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7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8

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  1. Dec 10, 2020
    10
    It's extremely complex, tough to the point of brutal. But, it's a GREAT GAME! Advice: 1) Read the manual (yes, all 350 pages; yes, even in this day and age). 2) Watch some YT videos - done by 'pros'... esp DasTactic's series. 3) Expect to sink Hours into it... just to kind of learn what's going on. :D
    This NOT an entry-level game for 4X, Sci-Fi, and/or wargames. It's not going to hold
    It's extremely complex, tough to the point of brutal. But, it's a GREAT GAME! Advice: 1) Read the manual (yes, all 350 pages; yes, even in this day and age). 2) Watch some YT videos - done by 'pros'... esp DasTactic's series. 3) Expect to sink Hours into it... just to kind of learn what's going on. :D
    This NOT an entry-level game for 4X, Sci-Fi, and/or wargames. It's not going to hold your hand and tell you every, leetle thing. You learn by (the aforementioned) time (again), trial and error. Once you finally start to get the smallest grasp of things, it's both a Blast and always full of surprises. As a grog: even for me, this is Hard-Core. :) Even if you don't own this on Steam, read the Steam Guides... they'll help.
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  2. Apr 3, 2021
    10
    The ingredients Wargame, Alpha-Centauri-4X and Crusader Kings mix up to a real unique but graphically also unsavory meal.
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78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 4 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jul 28, 2020
    78
    Terrible interface, micromanagement hell, but also one of the deepest strategy games on the market.
  2. Jul 8, 2020
    75
    Ambitious in the extreme, Shadow Empire is a unique sci-fi wargame that's a little lost in its own details.
  3. Jul 5, 2020
    60
    In this situation, my diplomatic standing with a neighboring regime, the loyalty of some of my leaders, my regime’s profile, the units I can use in my army, the stratagem cards I’ll be able to draw, and global bonuses for diplomacy, food income, and combat are all connected. I hope it’s not a spoiler to tell you that a war with Tiefmark — an avoidable war — broke out a few turns later.