Sid Meier's Starships

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Build and command a fleet of starships and travel between planets as you explore, build, negotiate, and fight to preserve your vision for humanity.





  • Strategy  
  • 2K Games
  • 3/12/2015
  • English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Traditional Chinese
Fantasy Violence
Mild Language
Take command of a fleet of powerful starships in this adventure-driven strategy game from legendary designer Sid Meier. Travel to new worlds, completing missions to help save and protect the planets and their people from dangerous Space Pirates, to powerful Marauders and other hostile factions. Build a planetary federation as you strengthen your fleet and secure your homeworld as you attempt to preserve intergalactic peace and your vision of humanity. Set in the universe of Civilization: Beyond Earth after the age of the Seeding, Sid Meier’s Starships offers sci-fi/strategy fans a full stand-alone game experience that also features cross-connectivity with Beyond Earth, expanding the depth of both games. See if you have what it takes to rule the universe!
  • Tactical Space Combat: Encounter unique tactical challenges in every mission, with dynamically generated maps, victory conditions, and foes.
  • Fully Customizable Starships: Create an armada that fits your tactical plan with modular spaceship design.
  • Diplomacy, Strategy, and Exploration: Expand the influence of your Federation and gain the trust of the citizens of new planets. Use the unique abilities of the each planet to enhance your fleet and Federation, and keep your opponents in check. Build improvements on worlds to increase the capabilities and resources of your Federation.
  • A Galaxy Of Adventure: Explore the galaxy as you lead your fleet to distant worlds and complete missions to help the citizens of these planets. Fight pirates, protect colony ships, destroy rogue AI, and more.
  • Multiple Paths To Victory: Will you win by conquering the greatest threat to the galaxy? Or will you unite a plurality of worlds in your Federation? Perhaps you will lead your people to push the frontiers of science. Each choice you make carries consequences on your path to victory
© 1991-2015 Take-Two Interactive Software and its subsidiaries. Developed by Firaxis Games. Sid Meier's Starships, Civ, Civilization, 2K Games, Firaxis Games, Take-Two Interactive Software and their respective logos are all trademarks of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Uses Granny Animation. Copyright © 1999-2015 by RAD Game Tools, Inc. All other marks and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved. The content of this videogame is fictional and is not intended to represent or depict an actual record of the events, persons or entities in the game's historical setting.


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64bit SupportUnknown
CPU TypeIntel Mac Only
CPU Cores2
CPU Speed2 GHz
System RAM2 GB
Drive Space700 MB
Video RAM256 MB
Video (ati)ATI Radeon HD 4670 *
* Unsupported Video Cards: ATI Radeon X1300, ATI Radeon X1600, ATI Radeon X1900 XT, ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT, ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro, ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
Video (nvidia)NVIDIA GeForce 9400M *
* Unsupported Video Cards: NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500, NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600, NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300, NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT, NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
Video (intel)Intel HD Graphics 4000 *
* Unsupported Video Cards: Intel GMA 900, Intel GMA 950, Intel GMA X3100, Intel HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics 3000
Important Notes:
  • Requires Steam and a Steam Account to play.

Reviews, Ratings & Comments


From 31 Shoppers

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  1. Disappointing
    by Adam Voss, USA - May 23rd 2018

    A very light strategy game, not really a bad game, just not my thing.

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  2. Good turn-based strategy
    by Spiro, Poland - Dec 29th 2017

    If you like turn-based strategy, it's a game for you.
    The game has a lot of potential, but the gameplay is simply: buy improvements - use it - lead the battles. Sometimes it's boring, sometimes relaxing.

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  3. Enjoyable casual tactics game
    by Psyringe, Germany - Sep 23rd 2017

    Starships is a casual turn-based tactics game in space. You build and equip your ships and control them in short turn-based battles. It also features a similarly casual strategic layer with different factions fighting for control over star systems, but it's far from the full-fledged empire management of a 4X game - rather, it's just a framework for getting the technologies and resources that you need to build and maintain your fleet.

