Stars in Shadow is a turn-based 4X strategy game and a vivid tribute to the genre classics. Compete with alien factions to explore and colonize nearby starsystems, build fleets to defend against rivals, negotiate or conquer them. Win by unifying the galaxy, through diplomacy or force.
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Mostly Positive (153 reviews) - 77% of the 153 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 19, 2017

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February 16

Development Update: 16 February 2017

Greetings, Earthlings!

Today's patch includes some adjustments to ship refit mechanics along with a number of bug fixes. Work continues to improve the game, so your feedback and suggestions are important to us. Keep them coming!

Patch Notes for 16 February 2017 (ver. 19835)

Changes and Additions
  • Unfinished production projects now show a progress bar on the item in the production menu so that you can clearly see which items already have had work done on them.
  • Refit projects can now be queued.
  • Ships undergoing a refit will no longer be removed from the galaxy map, but instead will be marked as "inactive" during which time it cannot move or fire its weapons.
  • Performing a fast refit or mass refit for coin will now mark the affected ship(s) as inactive for one turn.
  • The fast refit and mass refit feature now require that ships be stationed in a system that contains an orbital facility capable of performing the refit (or that the player's faction has researched the Low Orbit Refits technology).
  • Fast refit, mass refit, and queue refit are now available as on-hover actions in the CHOOSE SHIP FOR REFIT production menu sub-pane.
  • Damaged ships will now display red 'hull integrity' bars in the fleet and ship status panes.
  • Added extra UI feedback in the case that planets may not be able to complete their production due to metal shortages.
  • The NEWS UPDATES text will now include a warning message if you appear to be running a version older than the latest major patch.
  • The 'Buy Slaves' option in the Marauder encounter should now open the appropriate trade screen if selected.
  • Tribute/bribe payments should now appropriately be deducted every turn, instead of just once.
  • Fix for a bug that could prevent the AI from taking full advantage of its trade capacity.
  • The AI should now make better choices when deciding where and when to build ground forces.
  • Scrapping a ship while it's undergoing a refit should no longer cause a bug.
  • Refitting a colony ship should no longer destroy any colonists it's carrying.
  • Using the 'embark colonists' button from the ship status screen should now properly trigger the Choose Population dialog when a planet with more than one type of population/ground units is selected.
  • Fix for an error that could be triggered by destroying the homeworld of a raider company that controlled multiple planets.
  • The 'ambivalent' racial trait should now work as intended.
  • Groups of Marines and Raiders should no longer be referred to in the tooltip as 'Marineses' and "Raiderses', my Precious!
  • Fix for a bug that was preventing ground units from storing incomplete production progress.
  • Fix for a bug that could give extra wrenches to planets suffering from a metal shortage.
  • The Plasma Cannon's firing sound effect should now trigger properly.
  • Fix for a rare exception that could occur while embarking colonists.
  • Fixed some erroneous tooltips in the technology descriptions for Fusion and Advanced Field Theory.
(Click here to view the complete development changelogs.)

Communication terminates.

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February 3

Development Update: 03 February 2017

Juffo-Wup is All… omni-existent, spreading and changing the Non into Juffo-Wup. You are Non, who must become Juffo-Wup or Void. We are the agents of Juffo-Wup.

In our zeal to please the All with our shiny new super-dreadnoughts, we let a few errors slip through that we're fixing with a patch today.

Patch Notes for 03 February 2017 (ver. 19673)

  • The number of hardpoints on Super-dreadnought hulls has been increased. Be sure to refit any super-dreads that you have already built to receive the benefit of this change.
  • Planet defense designs should now have tooltips and better sorting in the Edit Design pane.
  • It is now possible to edit and rename the special station design used when building outposts.
  • Fix for a data corruption issue that could be caused by refitting an Outpost to a design that did not include a fuel depot.
  • Outposts captured in battle should now cause control of the planet to change to the captor's side.
(Click here to view the complete development changelogs.)

Juffo-Wup fills in my fibers and I grow turgid. Violent action ensues.

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“Stars in Shadow is a classic...”

“Proper turn-based combat paired with clever innovations.”
85 – Hooked Gamers

“An indie game truly for the 4Xer to revel in.”
90 – Gamewatcher

About This Game

Stars in Shadow is a turn-based 4X science fiction strategy game. Explore the stars, settle distant worlds, and build an interstellar empire. Recover ancient technologies and negotiate with alien leaders. Created by a pair of passionate strategy gamers, Stars in Shadow features streamlined empire management, sophisticated turn-based tactical combat, and detailed world building.


  • Epic Scope:
    Starting at the dawn of interstellar travel, progress through four eras of technological advancement. Discover the science of planetary terraforming, upgrade your infantry battalions to battle mechs, and grow your fleet from a squadron of destroyers to an armada of planet-destroying Dread Stars.

  • Varied Factions:
    7 Playable factions comprising six alien races. Each faction has different research strengths and technology options. Forming alliances, conquering neighboring species, or discovering ancient artifacts may open up additional avenues of research. Choose your race wisely as it impacts which worlds will suit you, what trades or alliances may be offered, and whether or not your neighbors are inclined to trust you.

  • Stylized Setting:
    A distinctive comic-book art style and an original, detailed universe backstory draw you into an immersive game world. Interact with a unique cast of alien characters, make friends and influence people, or crush your enemies and see them driven before you.

  • Focused High-Level Strategy:
    Build a vast and varied empire, taking advantage of the unique traits offered by different alien populations and the worlds they inhabit. Experiments on a slave population might diminish your popularity in the Galactic Council. A streamlined resource and planetary improvement model keeps the game moving even when your empire grows large.

  • Deep Turn-Based Tactical Combat:
    Face off against your opponents in complex 2D turn-based tactical battles. Counter your enemy’s missile barrage using point defense or interceptors, then close to energy weapon range! Stars in Shadow’s tactical engine includes several features rarely seen in turn based games. Multi-ship commands keep even large fleet battles fast-paced, and smart unit behaviors allow tight control with minimal micromanagement. Auto-resolve battles that are a foregone conclusion, while retaining the ability to replay any engagement to see exactly what happened.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10
    • Processor: Intel Core 2.6 GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series or better
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Stars in Shadow requires the OpenGL framebuffer extension. This extension is present on almost all graphics drivers released after 2010, but laptops made before 2010 with vendor-locked graphics drivers may not be able to run the game.
    • OS: Windows 7,8,10
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo 3.0 GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA Geforce 400 Series or better, 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
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