Smugglers 5: Invasion is a standalone expansion for the turn-based science-fiction space trading game, Smugglers 5. It starts where the original game ended. After years of civil war, the Federation finally emerged victorious, crushing all rebellion. Then came the Jalkath, an invading alien race looking much like the tigers of Old Earth.
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Release Date: Oct 16, 2014

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September 26, 2016

Smugglers 5 - Update V. 1.7

Smugglers 5 - Update V. 1.7

Smugglers 5: Secession and Smugglers 5: Invasion have both received an update today to version 1.7.

Please note that old save games are not compatible, sorry.

Smugglers 5 is the fifth instalment in the turn-based science-fiction 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.

Smugglers 5 1.7:
- Technical revisions (Sourcecode and compiler)
- Bug fixed: There were some rare reports on Windows 10 when at startup the game showed error messages looking for a file, which was correctly in the game folder.

Smugglers 5 1.6b (Invasion only)
- Bug fixed (Invasion): In the Smugglers 5 Invasion DLC: "Warrior Within" there was a freezing bug in the "Golden Claw" storyline when you Stoyline step "Fraz Trokar (1)" when you Visited the moon in the Hrrashnath system.
- Bug fixed (Invasion): In the Smugglers 5 Invasion DLC: "Warrior Within" the descriptions for the stories Golden Claw and Warrior Within were reversed.
- Bug fixed (Invasion): There as a freeze when revisiting the Rasguul Base exploration story (in one of the three available storylines for this planet).
- Bug fixed (Invasion): Graphic bug where there were switched left/right pictures for Jalkath carrier
- Bug fixed (Invasion): There was a reference to 5 factions when you founded your pirate empire (in Invasion there are only 2 + your own faction).

Smugglers 5 1.6 (Invasion only):
- New DLC: Smugglers 5 Invasion DLC: "Warrior Within". This DLC is a compilation of background stories and is named after the first of the three stories. Upon installation the player can choose to play one of three short but dynamic and multiple-pathed background stories, which will lead the player through the game.
- Important information: In some rare cases it appears that due to a Steam bug on some PCs the windows in the game are not locked, like they should be. If opening a window while another one is opened, this will create a "modal" event/error message and previous windows can no longer be opened. This may cause a lot of weird errors in the game and may make the whole game look messy! This is a Steam library issue and no bug in the game! It´s possibly a compatibility problem between Steam and Windows. To solve this I suggest to uninstall Steam and all Steam games. Then reinstall Steam and the game in a newly created Steam Library (e.g. C:\NewSteamLibrary). Alternatively you can use the DRM-free version from "" (when purchasing you also get a Steam key).

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“It’s basically Elite… but turn-based. [...]”
Not rated – for Smugglers 4

“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

About This Game

Smugglers 5: Invasion starts where the original game ended. After years of civil war, the Federation finally emerged victorious, crushing all rebellion. The galaxy looked forward to a period of peace, a chance to repair the damage of a long and bitter war.

Then came the Jalkath, a new alien race looking much like the tigers of Old Earth. Their attacks were swift and brutal and they subjugated entire systems before the Federation even knew what was happening.

To the humans, they looked much like the tigers of Old Earth, and they soon proved themselves to be every bit as cunning and dangerous. The newcomers were swift and brutal in their assault, deploying terrifying weapons and subjugating entire systems before their victims even knew what was happening. The Federation has rallied a defence against the invaders, and now both sides struggle for dominance.

War has returned to the galaxy. For the right kind of captain, it’s a whole new chance for fame and fortune. Will you fight for the survival of your race? Trade and smuggle goods to make your fortune? Or play both sides against each other for your own profit?

Top features of this stand-alone expansion:

• You do NOT need the base game Smugglers 5: Secession to play.

• A new, playable alien race (the Jalkath) with new skills and professions.
• Revised ship to ship combat. The skill bar at the bottom now randomly selects a “deck” of available skills, giving the game more diversity. The “deck” changes during combat.*
• Six new alien star systems
• Exploration stories revised and new stories added to many systems.
• More than 10 new alien ships and squadrons, ranging from fighters to capital ships.
• Carriers added to the game with unique abilities – launch bombers, interceptors and escort vessels.
• Introducing new race-dependent news broadcasts and events.
• 20 new skills, including some that limit the skills available to your enemies. Existing skills have been revised to suit the new combat system and new ships.
• Conquering the enemy’s home system will immediately win the war.
• Artificial intelligence improvements
• The two main game screens now have a higher display resolution.*
and much more ...

* = (marked features have been unlocked as a community reward in the base game too)

Top features of Smugglers 5 (original game and expansion):

• 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 ...

'TOP 1 bestselling RPG game' - from 16th to 24th March 2014 (Base game Smugglers 5: Secession)
'TOP 6 bestselling INDIE game' - from 16th to 24th March 2014 (Base game Smugglers 5: Secession)

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

Attention! This is a stand-alone expansion for Smugglers 5: Secession and does NOT require the original game.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or newer.
    • Processor: No special requirements
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: No special requirements
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    • Sound Card: No special requirements

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