Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Humour - GOOD humour - is hard to get across in entertainment software, but Startopia succeeds in not only being a fun game, but a funny game.
  2. Seems almost like a combination of many of the best management sims to date.
  3. 90
    The game is just plain beautiful. It manages to combine a really great cartoony feel with the characters and building design while keeping a very futuristic feel with some really terrific textures that look both high-tech and colorfully playful at the same time.
  4. A game of amazing polish and humor, which translates into pure fun.
  5. An amusing, engrossing and addictive play. The missions represent around 20-30 hours of entertaining gaming.
  6. Finding the perfect balance isn’t easy, but those who do will discover a subtle style of gameplay that demands more than other programs of the genre. While not for the uninitiated, the title is well worth the time and energy invested in learning.
  7. The game is so much fun and has such a great sense of humor that those quibbles melt away like goo off a reactor core. Bottom line: You'll love Startopia.
  8. If you like to play in a digital sandbox and have an affinity for humor-leaning sci-fi, Startopia is not to be missed.
  9. There is a bevy of great characters that course throughout the game, making it ever intriguing and solid fun.
  10. 85
    With its diversity, engaging style, and sly sense of humor, Startopia has plenty to offer.
  11. It's a testament to Startopia's fundamentally sound design and attractive presentation that you'll enjoy it despite the fact that, at times, it'll make you feel slightly alienated.
  12. This game has got it all - sophisticated strategy, awesome gameplay and well-placed humor.
  13. Very playable and is sure to get your attention. However, the relatively small number of mission, and the occasionally dull atmosphere may cause that attention to become short-lived…
  14. A stellar strategy/simulation game with incredible depth and detail — but it may turn off some players with its steep learning curve.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. May 31, 2011
    Amazing Sim/RTS. So much fun and personality. Two minor problems for me: steep learning curve (the manual is useless) and, like many of these earlier types of games, no pause. Grrr... The world is so beautiful, sometimes I just want to sit back for a minute and admire it without pressure. 10 years later and this game makes most other games of it's type look like amateur hour. Fairly deep strategy and wonderful personality. I actually had more success learning and enjoying the game by starting in on a sandbox game rather than the 'tutorial' missions -- just set everything on easy and it's a great way to learn. ("easy' settings were in patch 1.1 I believe). Full Review »
  2. GrantC.
    Aug 15, 2001
    It looks like someone put a lot of effort in to this game. It also looks like they really had a thing for space.
  3. Nov 7, 2013
    I find it really sad that today only few people remember this game, a lot of developers could learn from this great work, it's level of complexity is, at least for me, not comparable Full Review »