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Starbase Orion

By Chimera Software, LLC

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"The best 4X game currently available for mobile" -
"This one is geek heaven" -
"Master of Orion in Your Pocket” -
"Starbase Orion has an epic-feeling" -
"Starbase Orion is here, and it's glorious." -

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.

iCloud Support

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.

Guaranteed Pricing

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 1.2.7

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!


Note: v1.2.7 is a hotfix for a turn processing crash bug introduced in 1.2.6. Sorry about that!


Have you heard, we’re working on Starbase Orion 2! Please open the "Multiplayer" section of the app, and tap on the "Galactic News" section for more news on the upcoming SO2 and a much more verbose description of the changes in v1.2.6 of Starbase Orion.

• Various Changes to Racial Abilities
Changes to Shared Intelligence, Persnickety, Tinkers, and more. For a full listing, please see the "Galactic News" in game.

• Various Changes to Weapon and Ship Systems
Big changes to Nuclear missiles and proton torpedoes, little changes to others.

• Changes to Spying
Grab your cloaks and your daggers, spying gets a lot more bloody.

• New "Orion League" Game Preset
Select this game preset to create a game using randomly selected game options in accordance with the Starbase Orion Player's League!

• New "Keep Max Range" combat order, leader changes, updated stock racials, and more.
For a full listing, please see the "Galactic News" in game.


The Starbase Orion forums are buzzing with user comments and suggestions. Join the discussion today!


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Customer Reviews

good, still needs work

I'm not going to be as over the top as some reviewers- I'm going to try to be as objective as possible to help interested buyers. Its main strength is simply this: if you miss Master of Orion, this is the iOS game for you. It's a pretty above-average recreation of the game, and once you get into it a little, you'll probably not regret the app purchase. Still a few bugs to work out or weaknesses: it's not an absolute re-creation, so be prepared to accept a few new ways of doing things (and the occasionally silly names for things). Planetary expansion bug- if you choose it and there's no planet to expand in the system, you'll get an annoying "opportunity" message for the rest of the game but will never be able to expand. Also- if you negotiate nonaggression pacts with neighbors and then start to build really big empires with lots of ships, money, etc., at some point the game just locks up and cant go forward. Thats the most annoying bug to date.

One other thing- there are many games in which the AI is so aggressive you can't enjoy empire-building because you're pretty much at war from Turn 2. This makes some games boringly one-dimensional, and those are the ones I just quit. How about adjustable AI so that you can still have your scraps, but at least enjoy other parts of planet development first?

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 (27+ 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. Successful strategies include: industrial overpowering, research supremacy, cloak and dagger, growth/expansion dominance, or any hybrid you choose to outwit, then overpower your opponent(s).

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.

Strategy at its finest. This is an epic game. Full stop.

Great turn based strategy game. The nuisances of custom race selection and building order create a challenging, dynamic game board that calls for you to keep trying new combinations... Do you research new technology and attempt to use scientific advances to your benefit or do you crank up the industry in an attempt to simply overwhelm your opponents with your ship numbers? Combat is a game within the game once you start considering the various weapons systems and attack patterns. How quickly do you expand to nearby star systems? So many different styles of gameplay.

Online multiplayer gameplay is great and the forum community really helpful.

I love this game... Takes me back to Classic PC strategy and I'll be playing this one for years to come!

Starbase Orion
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $7.99
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.2.7
  • Size: 202 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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