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Star Traders: 4X Empires

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Take command of humanity’s last survivors and rebuild an empire among the stars. In this immersive turn-based strategy game, you must lead the refugees of the great Exodus to a new home in hostile space and build a new galaxy-spanning civilization. To survive in the dark reaches of space, you will have to fight to protect your people, control rival factions, and unlock lost technology.

This challenging civilization-building game expands upon the universe of the original Star Traders RPG. As the leader of a splinter group who have fallen behind the main fleet, you have no choice but to settle nearby habitable worlds, stake your claim and try to prosper.

Your forces will face hostile aliens at every turn and your fleets will do battle in a challenging tactical conflicts across the solar systems. As the waves of stellar conflict wash across your empire, you’ll face invasions, devastating planetary bombardments and need to exact the same on alien infestations to expand your empire.

Within your own imperium, you must manage your economy, political realm, and technological research. The squabbling factions vie for power, unable to lay old rivalries to rest. Only your deft political maneuvering can build treaties and harmony over discord and war. From the helm, you must also construct a mighty economy, one capable of surviving the devastation of war and the attacks of political adversaries. A sprawling technology tree lies before you and your choice of technologies will determine the strategy of your galactic civilization. To survive, you’ll need to overcome some of these challenges, to succeed you must master them all.

  • Grow a ragtag band of survivors into a new galactic empire.
  • Protect your colonies of galactic refugees from alien attack.
  • Employ devious political and economic machinations to expand your domain.
  • Use spies and espionage to get the upperhand on your enemies.
  • Research and build incredible new ships, weapons and technologies.
  • Trade with a vast universe full of rich, dynamic characters.
  • Explore the galaxy and uncover its many secrets.
  • Multiple difficulty levels and customizable map sizes.
  • Risk everything to rescue refugees and keep them safe.

Take control through the strategic use of spies, economics, politics, technology and advanced weaponry in the most engaging, expansive and intense turn-based sci-fi title. Rebuild the human civilization from the ashes of interstellar war to become the galaxy’s ultimate leader in Star Trader 4X Empires.Snag a Two PackThe Star Traders Two Pack includes two copies of the game - one for you and one to gift to a friend. The second copy is at 50%! Share your strategies and epic war against the alien with a friend today!What's in the Box?Star Traders: 4X Empires includes the full tech tree, and both the Alta Mesa and Hyperion Ship Skin Packs. As we continue to expand the game, new technology, ship skins, and factions will be released to you free of charge in our weekly updates. This games does not contain any chargeable DLC - all present and future content is included in the price.
  • Entire Tech tree
  • All game maps
  • All 6 classic Factions
  • Additional 3 Great Clan Factions (Alta Mesa, Moklumne, Zenrin)
  • All 9 ship design types
Release date
Trese Brothers
Cory Trese
Trese Brothers
Age rating
Not rated

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows XP, Windos Vista, or Windows 7 / 8 / 10
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Graphics: Requires OpenGL 2.0 or higher
  • Storage: 200 MB available space
  • Additional Notes: Requires MS Visual Studio C++ Runtime 2012 x86

System requirements for Linux

  • Graphics: Requires OpenGL 2.0 or higher
  • Storage: 200 MB available space
  • Additional Notes: Requires LibGLFW 2 (apt-get install libglfw2)

System requirements for macOS

  • OS: OSX 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Storage: 200 MB available space

System requirements for iOS

iPad 2 Wifi, iPad 2 3G, iPhone 4S, iPad Third Gen, iPad Third Gen 4G, iPhone 5, iPod Touch Fifth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen 4G, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 4G, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad Air Cellular, iPad Mini Retina, iPad Mini Retina Cellular, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Cellular, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Sixth Gen, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Mini 4, iPad Mini 4 Cellular, iPad Pro, iPad Pro Cellular, iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Pro 9.7 Cellular, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad 6 1 1, iPad 6 1 2, iPad 7 1, iPad 7 2, iPad 7 3, iPad 7 4, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad 7 5, iPad 7 6, iPhone X S, iPhone X S Max, iPhone X R, iPad 8 1 2, iPad 8 3 4, iPad 8 5 6, iPad 8 7 8, iPad Mini 5, iPad Mini 5 Cellular, iPad Air 3, iPad Air 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Seventh Gen

System requirements for Android

2.3 and up
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Star Traders: 4X Empires reviews and comments

Translated by
Microsoft from French
Star traders: 4X Empires is an excellent game of type 4X in constant evolution for those who do not know it yet, 4X means: eXploration, eXpansion, eXploitation and eXtermination you start with a few ships. There are colonizers, military units and an exploration vessel. Your first goal is to explore the corner, to settle down, to grow and colonize neighboring planets, to exploit every planet best to maximize production and then to find and make the skin of enemies (all others, usually). Let's note that your colonizers come from different factions. Each faction has its own technologies and you can gradually unlock the technology tree. One last point, this game asks to have a lot of time ahead either. It is impossible to make a game in an hour! To read all my impressions on Star traders: 4X Empires. [www.graal.fr]
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Microsoft from Deutsch
Once again, proof that it doesn't take much for a good Game. Graphic: Mist Sound: Mist Game: Outstanding It reminds me somewhat of the Dune universe. You take on the Leadership role of a Feudal System in Space, each House takes on a specific Task in the Empire-and the Battles against each other, if you leave them. So this Game is not just a simple 4X game, such as MoO; In addition to the traditional 4X game, you also have to be careful to maintain a Balance of Powers in your own Empire. In the later Course Of the game, new Houses-or Castes-will be added, which must then also be promoted accordingly in order to establish them. A Game that is not so easy to master. Will take some Time to get involved properly. The Tech Tree is enormous, especially since every research breakthrough unlocks several Techs. So each Research involves between 5 and 10 Techs, of which you Usually get 2-3, unless you get an Event with which you can complete the Research-So you don't get all The Techs, but about twice as much. Trade Routes between houses must first be negotiated, and a Trade Route costs money and Resources, but this is not guaranteed. Clever! But money and Resources are not so the Problem from the Beginning, there is also a Beginner who has some Room for manoeuvre-you just have to keep an Eye on it. The Ship's Construction is also enormous. Even the first Glance reveals that in the Course of the Game pretty much everything becomes possible-so the tactical space battle starts from the Very beginning with the ship's Construction. The Specifications of the Game are more like well-intentioned suggestions that demonstrate the Cut value of a Design-you throw them away pretty quickly. Refuelled and repaired in Orbit of a planetary/Sun, you only have to park the Ships a few Laps. If the Fuel is all, the Ships don't just hang around in the Room-as I've experienced with some of the other Game-always goes home. Ship upgrades are free, and will be included in the new design. Countless Possibilities, simple and uncomplicated-again, exactly the Opposite, what the big Development Houses deliver ... Numerous Campaigns and Maps are included. The Joke is that you can assign a completely different Map to a particular Campaign, which makes things very interesting. Card Editor supplied. Rarely has a Game thrilled me so quickly in recent Years.
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