By Chimera Software, LLC
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"The best 4X game currently available for mobile" - PocketTactics.com
"This one is geek heaven" - AppAdvice.com
"Master of Orion in Your Pocket” - GamePro.com
"This one is geek heaven" - AppAdvice.com
"Starbase Orion has an epic-feeling" - TouchArcade.com
"Starbase Orion is here, and it's glorious." - TUAW.com
Explore. Expand. Exterminate. Can you defeat your friends and become the ruler of the galaxy?
Starbase Orion is an old-school 4X space strategy game that draws inspiration from titles such as Master of Orion and Galactic Civilizations. Lead your empire from the birth of its space age; colonize new worlds, explore new horizons, and discover other players attempting to do the same. It is a race to the stars where only one empire can declare victory over the galaxy.
New to 4X Strategy Games? No Problem
Starbase Orion includes a hand tailored tutorial mission perfect for those new to the genre. It features high-quality voice acting provided by the very talented Maurice Thomas.
Aged like a Fine Wine
With nearly a three year life span the dedicated community of Starbase Orion players and the developer have produced twenty-three fantastic updates. Each update has introduced new features and player suggested functionality to make the game better, more strategic, and more immersive.
Strong Single-Player Experience
Compete against a battle-tested artificial intelligence. Our AI was derived from our entry into to 2010 Google AI contest, where it placed in the top 15% of thousands of competing intelligences. Go head-to-head against a single AI opponent, or ramp up the carnage with a 4 way free-for-all.
GameCenter Multiplayer Turn-Based Games
Starbase Orion was designed to provide a fantastic multiplayer experience. Launch the game, sign into GameCenter, and start a new multiplayer game. No need to coordinate play times or seek out other players. Just go play, when you want and on your terms.
Choose Your Race, Or Create Your Own
There are five uniques races included; Human, Draske, Vass, Cyban, and Isather. You can also create your own custom race by picking and choosing between different race characteristics.
Intense Space Combat
Design your ships from a variety of weapons, hull, and systems. Send them into battle against the enemy. Give them orders, then watch the battle in unfold as they duke it out in the dark expanses of space.
Diplomacy, Espionage, Free Agents
Direct confrontations not your cup of tea? Negotiate your way to victory through diplomatic endeavors. Confound your enemies with an army of spies. Contract one of the many power and unique leaders to help you to victory.
Starbase Orion is built from the ground up for iOS 5. It supports iCloud so that your saved games are instantly available on all of your devices. Start a game at home on your iPad, then pick it up again the next day on your iPhone. Simple, streamlined, fantastic.
Universal - You Bought the Cool Gadgets, Go Play on Them
Full support for iPad, iPhone, iPod, standard and Retina displays. Play when you want, where you want.
While it is quite common for apps to become “free for a day”, Starbase Orion is not one of those apps. The standard price for Starbase Orion is $7.99 USD; it will never run a “free for a day” campaign. Tens of thousands of players have placed their confidence in us by purchasing Starbase Orion, and this is our guarantee to you.
Guaranteed Free Updates
We have a lot more planned for Starbase Orion. We plan to release all updates for free, without any hidden fees or In-App Purchases.
What's New in Version 1.2.5
Happy three year anniversary, Starbase Orion!
If you like what you see please make sure to review Starbase Orion with each update!
I would like to thank all of the players who joined the testing group to help make Starbase Orion the best it can be. Cancuino, Bruin, VanderLegion, falanor4421, Davabled, Stevebob7, Skins0815, sfx 51, Jaydevil2012, ddebernardy, elph, bmike, ed, Ayjona, Kabukiman, General_Grr, Diebo, MiiiikeT, Sentar, Diebo, macaonnie, seebs, Sploinkage, Mezmorki, anthee, PlanetaryScientist, mushroomsafari (and all of you whom I missed!) thank you so much for your tireless efforts in helping improve the game!
In v1.2.4 we failed to properly fix some scrolling issues introduced in iOS 8, so we've fixed them quickly in v1.2.5.
Note: The changes in this update are too numerous to fit here! Please open the "Multiplayer" section of the app, and tap on the "Galactic News" section for a much more verbose description of the changes.
• Various Fixes and Improvements
For a full listing, please see the "Galactic News" in game.
• Changes to Auxiliary Thrusters
Thrusters now provide a 5% chance of evading laser, gauss, and ion pulse cannon fire. Thrusters stack the same way ECM does, with each thruster providing an individual 5% chance of evasion.
• Changes to Ion Pulse Cannons
IPC has received multiple changes focused on making it a more valuable late game choice.
- The range has been increase from 6 to 11 (for reference, gauss range is 5 and laser range is 13)
- Does bonus damage to target ship structure when it hits energy shields.
- Can only be equipped on Battleships, Titans, Mammoths, and Starbases.
• Fixes for scrolling in iOS 8
The Starbase Orion forums are buzzing with user comments and suggestions. Join the discussion today!
Chess in Space
If you like to strategize rather than twitch, if you like to think, plan, plot and scheme this is the game for you. Starbase Orion has many layers of game play to explore. The developer has been tweaking and perfecting this game for over three years. For the price you get a great game that has excellent replay value, and no annoying in game purchases. The multiplayer portion of the game is superb. With a dedicated server, connections are smooth and reliable. The community that has grown around SO is friendly and generous in sharing its knowledge. Drop into the Space Bar, introduce yourself, play some games. Be prepared to lose more than you win at first. However, once you begin to master the intricacies of the game, you may want to play in tournaments, play with one other person or play with up to seven other people in teams or free-for-all contests. You can even create a character and join a role play game. SO represents the best of developing, community and and game play in the App Store.
Best 4X Game continues to stand the test of time
And another update to improve the game (again!) So many options, so many ways to play. Quite simply, the best 4X game on iOS. The developer continually upgrades (25 upgrades in 2 years!) and tweaks the game to increase re-playability and add features. Combined with a first-class user forum and an in-game chat (with mature players who can actually use complete sentences), new users will feel welcome and able to learn from the existing players.
Single player, multi-player, and user run leagues and tournaments, truly the best investment I’ve made for ANY game.
Finally, the game plays great on either iPhone or iPad, and you can continue your existing games on either device automatically. A unique notification sound will always alert you when it’s your turn on multi-player. Asynchronous multiplayer with a variety of timers, including no timer, moves the games along at your pace.
Favorite game on IOS!!!
Starbase Orion is the best game on IOS in my opinion! It is a well crafted and enjoyable 4X conquer-the-universe, turn-based game. I run it on my iPhone 6 and an older iPad 2, and it plays flawlessly on both. The server-based turns allow me to play a turn on one device, and the next turn on the other with no hiccups.
I used to play Master of Orion with my friends during LAN parties years ago, but now we can connect up from anywhere with Starbase Orion! We often use the in-game chat to keep up with each other.
I just wish it were easier to find on the APP store, as it doesn't show up in most searches.
My thanks to the developers for creating this awesome game!
- Category: Games
- Updated: Oct 20, 2014
- Version: 1.2.5
- Size: 188 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Chimera Software, LLC
- © 2011 Chimera Software, LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.