YOU are the hero in Starship Traveller! Captain a futuristic Starship in Steve Jackson's classic sci-fi RPG gamebook!
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Mixed (40 reviews) - 62% of the 40 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 11, 2015

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“The original gamebook has been beautifully revived, and now stands shoulder-to-shoulder with its sci-fi peers across all entertainment media.”
9/10 – Pocketgamer

“It’s interesting because in the increasingly large mobile gamebook scene, I find Starship Traveller stands out for exactly the same reasons it did 30 (oh my, is it really 30?) years ago. We’ve got lots of fantasy books, some horror books, a few modern books, but this energetic take on classic sci-fi is a breath of fresh air...”
4.5/5 – Touch Arcade

“...it’s a no brainer of a purchase – especially for Sci-Fi fans.”
4/5 – 148 Apps

Feature List

  • Fully customize your entire crew, from their names, their stats – and even rename your starship!
  • Three styles of combat: melee, phaser and even starship battles!
  • Switch around your crew before each battle round for added strategy during combat!
  • Beam down to strange alien planets, selecting your finest crew for the job!
  • Auto-mapping charts your travels through the cosmos! New planets and stars appear as you discover them!

About This Game

Sucked through the appalling nightmare of the Seltsian Void, the starship Traveller emerges at the other side of the black hole into an unknown universe. YOU are the captain of the Traveller, and her fate lies in your hands. Will you be able to discover the way back to Earth from the alien peoples and planets you encounter, or will you and your crew be doomed to roam uncharted space forever?

With Fighting Fantasy's popularity on the rise in the 80s, Steve Jackson was inspired by a different setting from the traditional swords and sorcery - instead looking to science fiction. Starship Traveller allows players to control an entire ship and crew, with each member skilled in certain abilities.

Explore the vast reaches of space, updated for PC, Mac and Linux. Presented in full colour with realistic physics-based dice rolling for battles, auto-mapping, an auto-updated adventure sheet and stat keeping.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: 2 GHz dual core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with dedicated memory
    • Storage: 350 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7/8
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with 1GB memory
    • Storage: 350 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS 10.7.5+
    • Processor: 2 GHz dual core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with dedicated memory
    • Storage: 350 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS 10.8
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with 1GB memory
    • Storage: 350 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 2 GHz dual core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with dedicated memory
    • Storage: 350 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with 1GB memory
    • Storage: 350 MB available space
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Overall:
Mixed (40 reviews)
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Ring of Zen
3.6 hrs
Posted: July 17
I have read a lot of gamebooks in my younger days but not Starship Traveller. I just bought the game out of nostlagia and boy.. this is a bad one. Tedious multiple initial dice rolls which is inconsequential and senseless storyline. Steve Jackson had written great stuff like the Sorcery! series but this is a low. TimMan put in a good efforts in the illustration but just cannot salvage it. Out of so many FF books, why do they choose this one? Also, the in gmae achievement does not sync with Steam (for me ). Lucky I just bought it for cheap in a bundle during Steam Sale and get some trading cards as consolation. Out of the FF books bundle, Caverns of the Snow Witch is the best. Check out the Sorcery ! too.
BTW The gamebooks are overpriced at their original price, wait for discount.
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therealmogwai
6.4 hrs
Posted: July 9
One of the first Fighting Fantasy classic's I had the pleasure of playing. It plays like a choose your adventure book. For those of you who are not familiar with this type of game.... The player engages in dice battles and has the freedom to choose one's path by selecting one of multiple options provided. It can get repetitive but alas, this is the nature of this type of game. Space theme is neat and the ability to engage in both spaceship battles and on foot are a plus for me. I always especially enjoyed this one. I can only hope for freeway fighter one day. 8 / 10
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r-cane
1.2 hrs
Posted: May 31
Buggy and not worth the money.
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Videogamevegas
0.9 hrs
Posted: May 29
Got this one on an extremely low sale within a bundle. However, you don't have to wait for a sale, this game is worth its full price! It's like playing a condensed season of Star Trek! Pick your crew, name your ship, and explore the galaxy! Amazing music, art style and story, this one has it all! Don't miss out!
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gordonfreeman01
1.7 hrs
Posted: March 7
If you like choose your own adventure books where you'd read through and adventure, then at each point of choice you'd skip to a specific page to see how it pans out this is the game for you. The story is simple but interesting as are the situations you encounter although the difficulty can be a bit on the hard side given the exploratory nature of the narrative. It will most likely take more than one run to successfully see the mission through but as you can see from my playtime I did 2 runs within less than 2 hours (with a little help on the 2nd one so add at least an hour unaided). As you can see the length is relatively short (although there is still a lot left to discover in my playtime) but at least on a sale it's totally worth it if you like this type of adventure.
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Centervillain
0.0 hrs
Posted: February 6
I fell asleep after 30 min. Apperarently, there wasn't enough nostalgia to keep me awake. Maybe I'll try again. Probably not.
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unhappy_meal
0.0 hrs
Posted: February 6
One of the better FF books to have been brought into video game land. If you haven't heard of Fighting Fantasy books (as appears to be the case with many of the negative reviews here), it probably won't be as interesting to you because i) you're basically playing a book, and b) nostalgia is the greatest power of all in these here parts ;)
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Raven
4.1 hrs
Posted: December 23, 2015
Very, very short. Somehow managed to beat the game the first time through. Figured out that it's very hard to find alternate paths that are successful, which ends up being just frustrating instead of encouraging experimentation.
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doiron5
4.7 hrs
Posted: November 28, 2015
For what it is, it's fun. The writing's bad. It's probably one of the worst written Tin Man games, but it's also true to the 1977 original choose your own adventure book it was based on. It's a kid's book; don't expect character development or plot twists. Things are mostly predictable.

