By Blazing Griffin Ltd
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Distant Star is an old-school 4x (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate) space game, similar to Master of Orion or Sword of the Stars. Build up your fleet and conquer the galaxy -- will your empire be an economic powerhouse, a technological wonder, or a military superpower? Or all three?
What's New in Version 1.7.2
A small balance update, including:
+ Expanded tech trees for the Industry, Ecology, and Economics branches
+ Limited colonisation -- at the start of a game you can now only colonise Idyllic and Habitable worlds. Research in the Ecology track to expand onto more hostile planets!
+ Rebalanced research costs -- most research now takes slightly longer, making for more interesting choices in how you develop your empire.
+ Building banks is now a viable way to generate wealth, especially when coupled with research in the Economics branch.
Needs what is promised on the website
I downloaded this game a long time ago expecting more races to come with subsequent updates, however with no update in a long time I am starting to think the developer has forgot to give what was promised. I have the game for the iPhone so I can't speak for the iPad but because of the misleading website I have to give this game only 2 stars. If Blazing Griffin updates this game to include what was promised I could also update to a 5 star review. The game is a fun strategy game sometimes a bit easy but if you make bad decisions in the beginning it can really mess you up. Please update with what you promised on your website, this game could really be at the top of the strategy games in the App Store if it included more variable gameplay.
I love this game. It's pretty neat, I can safely say, but it is short. There isn't much you can do once you've taken over most of the galaxy and have a few thousand Cruisers at your disposal. After you research everything, send out your Cruisers, colonized most of the galaxy, it becomes smooth sailing. The only thing drawing out the gameplay is trying to kill off everyone. More things to research and more ships would likely lengthen gameplay. Maybe finally adding races would add some variety. However, this game does make for a great time killer and is pretty fun.
Pros and Cons
+ easy control system
+ good variance in units/tech
+ the best AI I've seen in any small game - the AI can be beaten by a competent player, but it is still dangerous enough to crush you.
- the AI is good, but can be expected to fall behind in terms of development of planets and fleets.
- there seems to be a "hump" at which point a player gets money faster than it can be spent, and the game might as well be won.
- probes, which claim to have 0 attack, can kill colony ships.
--- there is only one species.
Overall, I don't regret the money spent on this game - quite the opposite. This game is my go-to for when I'm bored, and it's really comprehensive of all the basic strategy aspects (except diplomacy and trade, which are being worked on). The only thing I'm unhappy with is the lack of new species. There's only humans, and it gets boring to be the same guys endlessly. Maybe at least one other species could be introduced?
- Category: Games
- Updated: Jun 07, 2012
- Version: 1.7.2
- Size: 14.8 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Blazing Griffin Ltd
- © Copyright 2012 Blazing Griffin
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.