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Star Control 3

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MobyRank MobyScore
DOS
75
2.3
Macintosh
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3.0
Windows
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User Reviews

Much better than everyone wants to make you believe DOS vulture (14)
An exceprt from the SC3 staff meeting... DOS Vance (98)
Enraging on every level DOS APFelon (18)
Cut SC3 some slack! DOS Vaelor (377)
Horrible. Simply is. DOS Tomer Gabel (4388)
A good game of diplomacy DOS lucian (37)
Simply terrible. DOS WizardX (116)
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 (75)
Not a bad game, if you judge it on it's own merits. DOS Marrsy (55)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
DOS 63 2.3
Macintosh 1 3.0
Windows Awaiting 1 votes...
Combined MobyScore 64 2.3


The Press Says

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91
DOSPC Games
Overall, Star Control 2 was funnier, more colorful game, but Star Control 3 supplies a superior gaming engine, excellent online help (including a tracking system for hints), a sophisticated strategy-based colony system, fine Super VGA artwork, and far better game balance. Internal comparisons aside, Star Control 3 is a delightfully challenging game that's sure to please fans of the series and newcomers alike.
91
DOSPC Player (Denmark)
Star Control 3 er gennemarbejdet, originalt og morsomt på de rette steder, og det er det, der skal til for at lave et godt spil.
91
DOSComing Soon Magazine
Since the announcement of its development in 1995, the third title in the Star Control series has quickly risen on top of the most awaited sequels among other hype titles such as Falcon 4.0, Lands of Lore 2 and Privateer 2: The Darkening. Not only were people anxiously looking forward to this first collaboration between Legend Entertainment (the developer) and Accolade, but also the series' aficionados who were eager to fling themselves into new perilous adventures across the galaxy. But let's reassure them both, Star Control 3 is worth the wait, and once again, it will draw you into its epic universe.
90
DOSGameSpot
Doogs, Ktangs, Spathis,… Daktaklakpaks? After playing Star Control 3 for a few hundred hours, these will be household names to you. In fact, the four interstellar races mentioned above are but a few of the motley cast of characters that you're either allying with or warring against in this epic space oddity. And Star Control 3 is a vast oddity, integrating real-time strategy and action elements with the exploratory playability of an adventure title into one game. It may take up eons of play time to finally solve, but one thing's for sure: you will become absorbed in the Star Control universe that unfurls before you.
83
DOSGame Revolution
In all Star Control 3 is a good game that maintains the excitement and feeling that made it's predecessors classics, while adding enough improvements to insure it's niche in gaming history.
83
DOSPC Gameplay (Benelux)
We kunnen alleen maar hopen dat 'Star Control 4' een meer geavanceerde combat interface, een beter uitgewerkte kolonie-managementsysteem en geen domme Ethnics Council meer heeft. Dan wordt het vast en zeker het spel van de eeuw.
82
DOSPrivat Computer PC
Star Control 3 er et originalt, men ikke 100% frisk bud på en genre, der ellers domineres af meget seriøse spil. Det er nemlig ikke så charmerende som Star Control 2.
81
DOSPower Play
An jeder noch so kleinen Stelle Dialog merkt man, daß hier nichts dem Zufall überlassen wurde. Ihr werdet nicht nur prächtig unterhalten, sondern mehr als einmal mit psychologischen Kniffen in Versuchung gebracht, die Seiten zu wechseln. Mit seinen genau austarierten Spielanteilen Adventure, Action und Wirtschaft wirkt “Star Control 3 zu keiner Zeit langweilig, sondern verführt euch eher dazu, die Maus nicht mehr aus der Hand zu legen. Alles, was an den beiden Erstlingen nervte (Orbit ansteuern, umständlicher Rohstoffabbau) wurde konsequent verbessert oder gekürzt. Alles, was ihr in der Vergangenheit lieb gewonnen habt (vertraute Rassen, Lieblings-Kampfschiffe) ist wieder mit von der Partie und wurde mit neuen Charakteren und Technologien angereichert. Bis auf einige Situationen, bei denen ihr unvermittelt vor dem Game Over stehen könnt, macht das nur Pluspunkte für den renovierten Klassiker.
80
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
To some gamers, the different elements of gameplay will be a welcome change, and those with an open mind might find themselves totally engrossed by the STAR CONTROL story, the hilarious dialogue, the great character interaction and even the fun Hyper Melee module. The strategy element tends to bog down at times, and adventure game purists will probably be too frustrated with this module to continue playing. But If you take this game for what it is, and don't restrict it to the classic definition of an adventure game, then you'll discover a truly stellar experience.
80
DOSComputer Gaming World (CGW)
To some gamers, the different elements of gameplay will be a welcome change, and those with an open mind might find themselves totally engrossed by the STAR CONTROL story, the hilarious dialogue, the great character interaction and even the fun Hyper Melee module. The strategy element tends to bog down at times, and adventure game purists will probably be too frustrated with this module to continue playing. But If you take this game for what it is, and don't restrict it to the classic definition of an adventure game, then you'll discover a truly stellar experience.
