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Endless Space (Windows)

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Description

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.

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Endless Space Windows Main game view
Endless Space Windows Overview of the available factions
Endless Space Windows Setting up a new game.
Endless Space Windows Planetary view

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The Press Says

Hooked Gamers Jul 04, 2012 9.3 out of 10 93
Level Aug 21, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Canadian Online Gamers Network Jul 11, 2012 85 out of 100 85
Gamer.no Aug 07, 2012 8 out of 10 80
The Escapist Jul 17, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot Jul 10, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Common Sense Media 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
ComputerGames.ro Aug 22, 2012 79 out of 100 79
Darkstation Aug 07, 2012 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Game industry News (GiN) Sep 05, 2012 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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Awards

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

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Sciere (253393) added Endless Space (Windows) on Jul 09, 2012