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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 space-stations. You must compete against several other enterprises, using economic and military means to expand your power.

The toroidal space stations are divided into three decks, each split into several sections with bulkheads. The droids construct buildings, deliver cargo, make repairs and can open sealed bulkheads. The first deck houses the basic building to maintain the station like a port for the alien visitors, a recharger for your working droids and an Energy collector that powers the different facilities. Energy also serves as currency. The inner Pleasure deck is home to shops, bars, discos and other entertainment. An outer deck called the Bio deck can be used to grow plants and trees and is used by the visiting aliens as a recreational deck.

Nine different alien races, each with their own abilities and preferences, can visit your station. Aliens can be hired to work for you in your facilities or as security. The game modes offered are missions, sandbox and multiplayer.

Screenshots

Startopia Windows Scuzzers get to work.
Startopia Windows New guests arrive via the elevator.
Startopia Windows The task at hand, narrated by your impossibly cynical AI adviser VAL.
Startopia Windows The entertainment deck

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 (109) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars
An excellent game... with ONE fatal flaw! Dr.Bedlam (53) unrated

Critic Reviews

Gamer's Pulse Aug 16, 2001 91 out of 100 91
PC Zone Benelux Aug, 2001 90 out of 100 90
All Game Guide 2001 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Gameplay (Benelux) Sep, 2001 87 out of 100 87
Krawall Gaming Network Jun 14, 2001 85 out of 100 85
GameZone Jul 18, 2001 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Informer Magazine Aug, 2001 8.25 out of 10 82
Gameplanet Oct 14, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamekult Jun 22, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Aug 13, 2001 7.6 out of 10 76

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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