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Spacebase Startopia sells players the galactic dream: managing their very own donut-shaped space station. It's out officially today along with full Linux support from Realmforge Studios and Kalypso Media.

Overseen and assisted (when she feels like it) by the base's sarcastic on-board AI, players will play Commander to their floating home-away-from-home on the station's three unique decks with a variety of gadgetry while tending to the wants and needs of a diverse array of vacationing extra-terrestrial lifeforms. In multiplayer, up to 4 players can work together to build the galaxy's greatest getaway, or seek oblivion unto their rivals with daring feats of economic sabotage.

Features:

  • Single-player campaign with 10 fully voiced missions
  • Manage a melting pot of different lifeforms, each with their own individual – and sometimes contradictory - needs and desires
  • Build a variety of rooms across three very different decks to cater to the needs of visiting aliens
  • Explore the potential of your space base in a fully configurable sandbox mode
  • Produce and trade resources to turn a profit while running sabotage missions against your competitors
  • Work together or compete against rivals in competitive and a co-op multiplayer for up to 4 players

If you need help while playing it, Kalypso put up a playlist strategy guide on YouTube. The first can be seen below if you want to get a taste of it but beware of spoilers:

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No review key was available for us before release but we have a request in, so a more traditional review / thoughts article may come in future. From a few reviews gone up by more traditional Windows-focused websites, it sadly sound like it's not been a great release and fails to live up to the original but hopefully we will see for ourselves. Doesn't seem like it's bad, just alright.

You can buy Spacebase Startopia on Steam.

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Eike 26 Mar
Metro Exodus, Total War: Rome Remastered, Shadow Tactics standalone expansion, Civilization VI DLC and Spacebase Startopia - that's how a Linux gamer day is supposed to be! ;)
d10sfan 26 Mar
Quoting: EikeMetro Exodus, Total War: Rome Remastered, Shadow Tactics standalone expansion, Civilization VI DLC and Spacebase Startopia - that's how a Linux gamer day is supposed to be! ;)

Is it confirmed that the shadow tactics expansion is coming to Linux? Last I looked the store page showed Windows only.

Rest of it is good news though


Last edited by d10sfan on 26 March 2021 at 6:13 pm UTC
Liam Dawe 26 Mar
Quoting: d10sfan
Quoting: EikeMetro Exodus, Total War: Rome Remastered, Shadow Tactics standalone expansion, Civilization VI DLC and Spacebase Startopia - that's how a Linux gamer day is supposed to be! ;)

Is it confirmed that the shadow tactics expansion is coming to Linux? Last I looked the store page showed Windows only.

Rest of it is good news though
Yes.
d10sfan 26 Mar
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: d10sfan
Quoting: EikeMetro Exodus, Total War: Rome Remastered, Shadow Tactics standalone expansion, Civilization VI DLC and Spacebase Startopia - that's how a Linux gamer day is supposed to be! ;)

Is it confirmed that the shadow tactics expansion is coming to Linux? Last I looked the store page showed Windows only.

Rest of it is good news though
Yes.

Nice!
foobrew 26 Mar
$50?? Really? Mixed reviews to boot. I'll pass for now.


Last edited by foobrew on 26 March 2021 at 9:27 pm UTC
Thunder_Tw 26 Mar
A reboot of the game Startopia from 20 years ago, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Startopia. However it isn't mentioned for some reason (sus). The game looks like it didn't change much. It had a few bugs back then but was fun for a while, as a kid.
ElectroDD 27 Mar
From what I remember, there was a bug preventing people to play the game. Common enough to force an update ( and at the time, there was no internet, you had to by magazines with CDs to get patches ), long loading time crashing the launch, graphic problems making a black screen...
I had the chance to have a configuration which had few problems, but the game was pretty unstable vanilla. It ran without issues after the second update.

That said, we're all a lot older, playing the old startopia is enjoyable because of nostalgia. I have'nt played new startopia yet, but I'll buy it eventually and play it.

I already sense that the humor isn't as good as the first one from the trailers. Probably because of SJW non-sense abuot race or offensive jokes or whatever they find to get angry ( the only races I know are with cars, motorbikes and idiot going in circle for fame and money, if you're offended by what I just wrote, you lack the famous sense of humor my friend ! Sue me :) )

I'll see for myself.
Quoting: ElectroDDI already sense that the humor isn't as good as the first one from the trailers. Probably because of SJW non-sense abuot race or offensive jokes or whatever they find to get angry ( the only races I know are with cars, motorbikes and idiot going in circle for fame and money, if you're offended by what I just wrote, you lack the famous sense of humor my friend ! Sue me :) )
No, no, that wasn't offensive at all. Stupid, yes.
PlayX 28 Mar
it seems they forget to encode the videos in a format that unity can play on linux. ok there are only a hand full of videos and you open and view it in the game folder, but this could have been seen in a quality check
silmeth 29 Mar
In the original old game the AI is there with you, trying to help you. Often judgmental and sarcastic, but still – happy when you do good and frightened when you screw things up. You feel you’re both in this together even with the occasional slam at you.

From what I’ve seen, in this game the AI is constantly insulting your intelligence and then after some time it explicitly points out that it insults you – because you might have not been smart enough to notice yourself… And does so with the synthesized(-like) impersonal voice that isn’t that enjoyable to listen to either.

So I think I’ll pass on that one, at least for now – but I’m still grateful as this new release actually made me aware of the original game and I must tell I do enjoy that one. :)
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