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Endless Space is a turn-based strategy game based on the 4X concept set in space. Players select one of the eight available factions to dominate space through economic or scientific advances, military interventions or diplomacy. Instead of scenarios the game offers a sandbox approach where the parameters and victory conditions can be defined for each match. The characteristics of each faction can also be altered to suit a specific playing style.

From the starting position the player can colonize star systems with different planets. Based on the population's approval taxes can be imposed but they mainly serve as a means to gather the four resources: food, industry, science and dust, of which the latter is the main currency in the game. A fleet can be assembled by building custom ships where each element, both offensive and defensive, can be defined. Space battles are not played out as in a real-time strategy game. Instead, general orders can be issued along with small interventions, even though they are presented in 3D with a cinematic camera angle. Different heroes can be hired to improve morale and guide the fleet. The game contains an extensive tech tree with a plethora of advances based around four domains: Exploration and Expansion, Applied Sciences, Diplomacy and Trade, and Galactic Warfare. Further game elements include rogue pirates and random planet anomalies.

Online multiplayer is available for up to eight players. The host can define the parameters and it is also possible to impose a time limit per turn. The game includes the GAMES2GETHER initiative where players can participate in the development process and vote on future objectives, art, design and expansions.

This retail release requires a Steam account to activate it, download content and play the game. It is not clear if this retail release also provides access to the additional content of Endless Space (Admiral Edition), which was initially the default digital download release. If that is the case, the two releases are identical and should be considered a single game entry.

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Endless Space Windows Looking up information before acquiring a new hero.
Endless Space Windows General overview of the empire
Endless Space Windows The diplomatic status is presented in a clear way.
Endless Space Windows Setting up a new game.

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Absolute Games (AG.ru) Jul 17, 2012 90 out of 100 90
Factornews Jul 17, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Gry OnLine Jul 14, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Canadian Online Gamers Network Jul 11, 2012 85 out of 100 85
Jeuxvideo.com Jul 10, 2012 16 out of 20 80
Game Informer Magazine Jul 17, 2012 7.25 out of 10 72
GamesRadar Jul 19, 2012 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Darkstation Aug 07, 2012 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Splitkick Sep 03, 2012 6 out of 10 60
Games.cz Aug 02, 2012 6 out of 10 60

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  • GameStar (Germany) / GamePro (Germany)
    • 2012 - #4 Best Strategy Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)

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Sciere (430522) added Endless Space (Windows) on Jul 09, 2012
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