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  • Summary: Space the final frontier... not anymore. In Space Colony you will explore and colonize new worlds with the same sense of familiarity of popping in your local coffee shop for a skinny decaf latte. Space Colony is best described as a People Sim meets a City Builder. The player manages and nurtures a group of dysfunctional space dwellers colonizing the most unearthly corners of the galaxy. Make no mistake, none of the 20 colonists you'll meet were ever on a NASA shortlist. Ahhh, welcome to life beyond the stars. It's everything the brochure said. So what if half the staff are brawling, the Harvester Robot is chain sawing its way through the oxygen supply and small furry aliens have taken over the disco? This is home! Space Colony comes from Firefly Studios, the creative force behind the million selling Stronghold series. Creating the pressure cooker environment with emotions flying around, where else could you find a Norwegian biker who can't live without disco, a gym instructor operating a nuclear reactor and a geriatric in charge of base defence? [Gathering of Developers] Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. A tight package that offers plenty in the way of sim-building entertainment. If you've ever played a simulation game and wondered what it would be like if you actually had to control a group of separate personalities instead of robots, this is your game.
  2. Although the campaign is more of a how-to, there are plenty of planets available with varying difficulties, promising hours of adventures whether you’re a fighter or a builder.
  3. 85
    While it would have been nice to have a better way to organize workers' shift schedules, customizable characters, a richer combat system, and a multiplayer module, there's more than enough interesting things to do to keep you busy.
  4. 80
    Really a nice game that continues to surprise and delight the more you play.
  5. 75
    Interface annoyances, lackluster graphics, and characters that should have been fun to interact with mix in to create a game that was almost great, but will remain average in my mind instead.
  6. The main problem I found was that this type of game needs to tread a fine line between player control and AI, and I don't feel that Space Colony does it all that well. [Dec 2003, p.181]
  7. A clever combination of real-time strategy and The Sims isn't clever enough to hold your interest for long.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. AdamT.
    Aug 29, 2007
    I Frequently play this, and would recommend buying the full game to anyone! It's not like sims, It's more intelligent and requires stratigy. I'm campaigning for an SDK to be released, a patch and even submitting Space Colony 2 Ideas to the Developers! The Demo does not compare to the full game! The Full game is so much better! Expand
  2. KeithJ.
    Apr 15, 2004
    Only a few minor bugs and lack of a multiplayer option prevent it from being a "10".
  3. PeterU.
    May 12, 2006
    With The Sims you have to do every day the same thing. Wash, eet, work, play, eet, sleep. Space colony is very diffrent, peeps are smarter and there is more action going on. It's to mutch to explain so just play the demo. if you play the demo you'll know exacly what the game is like. Collapse
  4. JasonW.
    Oct 4, 2003
    If you like The Sims you will feel right at home with this game. Its perhaps a little hard on some missions trying to keep a hold on all of your peeps, but its a challenge and a fun one to boot. I like the comments and phrases the characters come out with depending on the situation. Its an interesting game and if you like this type of genre you should at least check out the demo and give it a try, you may be pleasently supprised. ;) Expand
  5. Apr 21, 2014
    This is one of my favorite games to date. It has a neat mix of sims style game play with space building and exploration. the aliens you face are a nuisance and a blast to contend with. I think this is really a hidden gem and did not get the fans nor attention it deserved. Expand
  6. RussellF.
    Nov 15, 2003
    There was a previous comment that identified space colony to Utopia, an old Atari ST game, and that is exactly what it is Utopia 2003 and a damn good game (demo) as well. When I first started playing the demo I though it mediocre but after a while it sort of snags you and you find yourself going back to it. I am definitely getting a full copy. It has that "I'll just go a bit longer" factor. Expand
  7. KayleighM.
    Oct 27, 2003
    Once you build things there is nothing to do after that but just keep the game going by working on the electricity and oxygen so overall an averege game. Expand

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