Race for the Galaxy is a strategy boardgame where players advance their empire by playing cards to build technological developments or to settle planets. Its core mechanic is a phase choosing game. Players secretly and simultaneously determine which one of seven phases they will lock in, all reveal at once, then execute the phases in order. Will you build an engine to ramp up VP generation on cheapo production planets? Will you invest in exploration and settle rare and valuable VP rich planets? Or will you rush a military conquest to cut off your opponents before they have a chance to develop their strategy?

Game Features

▪ 2 – 4 player with network multiplayer
▪ Single player mode with advanced neural network AI
▪ Five starting worlds and ninety settlement and development cards
▪ Free promo pack included: New Worlds with six additional starting planets
▪ Gathering Storm and Rebel Vs. Imperium expansions available immediately

What's New

Version 1.07

Brink of War expansion
Ability to recompute stats
Other fixes and improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5

63 Ratings

63 Ratings

Excellent, but still some issues


I've really been enjoying the single-player against the AI and have spent more than enough hours playing to be happy with the purchase (273 games so far). My biggest complaint is that it keeps me up late playing.

One oddity is that playing a card you pay for with cards or activated abilities you can undo; if it's free (e.g. Military planet) you can't undo. It crashes infrequently, and usually restarts with no problem when it does (though you may get different cards), but twice now it's actually corrupted my profile such that any attempt to start or resume a game crashes the app; all I can do in those profiles is view stats. It is easy enough to make a new profile, but frustrating if you like to looking at your stats.

Even with those issues it's well worth it. I have the base game and 2/3 expansions.

No multiplayer on linked iTunes accounts!


The app looks beautiful, but so far my husband and I can't use multiplayer together! I bought it specifically for the "network multiplayer" (we love that Carcassonne lets us play together without internet, and I hoped this would be the same). However, every time we download RftG and try to "friend" each other, within a few minutes it recognizes us as the same player. Our "friend" codes match up, and he disappears from my "friend" list. We have separate Apple IDs and Gamecenter IDs, and we've never had this issue before!

I emailed Temple Gates Games and will update my review when I hear back. It seems like so far they have been very responsive to user feedback, so I hope to see it fixed in an update soon. I think the app is probably overall very strong, but I wanted to warn others who are buying primarily to play with family members!

Developer Response

Playing between family members should be very possible. We've had reports of trying to play multiplayer with two 'device-linked' profiles - the game acts as if these are the same account so that's not possible. But you can simply make a new profile (don't link it) and then be able to make multiplayer games.

We try to respond to every email, but maybe we missed yours somehow, if you wouldn't mind trying again if you need any more assistance.

Sorry for the confusion and thanks for the note!

Great game that actually has decent AI


(Edited from original review) I love this game, and the app is very well done. It’s one of the few board game apps I’ve come across that actually has competent AI players (at least at high difficulty). I was having crash issues for a while after installing the Brink of War expansion, but after a phone restart and iOS update, they’ve disappeared, so the problem was likely on my phone’s end. To the developer’s credit, they did reach out to see if they could help fix the issue, but since it went away on its own there wasn’t anything that needed to be done.

Developer Response

So sorry about this. If you wouldn't mind emailing I'd love to follow up with your case with some questions so we can dig into this and hopefully solve your issue. Thanks for the report!


Temple Gates Games LLC
88.6 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
© 2016 Temple Gates Games LLC
In-App Purchases
  1. The Gathering Storm $3.99
  2. Rebel vs Imperium $3.99
  3. The Brink of War $3.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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