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Independence War: The Starship Simulator (Windows)

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The Indies, colonists from Earth, and the Commonwealth are engaged in a never-ending war in Space. As an officer of the Commonwealth it's your job to strip these rebels of their defiant natures and force them to re-join with Earth.

Independence War: The Starship Simulator is a space-sim with a twist. Instead of flying the usual fighters, you take charge of a 150-metre long Dreadnaught-class corvette. And all the goodies of a capital ship are included: big guns, big shields, lots of missiles. All the daily essentials for an officer of the Navy.

Mission times vary from 5 minutes up to 35 minutes without save point. If you have successfully completed the mission, the game will save. There are primary and secondary missions and, later in the game, you can change the sides from the Navy to the Indies. Later, the Dreadnaught become updated with more firepower, new missiles and a friend. The game has three endings.

Some of the missions require you to remote control other crafts, such as fighter, freighter, and more. Unfortunately, when you are controlling that ship, your own ship is flying with no one at the helm.


Independence War: The Starship Simulator Windows The damage control. What you see is what you control.
Independence War: The Starship Simulator Windows Weapon impact
Independence War: The Starship Simulator Windows A navy ship detonates.
Independence War: The Starship Simulator Windows The ship sustains heavy damage.

Alternate Titles

  • "I-War: Rebellion im Universum" -- German title
  • "I-War: Enter Infinity" -- European title
  • "I-War" -- Common name
  • "Infinity Wars" -- Working title
  • "Independence War" -- Title logo after applying the 3DFX update and later patches

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User Reviews

The way I wish X-Wing had been . . . Clinton Webb (21) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Not your typical space shooter is fine, but why the infinite respawn? Kasey Chang (3652) unrated
Flawed Ashley Pomeroy (233) unrated
Puts the Sim on Sci-fi sims and does so with great missions and fantastic gameplay. Zovni (9321) unrated
Superb space sim, but not without problems. Shadowcat (124) unrated
So close, yet SO far! Maury Markowitz (231) unrated
This is one kick-ass game. Kahlon Graham (3) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Dec, 1998 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
PC Jeux Nov, 1997 94 out of 100 94
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Aug 27, 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Joker Dec, 1997 89 out of 100 89
PC Games (Germany) Dec 03, 1997 89 out of 100 89
GameStar (Germany) Dec, 1997 83 out of 100 83
Power Play Dec, 1997 81 out of 100 81
IGN Sep 10, 1998 8 out of 10 80
Computer Games Magazine May 31, 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Jan, 1998 76 out of 100 76


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3dfx patch

There's a 3dfx patch that allows the game to use 3dfx 3D accelerators for improved graphics. This applies to I-War European release only, not the US release titled Independence War.


You can download the I-WAR developer's kit from the official website. It allows you to figure out the scripts and the events that goes into making a single mission, and create your own.

Version differences

The final mission of the game (Impeachment) was split in two missions for the western release (at the point were the Excalibur flees from the main navy fleet).


  • Computer Gaming World
    • April 1999 (Issue #177) – Best Space Sim of the Year
Information also contributed by Zovni

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faceless (395) added Independence War: The Starship Simulator (Windows) on Jan 27, 2000