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StarDrive sets a new benchmark for the ‘4X Space Strategy’ genre. Starting with a single planet and a small number of space-worthy vessels, you must venture forth into the galaxy, conquer new worlds, build new colonies and defend your very existence against those who would take what is yours. How you play is your decision. Use diplomacy or brute force. Trade, spy and research your way to galactic domination. Make friends, or create mortal enemies…

The heart of StarDrive is its ship design and combat engine.

StarDrive takes a modular approach to ship design, allowing the player to create custom ships where the composition and placement of ship modules really matters to the performance of a ship.. In combat, if your portside armour is taking a beating, then rotate around and show them the starboard side! Hide behind a friendly capital ship’s shields; warp into and out of the fray, launch fighters, lay mines, and so much more.

Key Features:

  • Real time gameplay with a seamless zoom from a grand strategic view to a close-up action view

  • Choose from 8 beautifully rendered alien races or design your own to lead into the stars; interact, negotiate and forge allegiances on your way to victory

  • Expand your empire and colonize all kinds of planets, terraform and populate them and build them into specialized centers of trade or industry

  • Research and unlock an array of technologies to improve your military and industrial capabilities

  • Control your ships with classic real time strategy commands or jump into the fray by taking direct ‘arcade’ control of any ship in your empire

  • Create your unique ship designs with the modular ship design system and determine your own fate in battle

  • Create custom fleet formations and set rules of engagement in the easy-to-use fleet editor

  • Steal technologies, incite rebellions, or rob your enemies blind with a rich agent-based espionage system

  • Deploy ground troops from orbit to defeat the enemies’ last planetary defenses in ground combat

  • Explore the rich universe that comes alive with random events, remnant elements, hidden treasures, deep space terrors and late-game threats

Customer reviews


StarDrive, a game made by one man.

XGpredator | Dec. 31, 2013 | See all XGpredator's reviews »

Bearing in mind that STARDRIVE was mainly developed by one man with a tiny budget, the final result is a true tour of force, because the game has all the specs of a 4X Space Strategy title: diplomacy, space combat, etc.. Not to mention some of the ideas of Master of Orion II, such as espionage and design of vessels. Alas, STARDRIVE also owns almost as many mistakes as qualities, its still worth a try if you're fan of the genre.


Awesome Game!

Trollfaceyomama | Aug. 21, 2013 | See all Trollfaceyomama's reviews »

I specifically checked for multilayer before buying and noted from their home site that it would be added after launch. I then checked that regular updates were being made. There are bugs, but compared to EA's track record, this game is perfect at launch! I thought Sins would be better than what it was, and was looking for a GalCIV multiplayer for the wife and myself (since Stardock punked out and wouldn't release one!). This game is not quite there yet but well on it's way. Thanks Zero, look forward to a long and happy relationship with this game.


Finally a great MOO replacement

linquisitor | July 25, 2013 | See all linquisitor's reviews »

For those older people who remember MOO3 and how much of a disappointment it was the wait is finally over. Stardrive is, in every respect a spiritual successor to MOO2 - with a hefty does of nostalgia thrown in. A 4X strategy game with a great system for customising ships and an intriguing tech tree. I've had no experience with any bugs or crashes to date.


Give it a chance.

austin1173 | May 14, 2013 | See all austin1173's reviews »

This game is made by a VERY small company, and yet it is still better than some of the AAA developers out there. To me, this game reminds me somewhat of 'Sid Meier Alpha Centauri'. Unfortunatly, this game isn't perfectly optimized, so lower end systems WILL NOT RUN THIS! GRAPHIC SETTINGS CANT BE CHANGED AS OF NOW! If you can play it, it is fantastic. Not too much micromanagement, but a lot if you want. This game is a work in progress, but what it is now, is a great game with many hours of fun.


Stardrive is Worth it!

Nawab2012 | May 5, 2013 | See all Nawab2012's reviews »

This is not your typical 4x strategy game, but that is what makes it so unique and thrilling to play. A lot (and I do mean a lot) of emphasis was put on ship design and combat and it is in these categories that Stardrive achieves greatness: Fighters will circle one another, trying to find the best firing arc, and engage in fast paced combat; Capital ships exchange powerful volleys of missiles, torpedoes, or lasers while trying to fend off smaller craft with point defense weaponry; Support ships send out repair drones or resupply your fleet with ammunition during longer, extended battles; The whole thing turns into a symphony of destruction the likes of which is usually reserved for big budget scifi movies. Other than the combat, the ability to create ships of your own design (By design, I'm talking about the internal components and not the external "look" of the ship) is easily the most appealing aspect of the game. Design choices make a huge impact in battle too: Place a reactor core in your ship with no armor or shields around it for protection and your just asking for an enemy to land a lucky blow and send your brand new frigate to oblivion. There is something just so satisfying about coming up with a well thought out layout for your ship and watching it excel in combat against your enemies. It is certainly not perfect and like all 4x games there is a learning curve, but if you are fan of large scale space battles and deceptively deep starship design then there is nothing out there quite like StarDrive.