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Startopia (PC)

Platform : Windows 95, Windows 98
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4.4 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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  • Nine primary character races, each with a unique look and function
  • Fully functioning alien society, with racial animosity and friendships
  • Unique "Torus" play area gives a viewpoint never before seen in a game
  • Bio-deck with editable landscape and manageable ecosystem
  • 16 habitable subsections spanning three decks in each space station
  • Multiplayer support for up to three other stationmasters
  • Trade and auction goods and services with other players and alien races
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98
  • BBFC Rating: Parental Guidance
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B00005A3HE
  • Release Date: 15 Jun. 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,761 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

Startopia is ideal for anyone fed up with PC real-time strategy games. For instead of burying a hefty dose of brainwork deep within a complex plot and ultra-serious surroundings, Startopia goes for humour and accessibility. And it works a treat.

The game is set in the aftermath of a devastating galaxy-wide war, leaving behind a barren network of space stations. You're charged with putting said space stations to good use, as you build communities, trade, attract visitors and hopefully turn them into station residents. Initially, this is easier than you think, as in true Theme Park style you build up your station (by adding new sectors) and try and pull people in. You can end up building the likes of a resort or an intergalactic trading post (depending on the objective in hand), with targets to hit before a mission is complete. Throw in some competition to crush and you've quite a challenge.

On the downside, the camera controls for navigating the exquisitely detailed levels (the graphics are superb throughout) do take some getting used to, and those missions aren't going to take you too long to complete (partly because Startopia is so addictive), but these are minor niggles. The key factor is that this is one of the funniest, most accessible and most downright playable strategy games in ages, and it really is worth having. --Simon Brew

Manufacturer's Description

Startopia gives you the opportunity to rebuild and successfully maintain a series of giant Torus (donuts) space stations that are scattered across the galaxy, providing a suitable home for the many alien races that inhabit space, and perhaps turning a tidy profit for yourself in the process.

Of course, there are plenty of other enterprising individuals out there with the same goals, not to mention the many hazards that exist in deep space. Often stations are being developed by a number of different life forms and organizations, and it will only be a matter of time before you need to confront your opponents. Will you use economic or military means to force out your opponents? You decide.


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Startopia can be best described as taking the best elements of SimCity and The Sims, mixing them up with a great sense of Douglas Adams-esque humour and presenting the result in a superb, beautiful 3D engine.
The controls take a bit of getting used to, but after working through the informative tutorials you soon be sweeping through your 3 level, donut shaped space station in minutes.
You are the station commander. It's your job to build the infrastructure to run the space station, build entertainment (including "love shacks"...brothels rated PG and discos) and design your very own world in the BioDome. The BioDome is a beautiful place where you can grow crops to trade, or simply watch your alien inhabitants wonder aimlessly, gazing at the scenery.
I think it's this that really makes this game special; you can do what you like. You can decide to create a space station aimed for those more unsavoury aliens with seedy bars where the scum of the universe hang out. Alternatively you could create a station catering for the elite with plush hotels and casinos. It's really up to you.
Whilst you can happily play the 10 missions included with the game, you can also use the "sandbox" mode, which just lets you make a space station to your own liking with no goals...like in SimCity.
The graphics and sound are spot on, with loving detail paid to the 9 alien races you'll encounter. Each building makes it's own sounds: the Lavitrons make rather unsavoury toilet noises, whilst the slumber pods play gentle relaxing music. It's quite something to hear each of these sounds layered on top of each other when you view a busy scene of your space station. The music is also superb with catchy hip-hoppy music that fits perfectly with the feel of the game.
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Having read the reviews here and in the mags I finally decided to buy it. I spent about two hours playing before my wife came home and asked what it was. That was the last time I saw the game!
From my brief experience (and watching over the missus' shoulder) I can say that it's one of the best games I've ever played. After playing the somewhat disappointing Black and White, Startopia is SOOOO refreshing. The characters, animations and sound effects are superb (check out the alien toilet!) and the game really teaches you how to use all the technology easily.
Don't hesitate. GO BUY THIS GAME NOW!!!
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At last a game that I can enjoy at my own pace. The graphics are wonderful and sometimes its fun just watching the space station you've built from scratch, happening - all by it's self, even the space vermin are cool. Love watching the aliens boogie on down in the disco. Most of the aliens are pretty cool and fun to get to know. If you get bored with one deck you can allways switch to one of the two others. Definately glad I bought this one.
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By A Customer on 18 Jun. 2001
Startopia is exactly what you would expect from ex-bullfrog employes. Its a mix of Theme park and Theme hospital in space, and as the Theme games is as adictive as hell. The different alians all have there own backrounds and needs making the game really come to life. There is also a handy virtual guide who will remind many of "The Hitch Hikers guide to the galaxy". The only 2 let downs are that the fighting system (which is against others on the station who wont sell you there part of the station) and he other is theres not enough levels...... A must buy for managerial/stratergy fans!
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From the humourous animation at the beginning, to the first few minutes of play, you know this is a class product, extremely well put together. If you've played Dungeon Keeper (1 or 2) you'll pretty much know the drill. You build basic amenities, such as a berth, toilet and eating facility, and open your doors to the universe. Graphically this is a beautiful game, and you can view from any angle you wish using the intuitive mouse controls, or, if you're old skool, the keyboard. Sound is also top notch, and the whole cartoony style is pulled of extremely well. The Tutorials ease you into the gameplay, along with the help of your computer, named (rather ominously) VAL. He will take the smeg out of you at any given opportunity. Missions themselves start of easy enough, get some aliens into your station, build a hospital, hire a "Grey" as a Dr. and cure the noble alien before he snuffs it. Trade is also easy. There is also a "Sandbox" mode for straight building. As well as facilities, you also have the BioDeck and Engineering decks. Engineering is where all your workforce will get on with their daily workload. The middle deck is your living/recreational area and the BioDeck has to be seen to be believed. You control every aspect of the terrain and weather. My only real gripe is that, like Dungeon Keeper, you have to build all your "must have" facilities from scratch every mission, but other than that a must have for lovers of Dungeon Keeper...although maybe not quite as good.
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When I first started playing the tuturiol it didn't look promising, but once you get into playing it is quite playable and addictive. Each level has a completly differant kind of mission objective which keeps it interesting. Would reccomend to anyone who like Dungeon Keeper or Settlers type of games.
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