wanna try this out
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
I really like the look of the game and the ambience~
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Great game fun to play
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
fun to play, easy to learn.
strongly recomended
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Enjoying this little strategy game. Nice tactical elements and A.I. is challenging. I'd recommend for fans of chess/risk style board games.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Straight forward strategy game, no tutorial. You learn as you go and it's pretty easy to pick up. Good to play in short bursts.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Fun game, easy to pick up and play. Pretty much what I've been looking for.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Fun and addictive game. Probably the best game in the world. I'm lovin' it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
A calm and collected tactical space combat game. Simple but enjoyable graphics and smooth gameplay. Plays a lot like Risk. Games can range from half an hour to several hours depending on map size and number of factions / players. 2v2v2v2 is awesome!
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Fun board game like space game!
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222 of 265 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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191 of 274 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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