DescriptionStartopia is a real-time strategy/city management game. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, it is your job to rebuild the once-thriving network of starships and space-stations. You must compete against several other enterprises, using economic and military means to expand your power and restore life to the war-torn planets of the galaxy.
- "星际乐土" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
- "Startopia: Space City" -- French title
- "Spacestation" -- Working title
|Highly addictive, if not as original as some claim.||Ola Sverre Bauge (235)|
|A rare gem.||El-ad Amir (110)|
|An excellent game... with ONE fatal flaw!||Dr.Bedlam (53)||unrated|
|PC Gamer Brasil||Mar, 2001||93 out of 100||93|
|Game Informer Magazine||Aug, 2001||9.25 out of 10||92|
|Gameguru Mania||Jul 10, 2001||90 out of 100||90|
|All Game Guide||2001||90|
|Gameplay (Benelux)||Sep, 2001||87 out of 100||87|
|PC Games (Germany)||May, 2001||86 out of 100||86|
|GameStar (Germany)||Jun, 2001||83 out of 100||83|
|ActionTrip||Jul 06, 2001||80 out of 100||80|
|Computer and Video Games (CVG)||Aug 13, 2001||7.6 out of 10||76|
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DevelopmentThe game originally attracted the interest of publisher Psygnosis, but the team settled with Eidos based on their chemistry with that company.
Mucky Foot was founded by ex-Bullfrog members, so it's not too surprising to find a lot of Startopia's features borrowed from another Bullfrog game, namely Dungeon Keeper 2.
Easter eggIf you zoom up on the Workstations in the Laboratory, you can occasionally see the "Blue Screen of Death". The Turraken scientist will shake with anger and bash his fist against the screen, getting the Workstation back on track.
Movie referenceSlight spoiler: the speech given to the player during the end scene may sound familiar. It is based on the speech Darth Vader gives Luke Skywalker after their battle on Bespin in the Star Wars movie.
PatchThe English voice acting of the in-game AI adviser VAL, which was voiced by William Franklin, was considered so good that shortly after the German release a "patch" was made by fans, which replaced all the German voice acting with the English one. The file is about 300MB, which was quite a large amount back in 2001.
SalesAccording to the developers, the title scraped together a disappointing amount of 110,000 units sold.
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