another celestial day in paradise.
another celestial day in paradise.

Star Drive Review

A quest to touch the stars and expand your galactic empire is what awaits you in this space opera. You will take the role as leader of one of eight galactic super powers.  The galaxy awaits your soft touch or iron fist.

another celestial day in paradise.
another celestial day in paradise.

You start off in your home solar system, given some resources and a flag ship. You must venture forth to expand your race at the dominant life, whether it be, trade or extermination. Each of the races have specific traits but can be modified on the new game screen. Each will define how you interact with the other races. You could have a small home world with a pack mentality or be alluring and ponderous or even repulsive and wasteful the decisions you choose are up to you and balance very nicely.

Home Grown Quality
Home Grown Quality
My peeps on Starface Book
My peeps on Starface Book

Initially Star Drive is a typical 4X strategy that takes place within our galaxy, what sets it apart from the others is the RTS factor that drives the game forward quite nicely. Species traits are well balanced and the ships for the individual races are easily definable from one another. With each of the various ships that are available, all can be customised to your specific needs, adding a more in depth and personalised experience. The tech tree is huge and is thankfully aided by the RTS aspect, no more wading through hours clicking “end turn” for a simple job to finish. Now just queue it, assign enough researches and Presto Changeo, you tech is done. Spies also can aid in this and can be used in several other ways to cause general chaos.

I see you photon laser and raise you a death ray
I see you photon laser and raise you a death ray

Unfortunately, as per 4X space operas, there is a void with a storyline. The general idea is to just conquer the galaxy and let the story tell itself. This may not appeal to players who enjoy a good plotline or the presence of a story and may find themselves bored in a very short space of time.

Hmm where to begin

The graphics are pretty and decent sound effect and animations also add to the Star Drive experience. I have already lost myself several times in the game and quite happy to do it again for some time to come. If 4X games are your thing, you should find just what you’re looking for on the wide open spaces of the galaxy.

About Tyler Smail

Genetically created to be inhumanly awesome in a lab beneath the earth, I came to be. I rule the world with a iron first but also have a hidden soft spot for puppies. All look up to me in awe and amazement and silently whisper to themselves: "I Wish I were that Awesome". I place my gaze upon them and say, "not to worry my subjects, I will be awesome for all of us", and all cheer in unison. This is my life. My real life on the other hand is playing games until I dream of them and keeping my lady and three dogs entertained. As a sub note: if you make me ruler, I promise to build a coliseum and has weekly Zombie death matches... so to speak

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