What it does well is being a very straightforward Star Trek TOS inspired romp through a few alien encounters. The battle and stats system is pretty well balanced, although it definitely is on the 'easy' side. There are only a few possible ship battles, and maybe a dozen possible phaser/fist fights. You can win the game being a complete pacifist, but not as a pass-the-fists (two key encounters require diplomacy; the rest can be fought through if you want).

The big downside is it's fairly limited. There's not a lot of meat on the bones. A couple hours to beat the game, a couple hours more to see everything and unlock all the achievements if that's your thing. For full price, I'd say it's not worth it. But if you can get it in a bundle and know you're not getting a game with deluxe treatment, go for it.
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Radioactive.Illusion
3.4 hrs
Posted: November 26, 2015
The game itself is simply trash, except for the trading cards. (3/10)
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
102 of 114 people (89%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 11, 2015
Starship Traveller is a must buy for fans of Fighting Fantasy / Choose Your Own Adventure books. Tin Man Games have pulled off another great conversion of a 32 year old book.

The story is based around the captain of a starship (you) who has been thrown into a black hole and ends up in another universe. You'll need to explore the new area, beam down to various planets, interact with different alien races, and try to find clues to help you get back home. At the same time, you'll need to manage your crew, and maybe get into a skirmish or two.

The music and grapics are superb, and fit perfectly with the atmosphere and sci-fi theme. The character creation & combat system are structured differently than The Forest of Doom. You can name your character and crew, and even your ship. All the stats will need to be rolled, unless you want to choose a predetermined crew (if you have no friends). Want to name your ship 'Serenity', and your crew after the characters in Firefly because you're still bitter about the fact they they only got 1 season, and Lizard Lick Towing has somehow got 6? Go for it! The combat system is slightly more complex as you control more than one character on occasion. You choose which crew members you want to beam down to unknown planets. You could choose your Medical Officer and Science Officer, end up in a scrap, and wish you'd taken a Security Guard or two, and end up losing one or more of them. There is also a quick battle option should you wish to use it. The artwork has been completely revamped from the original book as well.

You still get the proper Fighting Fantasy experience. Dice rolling. An Adventure Sheet. Multiple bookmarks (for all you grubby cheaters!).

Starship Traveller also supports Steam Achievements, Trading Cards, and Australian game developers. Good luck to them! Trying to make a game with all those great big, hairy, sweaty, meaty deadly spiders running around can't be easy.
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45 of 57 people (79%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 11, 2015
This is how game books should be made into video games! Much more polish than the competitors I've tried (and there are a flood of them on Steam).

I won't spoil the story, but suffice to say that Commander Shepherd, Miranda, and Garrus have had several adventures, in the 3 or so hours I've played so far, and each time the outcome was different - just like the good old days when I read similar books as a kid (I don't recall seeing any Fighting Fantasy where I grew up).

The menus are nice, and the game is customizable, so if you like a different font, or want the text smaller or bigger, you can do that. It's nice, and I picked up Forest of Doom as well, and can't wait to get into that one (I'm more a fan of the fantasy setting, to be honest).
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30 of 34 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 13, 2015
Starship Traveller,

Is another adaptation by Tin Man of a "Create your own adventure" book. Basically this is a good thing, but how did it work out?

