Startopia (Windows)

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Startopia 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.


Startopia Windows The Scuzzer Droid, you'll be relying on these chaps for construction, repairing and more.
Startopia Windows Everyone likes the lavatories.
Startopia Windows An empty bay
Startopia Windows This Jabba looking character has been hanging around the dormant scuzzers for too long.

Alternate Titles

  • "ζ˜Ÿι™…δΉεœŸ" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Startopia: Space City" -- French title
  • "Spacestation" -- Working title

User Reviews

Highly addictive, if not as original as some claim. Ola Sverre Bauge (235) 4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars4.43 Stars
A rare gem. El-ad Amir (110) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars
An excellent game... with ONE fatal flaw! Dr.Bedlam (53) unrated

Critic Reviews

Gaming Age Sep 24, 2001 A 100
Game Informer Magazine Aug, 2001 9.25 out of 10 92
Gamer's Pulse Aug 16, 2001 91 out of 100 91
Gameguru Mania Jul 10, 2001 90 out of 100 90 (UK) Jul 05, 2001 9 out of 10 90
GameZone Jul 18, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85
Gameplanet Oct 14, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
ActionTrip Jul 06, 2001 80 out of 100 80
Super Play (Sweden) Aug, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Aug 13, 2001 7.6 out of 10 76


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The 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 egg

If 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 reference

Slight 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.


The 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.


According to the developers, the title scraped together a disappointing amount of 110,000 units sold.

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Drew Dorton (61) added Startopia (Windows) on Jun 04, 2001