    The game provides the experience of a strategic space conquest campaign, while keeping the overall complexity fairly low - but still high enough to keep it interesting. As such, I found it pretty enjoyable, though definitely more relaxing than challenging. Balancing seems to be off though (my fighters appeared to be much more powerful than any other type of weapon), and the AI is terrible. Replayability is limited due to the lack of more complex mechanics.

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  4. Decent
    by Pixel Paintbrush, USA - Aug 28th 2017

    Not sure why this game gets all the hate, I found it quite normal, boring at times, but pretty decent.

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  5. Brought for another game's feature
    by Haotian D., USA - Apr 8th 2017

    Brought for another civil beyond earth's in game feature. Cool but this game is just okay so.

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  6. Exciting Game
    by George T., Greece - Mar 19th 2017

    Do not let reviews fool you, this is a fantastic game. Just know what you are purchasing. This is NOT a 4x game.

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  7. Great opportunity, missed slam-dunk
    by Duvi, Hungary - Mar 19th 2017

    The Starships essence of the struggle, and actually only really good and really enjoyable part of this game. Everything else is too simple.

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  8. Starships
    by Bebeto, Romania - Dec 4th 2016

    Starships is a game with a lot of potential, but falls short of what it could be. Buy on sale.

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  9. Little game
    by hao12654, Taiwan - Aug 28th 2016

    A little short in game time, but still a good game

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  10. Fun
    by Black_Star, USA - Jul 18th 2016

    It gave me a few hours of entertainment. I was worth the price i paid

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  11. Good Game for Slower Players
    by Greg Michelson, USA - Feb 28th 2016

    If you are an older, slower Star Trek fan, this game is a good one. It is a turn based game. Graphics are great. There are some choices to be made as you amass points in 5 categories. Good choice at the beginning is ENERGY and then METALS. Credits are good and sometimes hard to come by. My favorite WONDER is the Dual Command, which allows two actions per turn. Explore them all and learn your best ones. SCIENCE upgrades are both offensive and defensive. I go with offensive first and push the Torpedeo and Engine options. Some battles can take a bit of time to finish and if you are not strategically placed, you may lose Star Systems. Larger size games with fewere opponents are somewhat easier to play. Many ways to play and win and lose and learn.

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  12. It's a very fun and easy to play game
    by lawrence1988, United Kingdom - Feb 26th 2016

    A good light game to if you want a break from "serious" gaming. feels a lot like playing a boardgame. i think its unfair that a lot of people dislike this because of mismatched expectations. looking forward to more starships or further depth.

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  13. Great game
    by morawcik, Poland - Jan 11th 2016

    This game is awesone but something is missing. Maybe more fun?

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  14. Simple 4x Game
    by Elias Chapelle, USA - May 5th 2015

    Starships is a simplified but enjoyable 4x game in the mold of Master of Orion II, the gold standard of space 4x games. Although it appears incomplete, it is still an enjoyable game of exploration, expansion, economic development, and combat. It's appeal rests primarily in its clean game play with little complexity or a long lisf of things you need to remember that has made other games of this type such a dreary exercise of game play. There are other 4x games that play much better, such as Starbase Orion, but few that are as relaxing as this non-real-time turn-based game.
    It needs many improvements though. 1) The little triangle you need to click on to sell goods at the market to speed up sales is easy to miss 2) Your game progress and the progress of the other civilizations are not displayed very well which makes it difficult to make decisions. (3) The ending of the game is too abrupt and unexplained. (4)The game seems to be incomplete as well- the mechanics work well but the deeper elements that are needed for this type of game appear to be missing.
    The game is also overpriced at its $15.00 sell point.

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  15. Сompletely unpretentious
    by Sixth Praetorian, Switzerland - Mar 17th 2015

    My expectation of the game (SID!) was much higher. The game idea is extremely flat, all missions are similar, battles are unmanageable because of poor maps. Ship upgrade, last hope, appeared fully automated, you can only choose the number of ship parts.
    After CIV5 and XCOM this game looks cheap.

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