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Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 127 Ratings

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  • Summary: Assemble and helm a fleet of starships and travel between planets as you explore, build, negotiate, and fight to preserve your vision for humanity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 58
  2. Negative: 7 out of 58
  1. Jan 21, 2016
    80
    Starships condenses Sid Meier's knack for turn-based strategy into a short, two-to-five hour burst of board game-esque tactics that's as satisfying as it is approachable.
  2. Mar 11, 2015
    80
    Sid Meier's Starships is a good and replayable turn based strategy experience that will certainly appeal to lovers of classic science fiction franchises and to those who appreciate the way the leader of Firaxis managed to make player choices relevant.
  3. Mar 16, 2015
    72
    The first hours playing Starships is great fun, because it’s easy to get into and not that hard to learn the basics. After a couple of matches, though, it becomes obvious that the game is lacking complexity and depth, where it would be really needed: in tactical combat diplomacy and planet management. But even if Starships lacks long-term motivation, it’s a game you’ll be coming back to over and over again.
  4. Mar 15, 2015
    66
    Nothing more and nothing less than a porting from the iOS version. Buy it only if you have an immoderate love for Sid Meier.
  5. Mar 13, 2015
    65
    Sid Meier’s Starships’ battles held my attention for a handful of games, after which point the tactical AI’s behavior became exploitable and the strategic layer became too muddled and unpredictable.
  6. Mar 16, 2015
    55
    There are lots of things Starships does poorly, but at least as far as I’m concerned the lack of meaningful tech tree and shallow starship construction really don’t suffice in a game that, after all, has Starships in the title.
  7. Jul 16, 2015
    25
    This awful strategy game is not worthy of even a single playthrough neither on PC, nor on tablets.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 29
  2. Negative: 13 out of 29
  1. Mar 12, 2015
    9
    The game is actually fun. It's not deep and doesn't pretend to be. I have only been playing it for a few hours, But I can see that I willThe game is actually fun. It's not deep and doesn't pretend to be. I have only been playing it for a few hours, But I can see that I will continue to play it in the future. It is sort of a modernized version of MoO II and players like me who still play MoO II should enjoy it. Expand
  2. Mar 13, 2015
    9
    It's fun intuitive gameplay, but simple. It's worth the 15$ and will be even more worth it when firaxis ties it in with beyond earth creatingIt's fun intuitive gameplay, but simple. It's worth the 15$ and will be even more worth it when firaxis ties it in with beyond earth creating another layer of game mechanics to and that unique feel that we've been looking for from Sid. I would totally get it. Its repetition doesn't really deduct from the gameplay and its oddly satisfying. Expand
  3. Mar 13, 2015
    8
    I'm really enjoying this. There are tweaks to make, but it's engaging, very well crafted, and has a solid degree of customization. It's not anI'm really enjoying this. There are tweaks to make, but it's engaging, very well crafted, and has a solid degree of customization. It's not an epic, Civ-style experience, but I imagine I'll play it as a way to get my strategy fix when I'm crunched for time.

    Three things I would change (or at least want to hear why they didn't take this approach):
    * Add multiplayer. That's so strange to be missing from a game today.
    * Let you actively lose ships -- other than spending energy to repair damage, the consequences of losing are just really marginal.
    * Have multiple fleets, instead of just one flying around. This would go a long way toward adding the strategic depth that I think is missing -- maybe cap it at 3 so the map doesn't turn into a mess that you have to micromanage (think old Total War games where by the end, you'd have dozens of one-unit armies trying to get to the front).

    If you saw Sid Meier's name and thought you were getting a Civ-scale experience for $15, I don't think that warrants some of the negative reviews that are here. They were really up front about what this was going to be, and the price point still feels very reasonable to me for how much I see myself playing it.
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  4. Mar 13, 2015
    5
    Even though it bears the name of Sid Meier this is a mobile game released for PC, not the other way around. Overly simplistic, repetitive withEven though it bears the name of Sid Meier this is a mobile game released for PC, not the other way around. Overly simplistic, repetitive with interface that isn't suited for big screen, it's not that "one more turn" game most of Sid's fans were expecting. Expand
  5. Mar 15, 2015
    4
    Not bad, but if you're going to ask 15€ for a game you should at least make a free try-out version and not just rely on the SM brand name.Not bad, but if you're going to ask 15€ for a game you should at least make a free try-out version and not just rely on the SM brand name.

    At 2.99€ this would get a 7 , but this game is too repetitive, user- unfriendly and complicated to be enjoyable.

    Next time Sid, keep it simple, fun and cheap.
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  6. Mar 12, 2015
    3
    It's simple, repetitive, and boring. A bit fun at first, but after one play session you've seen it all and won't feel a need to return toIt's simple, repetitive, and boring. A bit fun at first, but after one play session you've seen it all and won't feel a need to return to Starships.

    The tactical combat would be fun, but there is not enough on the strategy layer so you end up spending 90% of your time with tactical battles and it quickly gets tiring. You (and your enemies) can't ever actually lose ships, so you just end up fighting the same battles with and against the same fleets over and over and over and over again.
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  7. Mar 17, 2015
    0
    This game is nothing more than a $2-5 tablet game that was halfway finished, ported to PC, then sold for three times that much. It is missingThis game is nothing more than a $2-5 tablet game that was halfway finished, ported to PC, then sold for three times that much. It is missing basic logivety features like multiplayer, or even a varied single player mode. seriously, you are better off if you just forget this exists. Expand

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