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Stars! (Windows 3.x)

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Description

Stars! is a multiplayer, strategic romp through the universe. Your goal? To take over said universe (or any of several other victory goals. Universal domination is just the most fun.).

This game has a lot of complexity, but a simple interface. It runs in a window, and everything you need to know about your budding empire (or thriving war machine!) can be accessed by menu or shortcut keys.

Universes are randomly created in one of four sizes. You can add up to 15 (!) other players, both AI or human. Then you can set this up as play-by -email.

Screenshots

Stars! Windows 3.x Research - 6 areas to research
Stars! Windows 3.x The Mystery Trader - Trade with him and get technology, ships, and more (see bottom left message box)
Stars! Windows 3.x Jihad Missile - A deadly ship or starbase weapon
Stars! Windows 3.x Gatling Gun - A very useful gun for taking out mine fields as well as ships

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User Reviews

Mathematical Genius E H (7) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars

The Press Says

PC Gamer Apr, 1997 88 out of 100 88
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Apr, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Mar, 1997 79 out of 100 79
Electric Playground Apr 22, 1996 7.5 out of 10 75
GameSpot Feb 04, 1997 7.3 out of 10 73
PC Games (Germany) Mar, 1997 71 out of 100 71
Cyber Stratege Jun, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Reset May, 1997 6 out of 10 60
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) May 04, 1997 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
PC Player (Germany) Apr, 1997 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

A sequel, named Stars! Supernova Genesis, was planned, created and developed well into the beta stages. It featured rather more impressive graphics, a slick new interface and very cool 3-D battle scenes. The creators of the original Stars! in fact built a whole company with which to develop the game, but sadly never found a publisher. As a result, Stars! Supernova Genesis may never see the light of day.
Narf! (126) added Stars! (Windows 3.x) on Jul 21, 2000