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Starbase Orion

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"This one is geek heaven" -
"Master of Orion in Your Pocket” -
"This one is geek heaven" -
"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.

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 1.2.2

Happy two year anniversary, Starbase Orion!

I would like to thank all of the players who joined the testing group to help make Starbase Orion the best it can be. Bruin, VanderLegion, falanor4421, ddebernardy, elph, bmike, ed, thebardofblasphemy, Ayjona, Xlom, Kabukiman, waynebo, Dalmuti, Jusvah, GALATICA_Actual, General_Grr, Stormbringer, Treksdot, Diebo, LeadTheWay, Death Dealer, MarcusVictor, photovirus, MiiiikeT, Sentar, Diebo, macaonnie, Skipper, seebs, MarcusVictor, BSG, Sploinkage, Mezmorki, CullenKzo, anthee, PlanetaryScientist, Dingo783, sentar, K.e.L., Endbr1nger, mushroomsafari (and all of you whom I missed!) thank you so much for your tireless efforts in helping improve the game!


• Fleet Routes
You can now specify routes for your fleets to automatically follow. A route is set to redirect all fleets from one system to exactly one other system. Fleet routes is a long requested feature I am happy to announce has made it into the game!

• Interstellar Distance Measurement
Sometimes it can be handy to know exactly how many parsecs are between two star systems, and exactly how long it might take one of your fleets to travel between them. Now you can press the "ruler" button to measure these values between two arbitrary stars.

• Improvements to Multiplayer Matchmaking
In the new "My Profile" section you can now specify whether you are a casual or active player and the general timezone during which you enjoy playing. The matchmaker will then match against players with similar timezone and amount of time to play against. You can also now turn off automatic invites.

• New Racial: Natural Tinkers
The past several patches have helped non-production racial builds become viable for winning strategies. As a result, research trait usage is on the rise. This new racial brings a production focused option for players to use. Every worker in your empire will generate a bonus +1 research toward your Empire's research production (this bonus is capped at +100 per turn).

• Balance: Leaders
First Cerebrum, Overlord Terminifera, Xin-krek, Tyrrhenius have all been tweaked. Please see the "Galactic News" section for complete details.

• Balance: Brilliant Researchers
Brilliant Researchers has returned to being a random chance to receive a new tech. However, this random chance is now displayed to the player on the research screen and it increases each time Brilliant Researchers fails to provide you with a new tech. This method retains the gambler's aspect of the original trait, but provides the player with enough information to make strategic choices around when the trait will succeed.

• Less Returns For Scrapping
Scrapping ships to production will now only produce 80% of their original production value (down from 100%). In addition, scrapping to credits will now only produce 30% of the original cost in credits (down from 50%). This is the first of several iterations around scrapping; stay tuned in future updates for further tweaks.

• Much, much more
Additional changes to Orbital Labs, number of building lots per planet, Advanced Colony Ships, and more! For the full change log please visit the whipping post on the forums or the "Galactic News" section in game.


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


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Customer Reviews

Loved it

Bought it play over xmas holidays while away, and spent countless hours on it. :)
The only problem I had was that the tutorial crashes a lot. When I moved on to the actual game, I played for hours without problems. The cloud based AI is also a nice addition. Makes the AI so much faster. Personally I don't mind paying more for a game that has value, instead the usual crap you pay 99p, spend a few minutes and move on.
Kudos to Chimera SW for having the courage to develop such a nice game for a niche market.

Best strategy game ever!

Move over Civilization... This is the new daddy!
Well written and amazingly deep in combat and growth strategy. Multiplayer online is also excellent! It is well worth purchasing. Also none of those annoying in app purchasable items.

starbase orion

A boring, one dimensional, over priced game. I feel a total mug for coughing up my cash for this, on the off chance that it was Masters of Orion 3 on the iPhone. it isn't. it is dreadful

Starbase Orion
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • £5.49
  • Category: Games
  • Updated: 04 November 2013
  • Version: 1.2.2
  • Size: 187 MB
  • Language: English
  • Developer: Chimera Software, LLC
Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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