Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander is a retro space strategy RPG with base building, deep tactical combat, crew management and emergent storytelling.
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Very Positive (29 reviews) - 93% of the 29 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Positive (814 reviews) - 79% of the 814 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 8, 2016

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June 22

DevLog: v1.3.5 Hotfix and News!

Hi Commanders!

Today’s hotfix will be a small one.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed bug where player does not receive 20 fuel for the Upgrading
  • Refinery Quest at Ghost Head
  • Save game patch for players stuck on the Chruul Seeder mission
  • Fixed bug with O'Brien's second event firing before the first happens
  • Various minor bug fixes, UI tweaks, and game engine optimizations

Annnnd that’s all folks!

Update on the big update…

Now onto bigger news! First off, we’d like to thank all our fans for being so supportive of us devs from Day 1. Your feedback on Halcyon 6 has been so helpful to improving the game over the year. Creating fun game content and mechanics for you has always been our sole priority.

We'd like to announce our upcoming release of Halcyon 6: Lightspeed Edition! We started working on H6:LE after v1.3.1 was released. By the time it is released in August, that will be almost 6 months of full time development on this new edition!

Of course, Halcyon 6: Lightspeed Edition will be FREE for all players who already own a copy of Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander.

We’re currently finishing up the revamped UI for H6:LE so we can get the trailer finished for the big announcement next month!

Aaand one more thing…

We’re doing a huge 50% discount for the Steam Summer Sale! Please tell your friends or even better, buy them a copy :D

Thanks again for all your support - keep on conquering the universe!

The H6 Team

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May 30

DevLog: v1.3.1.4 Hotfix is up! More bug squashing goodness!

Hey Commanders,

Today's hotfix is a quick one to address some bugs that were identified thanks to our awesome community!

Bug Fixes & Enhancements
  • Added keyboard scrolling to Tech Research screen
  • Fixed bug with ending cinematic sometimes getting cut off
  • Fixed bug with diplomacy being affected after destroying a possessed raider fleet

That's it for today!

As for our HUGE update.. it's so big, we've decided we're going to call it the Enhanced Edition. It'll be a free update for all players of course.

We're working on a trailer for it so details will be announced at the trailer launch.

Thanks again for all your support!

H6 Team at Massive Damage

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“Space has never looked prettier in a pixelated format, nor has the silliness of attempting to interact with alien races been quite as charming. On a minute-to-minute scale, it balances challenge and humor to make for a game that feels like a well-realized version of some long forgotten sci-fi TV show.”

“Halcyon 6 is a sumptuous video game stew. It’s got hints of XCOM, FTL, 4X space games, and JRPGs, plus gobs of humor and personality. I’ve taken to calling it 4XCOM for short. This feels like the sort of game that will keep me hooked for weeks.”

“Strategy, resource management, and RPG combat in one charming nostalgic package”
8.5 – Gamewatcher

About This Game

The Game

On the edge of Terran space lies Halcyon 6, a derelict starbase left behind by a mysterious precursor race. Your mission is to reclaim the derelict station and rebuild it.

A mysterious alien force is making a beeline towards Earth and this starbase is the best chance for the New Terran Federation to establish new alliances, research new technologies and otherwise figure out a way to stop the impending invasion.

Using only the resources you can salvage from the derelict station and gathered from nearby star systems, it’s up to you to rebuild the starbase to lead the Terran Republic’s scientific research, exploration and diplomatic efforts on the edge of known space.

Halcyon 6 is a passion project who’s design is inspired by our years spent playing classic games like Star Control, Master of Orion, X-COM, Civilization and new classics like FTL.


  • Base Building: spend resources to build station facilities (rooms) to enhance your production and technological capabilities, or build ships to help you control more territory
  • Exploration: assign your fleets to nearby star clusters, where they can handle emerging enemy threats, do missions for alien factions or secure bonus resources
  • Crew Management: assign crew to station facilities to greatly improve their output efficiency, or to ships where they can contribute in unique ways to combat, missions and events
  • Deep Tactical Combat: fight tactical ship or ground battles to resolve hostile events, create a foothold in the sector and ultimately defeat the enemy mothership!
  • Story Events: based on game criteria like rooms-built, alien diplomacy scores or officer traits/skills, the game will produce story events (often with multiple choice outcomes) that can lead to combat, time-related applied bonuses/negatives, officer attribute changes or any number of crazy in-game stories.

Project Goals

Unlimited Replayability: Each playthrough has players dealing with a new randomly generated derelict station, surrounding galaxy, crew recruits, and alien factions

Motley Crew: Each crew member has unlimited potential for acquiring unique behaviours, traits and abilities, for better or for worse. Making the best use of your dysfunctional crew will be one of the keys to success. Who should be your main Science Officer? The insomniac that works insane hours but has an addictive personality or the agoraphobic mad genius?

Encounters of the Weird Kind: There are 6 alien factions in Halcyon 6 and they are all quite different with varying objectives and personalities. Only your wit and your crew’s skills will help you navigate the diplomatic waters to gain them as key allies or valuable trading partners.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 10
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128MB
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 10
    • Processor: 2GHZ
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • OS: Linux Ubuntu
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • OS: Linux Ubuntu
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
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