-The presentation is nicely done in a overall blue tone and provides a solid sci-fi feeling.
-The difficulty checks and other rolls are well animated and create a bit of tension when you're hoping for a "good" result.
-The writing is okay, but isn't of the best and during the second playthrough it becomes rather boring.
-Each adventure starts out the same and that is a big negative thing. The planets and things you encounter are always at the same spot and there's no variation in this. That makes Starship Traveller a strong game during your first game and a very boring one as soon as you start a second or third game.

Would I buy this game if I knew about this?
Well, yes, because I'm just the kind of person who likes to read and always liked these kind of books.
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24 of 32 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 11, 2015
As someone who enjoys both Choose Your Own Adventure novels and sci-fi RPGs (Bioware's games in particular), I'm finding myself pleasantly surprised with this title. While I have no prior experience with the IP, the ambience and story are vaguely reminiscent of Star Trek and the like in terms of audio and overall presentation.

It's worth noting that this game/novel is quite unique among its genre since most of the CYOA stories I've read are bereft of any graphical (i.e., artwork injected into the text) and/or musical representations. Having these additions is a nice change of pace and helps to establish the atmosphere the developer is trying to create. Furthermore, this also includes a visually appealing GUI along with some customization options, which is yet another treat in this genre.

EDIT: The Star Trek references littered throughout this novel are kind of amusing. For example, you carry "phasers," "beam down" to planets, have warp drives, wear the same uniform colors as the classifications in TOS/TNG, and when you select your ground team, the choice is labeled, "Make it so!"

Will update once I've finished my playthrough in its entirety.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2015
If you like star trek and grew up reading choose your own adventure books i don't know how on earth you won't dig this game. The whole "bookmarks" working as game saves is a cool feature.

Pretty solid hour or so branching story where you get to send away teams and figure out ways to get your ship and crew back across the galaxy thru a blackhole. Not the greatest space saga but an enjoyable and not overly complex journey. The combats are fairly basic but the conversation skill checks are almost more rewarding...except when you fail. never saw any ship combat like is shown on the store page but guess i'll need to replay to find out. To bad i never got to kick my ensign "wesley crusher" off the bridge though--DLC please!
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 13, 2015
Nice laid back game. Nice interactive menus, artistic work goes well with the style of the game. Not too long and not too short, just enough to feel like youve accomplished something.... If you win! Options during gameplay give you a feel of having an impact on the story and you feel bad when one of your crew dies. The game can be harsh at times and rewarding at others but is well balanced in how it deals out pain!
I have yet to beat the game but am enjoying the replay value a lot in that the game makes me want to beat it!
Story: 7/10
Art/Graphics: 9/10
Gameplay: 10/10
Overall: 9/10
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22 of 34 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 21, 2015
A pretty interesting game but be warned it will get very repeatitve very early on...starting each mission follows the same text and it will start to get boring after a short while. Most of this is due to luck though so sometimes your mission may go on for quite a while or ends very quickly. Overall the appearance is pretty good though but no flashing graphics and just one sound wave most of the time. Its a good alternative to other action packed games and a lot of love was spent in making this but due to having to repeat many stages in the game (visit the same planets etc knowing what may lie ahead) then I cant recomend this which is a shame.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2015
If you remember the pick-a-path books and Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone then you know what it's all about . Great to see these titles getting a digital release .
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2015
For what it is, it's fun. The writing's bad. It's probably one of the worst written Tin Man games, but it's also true to the 1977 original choose your own adventure book it was based on. It's a kid's book; don't expect character development or plot twists. Things are mostly predictable.

What it does well is being a very straightforward Star Trek TOS inspired romp through a few alien encounters. The battle and stats system is pretty well balanced, although it definitely is on the 'easy' side. There are only a few possible ship battles, and maybe a dozen possible phaser/fist fights. You can win the game being a complete pacifist, but not as a pass-the-fists (two key encounters require diplomacy; the rest can be fought through if you want).

The big downside is it's fairly limited. There's not a lot of meat on the bones. A couple hours to beat the game, a couple hours more to see everything and unlock all the achievements if that's your thing. For full price, I'd say it's not worth it. But if you can get it in a bundle and know you're not getting a game with deluxe treatment, go for it.
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 4, 2015
Played it two times and already encounter the same areas. I also did hope for a bit more interaction or logic in the choices. It's basically almost only pure luck what will happen.

My ensign drinks water from which I gather strange readings! I'd like to put him under quarantine or wait or take water and have it checked, but no, I can only beam with my crew back on board and "of course" there is trouble coming from him drinking the water. Doh!

It's something different and at a much lower price point quite fun for half an hour or so. But to justify the rather high price I'd like to see more choices, more logic and/or some animations/movies/artwork.
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