Star Coloniesby Aethyna Apr 19, 2016 | 1 Votes | 1 Played | 0 Reviews 9 rate If you’ve enjoyed Risk or any similar strategy games like it, you’ll definitely love Star Colonies. Manage your resources, build new infrastructure, research new technologies and build a huge fleet of fighters to conquer all the solar systems in the galaxy. Will you be able to reign supreme in the galaxy? Play now and find out! Play Now Similar Games Played
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If you’ve enjoyed Risk or any similar strategy games like it, you’ll definitely love Star Colonies. In this sci-fi-themed game, you play as a pioneer of one of 3 races, the humans, the Octans and the Robots, setting up your very first command center in one of the many solar systems in the galaxy. However, you are not alone. Manage your resources, build new infrastructure, research new technologies and build a huge fleet of fighters to conquer all the solar systems in the galaxy. Will you be able to reign supreme in the galaxy or will you be defeated by your enemies? Well, play Star Colonies now and find out!
To set things right and clear right off the bat, you should know that Star Colonies is a non-MMO strategy game. This unfortunately means that you wouldn’t be able to fight other players in the game. However, it is still possible that future patches will add in a multiplayer option and that is something we’ll just have wait and see.
That said, there are 2 game modes that you can enjoy in Star Colonies – Campaigns and Random Map. Among the many campaigns, there’s a 6-part tutorial campaign (or “training maps” as the game calls them) that will be able to let you learn the basics of the game. However, if you’re playing the demo version of the game, you might find it a tad bit disappointing as the rest of the campaigns, including Robot Uprising, New Home, Ancient Songs and Battle Times, are locked. You will need to pay for the full version in order to play any of the campaigns. This is pretty unfortunate for the free-to-play gamer, but well, Star Colonies provide you with a Random Map mode to compensate for the lack of campaigns.
In Random Map mode, you are able to customize your own matches with the AI. You can pick various galaxy sizes, ranging from small, normal to large. Different sizes of the galaxy will in turn determine how many systems and planets you can then conquer or fight over with your opponents.
There are also 3 different races that you can choose from, namely the versatile Humans, the octopus-like Octans and the industrious Robots. Each race has its own racial bonuses. For instance, Humans can gain housing bonuses on green planets and has a rather rich research tree, while Octans has strong defense and has electricity bonuses on purple planets. Interestingly, you can also choose a race for the opponents you are facing in the game. You can set up to 4 different AI opponents and naturally, the more opponents you have to fight with, the merrier the game will be!
For Random Maps, you’ll notice that there’s a score multiplier at the very bottom of the screen. This multiplier will increase depending on how challenging your custom game is. To see how difficult your custom game is, you can refer to the brightly colored meter at the very bottom as well. Getting a high multiplier is rather important as it will determine how many experience points you earn per match. With more XP earned, you will level up much faster.
Since you’ll get 1 level point per level earned, this also means that you will get level points quicker. Level points are vital for you to grab some of the many bonuses that Star Colonies have to offer and to get some bonus advantages at the start of every new game. These bonuses include getting extra starting ships, more starting crystals or more starting pitium.
In terms of its gameplay, Star Colonies is a simple enough game that even kids can enjoy, but yet it has a pretty unique game mechanic. Once you’re in a game, you’ll notice that there’s a pause, play and fast-forward buttons at the very bottom of the screen. These are the buttons that you’ll be using to plan, perform and speed up any actions in the game. Actions here may refer to building new structures, attacking other systems, deploying fighters and carrying out research. Just select what you want to do, then press play or fast-forward to let your actions play out.
Being a strategy-based game, you’ll need to manage your resources properly in Star Colonies, particularly crystals and pitium. Resources can be mined on certain planets and asteroids but in order to start resource production, you’ll first need to build a Mine. Of course, mines will require energy and this is where the Power Plants will come in. With sufficient resources, you’ll then be able to continue to develop your planets by adding new facilities and build up a new batch of fighters.
To recruit more fighters to your fleet, you’ll first need a Factory where these fighters will be manufactured in as well as Housing to increase the maximum limit of fighters you can have at any time in the game. Once the structures are constructed, you’ll then be able to select how many fighters you want to build and place the order.
You can also build a Laboratory on any one of your planets to gain access to your race’s tech tree. Each tech tree should generally contain upgrades for your fighters (new and better armor and weapons, as well as to allow them to travel longer distances), upgrades to boost the efficiency of your buildings and more. Each new tech you can research will consume a sum of research points. These points can be earned at a rate of 10 points per day.
Although you are free to choose which ever building you like to construct on a planet, you should bear in mind that each planet or asteroid belt will have a limited number of positions for building. The number of positions that are available for a planet can be easily seen via the image of the planet in the build menu. That said, whenever you’ve captured a new system, you’ll need to build a command center first or you won’t be able to access the build menu.
In terms of combat, Star Colonies uses very simple controls. All you need to do is to do a long tap on any one of your planets where you have fighters at the ready, and swiping your fleet towards any system they can travel to. An interface will then pop up allowing you to select how many ships to send. Using the same controls, you can deploy your ships to colonize new solar systems, move fighters from one system to another, or to launch an offensive towards an enemy.
Due to the ease in its play and its time-stopping game mechanics, Star Colonies is definitely a casual-like strategy game that you might want to try. You won’t regret trying it, that’s for sure!
Due to the game’s non-MMO nature, it can be rather hard to discern how huge the community in Star Colonies is. That said, if you enjoy playing the game, you may want to recommend the game to your friends.
The graphics in Star Colonies are pretty good especially if you take into account that this is a bit text-based. The planets and the space environment look amazing. The interface seems clean-cut and not at all messy. The buttons are huge in this game as well (played on a tablet), which is actually a good thing since it makes it rather impossible to accidentally tap on the wrong button. The techno-like music in the game is pretty good and is able to set the atmosphere of the game.
All in all, Star Colonies is an amazing and rather unique strategy game that has a “time-stopping” aspect, allowing you plan out all your actions before pressing the Play button. The game is very easy to pick up and is very entertaining despite not having an MMO element. The AI can put up quite a fight in custom matches with harder difficulty levels as well. If you’ve enjoyed the game demo, do feel free to show some support to the developers and purchase the full version.