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Since the events in Star Control 2 the Ur-Quan have been pacified and the captain who bravely destroyed the Sa-Matra has had a horrible vision of the future. Suddenly without warning, all Hyperspace travel in the universe has stopped. Top scientists have pinpointed the cause of this disturbance somewhere in unexplored space in an area known as the Kessari Quadrant. Hastily assembling a fleet of ships as and an untested Precusor star drive... a loose alliance of alien races known as The League of Sentient Races sends a task force to the Kessari Quadrant. You are its commander.

Star Control 3 features a new 3D star map, new alien races to discover, new worlds to explore and colonize, new artifacts to research and a new isometric Hyper Melee battle system for inter-starship battles.


Star Control 3 DOS Hey, it's the ship from the Box Cover of SC2! Wait a minute... that's suppose to be the Sa-Matra?
Star Control 3 DOS The final battle with the Eternal Ones' Herald fleet
Star Control 3 DOS Earth Cruiser and Spathi Eluder flying in formation
Star Control 3 DOS The new Spathi look somehow Sesame Street-ish

Promo Images

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Star Control 3 Screenshot
Star Control 3 Screenshot
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Alternate Titles

  • "Star Control: The Kessari Quadrant" -- Stardock reissue on
  • "Star Control: Kessari Quadrant" -- Stardock reissue on Steam

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User Reviews

Much better than everyone wants to make you believe DOS vulture (17)
An exceprt from the SC3 staff meeting... DOS Vance (101)
Enraging on every level DOS APFelon (21)
Cut SC3 some slack! DOS Vaelor (381)
Horrible. Simply is. DOS Tomer Gabel (4644)
A good game of diplomacy DOS lucian (40)
Simply terrible. DOS WizardX (117)
A half-decent game that tends to be more tedious that entertaining. DOS Kevin Olson (8)
Great adventure, fascinating story - poor strategy part DOS Wimp (81)
Not a bad game, if you judge it on it's own merits. DOS Marrsy (58)

Critic Reviews

GameSpot DOS Oct 03, 1996 9 out of 10 90
Privat Computer PC DOS 1996 82 out of 100 82
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Dec, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Games (Germany) DOS Nov, 1996 78 out of 100 78
PC Joker DOS Dec, 1996 62 out of 100 62 DOS 1996 60 out of 100 60
PC Player (Germany) DOS Dec, 1996 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Macworld Macintosh Feb, 1999 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Mac Ledge Macintosh Nov 28, 1998 1.5 out of 5 30
Mac Game Gate Macintosh 1998 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20


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1001 Video Games

Star Control 3 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


A novel titled Star Control: Interbellum was published by Prima and written by author W. T. Quick. The book supposedly contains story and events that takes place between Star Control 2 and Star Control 3... however the popular opinion is that the author has never played or was ever given the plot to either game. Also the player character of both games is given a name for the novel, "Commander Omega".

Screenshot capturing technique

This game will dump a screenshot to a .PCX file if you hit PRTSC during gameplay.

Star Control III

Fred Ford and Paul Reiche III owned the character rights to the various alien races, Accolade owned the Star Control copyright. When the original creators declined to make the new sequel, Accolade gave them an ultimatum; sell the character rights or part three would be made with entirely new characters, no continuity involved whatsoever. The creators decided to make some final money off of their creations. A side note to this is that none of the original artists involved with Star Control II were even approached to work on Star Control III.

Information also contributed by Aaron Grier, Vance, and WildKard

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