A sci-fi themed incremental game which allows you to expand your capitalistic empire across the galaxy! Hire mercenaries to pillage alien planets for resources, with the singular goal of making as much money as possible as quickly as possible! Totally not a playful commentary on real Terran society.
All Reviews:
Mixed (142) - 54% of the 142 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Sep 7, 2020

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About This Game

Idle Expanse is a sci-fi themed incremental game where you play the role of the planet's most successful industrialist, whose greed knows no bounds. Your objective is to grow your wealth beyond what anyone has ever imagined, but why do it yourself when you can hire others to do it for you?

Core gameplay revolves around hiring mercenaries, equipping them with the most "state of the bada** art" weaponry and gear, then sending them to remote planets to collect resources.

Unlike most other incremental games where you send teams heroes out and just wait for their return, Idle Expanse allows you to have (in)direct control over what your mercenaries do and how they achieve it. Prior to deploying a squad of mercenaries to a planet, you get to decide what tactics they'll use: Will they all stay together or will they split up? Will they seek out and engage enemy aliens or will they focus on gathering resources?

As your squads of mercenaries explore the galaxy, they'll uncover new technologies, which in-turn will unlock new features. One such feature is the ability to skip forward in time - why sit around waiting for your squads to return from their deployments when you, with the simple press of a button, can jump into the near future?

Despite the galaxy being expansive (64 planets to be exact) it is still finite. Once you've explored the entire galaxy and grown bored with what it has to offer, you'll be able to reset the clock and do it all over again... this time with some impressive perks!

Not in the mood to start over? That’s fine… you can also choose to up the difficulty (and the rewards) of the enemy aliens in the galaxy.

Oh, and did I forget to mention the ability to explore alternate realities? You can explore alternate realities.

In short, the challenge of this game is how to best optimize your use of 4 different mercenary classes, squad tactics, virtually unlimited combinations of weapons, gear, ships, technologies, and other resources to grow your wealth as quickly as possible.


  • Manage up to 6 teams of 5 AI controlled mercenaries - that’s... um... carry the two... 30 mercenaries!
  • 4 different classes of mercenaries to hire - with gender variations!
  • A mix of idle and active play - enough of each to annoy players of all walks of life!
  • 64 planets to explore - rover not included.
  • Over 22 unique enemies to battle - I hope you love the smell of burning pixels in the morning.
  • Hundreds of alternate realities - slight variations in the fabric of spacetime can result in dramatically different outcomes!
  • Multiple tiers of weapons and gear to equip to your mercenaries - “procedurally” generated.
  • Dozens of upgrades - what’s an incremental game without the upgrades?
  • A prestige system with 28 skills to invest in - with more to come... probably!
  • Arena mode - fight against wave after wave of mindless enemies!
  • Time advance - why wait when you can fast forward?
  • One-time-purchase DLCs - nice-to-haves, not need-to-haves.
  • Minigames - one of which lets you earn premium currency, see?
  • An original soundtrack composed of 16 atmospheric, sci-fi tracks - it’s pretty sweet.
  • Offline progress - sometimes the only way to win is not to play.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

Contains mild language and cartoon violence.

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS *: Windows 7
    • Processor: Dual Core 3.0 Ghz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GT 710 1 GB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated Sound
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Quad Core 4.20 GHz
    • Memory: 32 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated Sound
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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