80
DOSWorld Village (Gamer's Zone)
Disappointing music aside, SC3 is a quality recreation of the now-classic galactic romp: Star Control II. The combination of spoken voice and puppets lends a cinematic feel to the game. Though the game is short, I had too much fun to notice. Still, Legend's spin adds nothing noteworthy to a proven formula and, in a few places, falls short of Reiche and Ford's masterwork. Star Control 3 is, however, one of the better games to appear on the shelves this year.
78
DOSPC Games (Germany)
Guter Nachfolger für einen wahren Klassiker. Zwar handelt es sich bei Star Control nicht um ein perfektes Spiel; insbesondere die Schwächen in dem neuentwickelten Schlachtensystem, zu Beginn der Story und im Design der Aliens fallen gleich ins Auge, dennoch entpuppt sich das Spiel bei genauerem Hinsehen als lohnenswerte Investition. Einsteiger sollten sich auf eine steile Lernkurve einstellen, Veteranen werden sich hingegen gleich wie zu Hause fühlen. Gyper Melee, der schnelle, actionorientierte Flottenkrieg, steht sowohl im Einzel- als auch im Multiplayer-Modus zur Verfügung. Star Control 3 ist mehr als eine Summe seiner Teile und hinterläßt einen überdurchschnittlich guten Gesamteindruck.
70
DOSGamezilla
Star Control 3 was sort of a letdown for me, primarily in the adventure game portion. If you really work at it, the game can be won in 5 hours (forget any long nights and lost sleep), and it's really quite anti-climactic. After all, I didn't buy the game so I could play hyper-melee; I have Star Control 1 and 2 for that. I was hyped about the adventure game, which fell dramatically short of my expectations. The races were shallow and did not interact with each other very much, not to mention the flat storyline and dull ending. I guess it's my new $40 hyper-melee game. In the end, I must give Star Control 3 a 70 out of 100 for a short, flat adventure game with some redeeming graphics. I sure hope Accolade comes out with another Star Control game soon. I'm still a loyal fan with hopes of a more exciting, interesting installment to come.
62
DOSPC Joker
Für den dritten Teil der SF-Saga wurden Alienmasken gebastelt und vor dem Bluescreen gefilmt – bloß, um an Ende Videosequenzen zu haben, die auch nicht überzeugender wirken als die gezeichneten Porträts des Vorgängers. Ansonsten geht es wieder darum, in einem Mix aus Adventure, Strategie, Action und Wirtschaftssimulation das Universum zu retten. Absolute Highlights sind dabei einmal mehr die sarkastischen Dialoge mit den Außerirdischen (alte „Starflight“-Kapitäne werden sich gleich zu Hause fühlen), während die Steuerung manchmal etwas umständlich arbeitet.
60
MacintoshMac Addict
Star Control 3 has a multiplayer mode; it's limited to Hyper Melee. Fight friends on the same keyboard, or over a modem, serial, or network connection. Star Control 3, although dated, proves entertaining for fans of the series or gamesters who like interactive adventures without total strategic conquest. Sometimes less is more.
60
DOSGamesmania
Ein Name wie Star Control macht den Eindruck als ob es da riesige Raumschiffe, exotische außerirdische Wesen und mächtige galaktische Imperien geben würde, aber in Wirklichkeit ist Star Control ein altes Arcade-ähnliches Spiel mit zusätzlichen Spezialeffekten. Wenn Du schon mal so lange nicht mehr auf der Szene warst, dann ist die Rückkehr schon schwierig, und wenn Du dann wieder zurück auf die Bühne kommst, dann funktionieren die alten Tricks, die uns auch mal gefallen haben, eben nicht mehr.
40
MacintoshMacworld
The universe faces destruction from tears in the space-time continuum. You can save the universe by repairing the tears, but it's probably not worth the trouble. This science-fiction adventure lacks a modern game feel, with stale character interaction and clumsy fighting modes.
40
DOSPC Player (Germany)
Man sollte den potentiellen Spieler von Star Control 3 an den Stuhl fesseln, sonst rennt er weg: Mit Ausnahme der Gesprüche fährt Accolade schlichteste Grafik auf, um sein Nadel-im-Heuhaufen-Geschehen zu verkaufen. Die Online-Hilfe nach dem nächsten Ziel befragen, Artefakte finden, mit Volk X reden, Schiffe upgraden - das ist so ziemlich alles, was man machen kann.
33
DOSThe DOS Spirit
Likevel skal spillet ha litt skryt for å inneha en del svart humor til tider. DA jeg ikke vil ut med spoilere i denne omtalen, lar jeg dette være en inspirerende side av spillet som dere får avdekke selv.
30
MacintoshMac Ledge
Star Control 3 is an ambitious game by 1996 standards. MacSoft is to be praised for having the perseverance to port this game, and for doing a fine job with what was given. Unfortunately, I can't recommend Star Control 3 to anyone whose friendship I care about. Afraid I was being too harsh, I consulted several reviews done by PC publications in 1996. A few reviews heralded this final chapter in a groundbreaking saga, but most saw it as a disappointment, even considering its past successes. There are probably Mac gamers who are so bent on new adventure/strategy game experiences that they can overlook the difficult learning curve, glaring age, and mediocre story line to find an entertaining experience with Star Control 3. With so many other excellent offerings by MacSoft, Accolade, and others, I just don't see why anyone would want to.
20
MacintoshMac Game Gate
This game is totally pointless, a waste of money and just simply bad. Frankly, it sucks. There's no other way I could put it, it's the truth. If you want a space adventure, go for something that lasts more than 15 minutes, need I say that this don't?