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Startopia (Windows)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Startopia Windows Running a rehabilitation centre for criminals from all over the galaxy has its perils.
Startopia Windows The entertainment deck
Startopia Windows Sick bay
Startopia Windows The BioDeck

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

The Press Says

GameGenie 2001 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
games xtreme Jul 12, 2001 9.5 out of 10 95
All Game Guide 2001 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameZone Jul 18, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85
Peliplaneetta.net Jul 25, 2001 82 out of 100 82
Game Informer Magazine Aug, 2001 8.25 out of 10 82
Gamesmania Jul 15, 2001 81 out of 100 81
Gameplanet Oct 14, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Aug 13, 2001 7.6 out of 10 76
ESC Magazine Aug 30, 2001 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

Development

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.

Patch

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.

Sales

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