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Smugglers 5 is the fifth installment in the turn-based single-player space trading game series. Will you be a greedy trader, an ambitious fleet pilot or a ruthless pirate? Board enemy ships, manage factories, conquer star systems and forge your own galactic empire - ultimately, your actions will have an impact on a galactic scale.

'It’s basically Elite… but turn-based. [...]' - Rockpapershotgun.com blog (Smugglers 4)
'Smugglers 5 is an impressive and exceedingly addictive game.[...]' - darkzero.co.uk
'I’ve been playing Smugglers' games since I was a kid[...]' - Christian T. (a happy customer)
The galaxy is at war - the Federation, the Coalition, the Outer Rim systems and the criminal Syndicate battle for control. It's a dangerous life for a pilot on the front lines, but it can also be a lucrative one - are you an honest trader, or does smuggling illegal goods sound more profitable? Will you join the war effort for your faction, set up your own empire or simply explore the galaxy?

The fifth instalment in the long-running Smugglers series features a completely revised turn-based combat system and a range of new ships to fly, as well as a host of exciting features:

  • Explore the galaxy through a fast turn-based travel and combat system
  • 4 factions; 6 professions with new, unique skill trees; 100+ different skills and a revised skill system
  • 30+ spaceships and encounters ranging from fighters up to battleships, cruise missiles and star bases
  • Non-linear war and campaign system. You can influence the war!
  • Manage a crew, board enemy ships, become Admiral and command whole fleets
  • Plunder planets and pirate outposts, conquer space systems and even rule your own empire!
  • Supply and demand based trading with the storyline and campaign influencing prices
  • More than 80,000 words of interactive non-linear storylines (that´s about the size of two novels)
  • Advanced text generation technology and new planet exploration short stories make every game different.
  • Marry a beautiful wife and have children
  • Optional compatibility mode to allow blind players to enjoy the game
  • and much more ...

The six most important new features compared to Smugglers 4:
  • You can now start and rule your own empire
  • Manage your own factories or pirate outposts
  • Raid and plunder planets or pirate outposts
  • 80,000 words of new and dynamic short stories (the equivalent of a full length novel).
  • Completely revised skill and combat system
  • Play as an independent adventurer - or join the military

'TOP 1 bestselling RPG game' - GOG.com from 16th to 24th March 2014 'TOP 6 bestselling INDIE game' - GOG.com from 16th to 24th March 2014 'TOP 3 bestselling PC game' - Impulsedriven.com in May 2011 (Prequel Smugglers 4) 'TOP 1 bestselling indie game' - Direct2Drive.com in June 2011 (Prequel Smugglers 4)
There's a ship in the hangar and the stars are calling to you. Don't keep them waiting.
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Niels Bauer Games
Niels Bauer Games, Highcliffe Media Publishing
Age rating
Not rated

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or newer.
  • Processor: No special requirements
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: No special requirements
  • Storage: 100 MB available space
  • Sound Card: No special requirements

System requirements for macOS

OS X 10.7.0 or later.Processor: 1.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Memory: 1 GB Graphics: 256 MB of video RAM Hard drive space: 600 MB Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.
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Smugglers 5 reviews and comments

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Microsoft from Russian
Recently released text Space Rangers, and I just got caught in the hands of this game... The feeling that the simplified Raiders with the property (but not entirely) textual component, but the Russian language is not, so I can recommend only fans of space games with good knowledge of English)
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Microsoft from Dutch
Prachtge game to play. If you are willing to read, the graphics you do not like (it seems to be on a Amiga game) and you don't mind clicking your mouse then this game is definitely for you! Nice skills tree, different missions and the opportunity to buy companies and earn money.
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Microsoft from Deutsch
This Game is actually really fun, but it lacks the Variety after a boredom. Unfortunately, there is not really much Equipment or Ships to buy. The Trading System is ok and Trading as a free trader quickly brings Success. For 10€ quite ok for the way, gamble here and there. For the serious Gamer, however, this Game has too little depth and Content.
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Microsoft from Deutsch
Definitely a good Occupation, as a Minigame pretty good. Unfortunately, however, it does not take much time to reach the highest Rank. In Addition, the Map is quite small and neither the Economic Nor the Military Style of play is very elaborated. Unfortunately, the Choice of Ships is not particularly large. Of course, it's not the greatest Game, so I'd classify it as a future Classic that you can quietly pick up for a Few Euros on a special Offer. Even so, Smugglers V remains an impressive Example of a game emerging From Greenlight:D
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Microsoft from Russian
Good time of the day to all gamers! So, a little review on this game that I bought from a sense of nostalgia for the masterpiece Elite. I Saw the possibilities of the game: the Fulfillment of numerous and never suffix missions of varying complexity and with different rewards. The Ability to upgrade your own ship at its discretion. To Play a role for one or another faction or profession-from a peaceful merchant to a vicious pirate. To Be driven by various solar systems in search of adventures-do not restrain any plot frames. Companies for the passage as such is not, but in principle it is not necessary-because the game from the beginning is stated as "the study of the vast world." The Graphics are quite simple, but the game is stable and not crashes. English is enough just to not have to climb into the dictionary, if there is at least a little knowledge in English. Fights take place in the marching mode. During its turn it is possible to make at once several things-to release a rocket, to put disturbances, to shoot from a laser, to activate a ballistic computer. In General: The game is not bad to kill time and worth the money. I Recommend everyone who loves space simulators.
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