- 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
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
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't know if its just my copy, but ive had 4 and all copys of this game seem to pick up as a virus. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kawster
It's a terrible pity that this game did not do as well as it deserved. Having launched just after Black & White, it's thunder was stolen despite rave reviews from PC Gamer... Read morePublished on 22 April 2002
After Theme hospital and Sims, I thought that the "Theme Sims" had grown up and gone 3D and more intimate. Not quite. Angling the camera made me dizzy. Read morePublished on 27 Oct. 2001
Well.. what can i say this games just..well..AMAZING,the gameplay the characters the missions every thing about the game is a work of art.With wars you can claim more land.. Read morePublished on 2 Sept. 2001
I have spent hours and hours and hours on the sims, sim city and theme Hospital to name but a few. I had to admit I wanted somthing to do with Space for a change and when I saw... Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2001
This game is one of the most entertaining and immersive I have ever played! Please, don't just take my word for it, get it and see for yourselves, it's definately worth thirty bob! Read morePublished on 4 July 2001 by Keith Corrigan
Ive bought this game and have been playing it and all i can say is that its absoulutly amazing. The graphics are brilliant, the creatures react in ways you cant imagine and best of... Read morePublished on 18 Jun. 2001 by Tom Wood