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Startopia (Windows)

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3.9
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Advertising Blurbs

Atari Australia Press Quotes - Windows:
    “The game continues to impress us with its quirky complexity -- all the humor of Theme Park, with all of the depth of a miniature Civilization…”

    “Startopia continues to shine, and we continue to look forward to our next big sim fix.” IGN online

    “Graphically Mucky Foot is stepping up the sim genre because this thing looks great. “

    “Seeing your aliens dancing in the recreation deck's disco club is pretty hilarious. “ Daily Radar

    Contributed by Xoleras (66241) on May 21, 2004.

Atari Australia website - Windows:
    DESCRIPTION:
    Startopia gives you the opportunity to rebuild and successfully maintain a series of giant Torus (donuts) space stations that are scattered across the galaxy, providing a suitable home for the many alien races that inhabit space, and perhaps turning a tidy profit for yourself in the process. Of course, there are plenty of other enterprising individuals out there with the same goals, not to mention the many hazards that exist in deep space. Often stations are being developed by a number of different life forms and organizations, and it will only be a matter of time before you need to confront your opponents. Will you use economic or military means to force out your opponents? You decide…

    GAME FEATURES:
  • Nine primary character races, each with a unique look and function. Each inhabitant is an individual character, with unique moods, desires and personal history and humorous character animations
  • • Fully functioning alien society, with racial animosity and friendships, crime and punishment, leisure and entertainment, and functioning economy
  • Unique ‘Torus’ play area gives a viewpoint never before seen in a game
  • 16 habitable subsections spanning three decks in each space station
  • • Bio-deck with editable landscape and manageable ecosystem allowing complete control of terra-forming
  • Multiplayer support for up to three other stationmasters
  • Varied levels of play, from simple sandbox to detailed station micro-management

    Contributed by Xoleras (66241) on May 21, 2004.

Inside Flaps (U.S./Canada):
    StarTopia: Building A Better Future

    In the aftermath of an intergalatic war between powerful alien races, a once thriving network of starships, space stations and planets are left lifeless, scars of the apocalypse. As stationmaster, your mission is to rebuild the abandoned space stations, reunite the surviving alien races, and restore the old empire.

    Populated by diverse and often volatile alien species, each space station is alive with crime, commerce, leisure pursuits, racial animosity and friendships. With this in mind, reconstruct and operate your station by managing the diverse skills inherent to each of the various resident aliens, and protect your personnel against threats such as meteor showers, alien vermin infestations, space pirates and nasty plague outbreaks.

    Naturally, others are conspiring against you to take control of your space station. It will only be a matter of time before you need to confront your opponents. Will you overcome them with economic strength or military power?

    The Future Of StarTopia Is In Your Hands.

    Race: Kasvagorian
    Personality: Proud, noble warriors who thrive on conflict.
    Strength: Security operatives.
    Weakness: Prone to start fights just for the fun of it.

    Race: Karmarama
    Personality: Laid-back, passive environmentalists.
    Strength: Plant and animal maintenance.
    Weakness: Spread annoying, bad karma when displeased.

    Race: Dahense Siren
    Personality: Peaceful, loving beings.
    Strength: Keep inhabitants content through love and pleasure.
    Weakness: Will seduce and distract staff, decreasing productivity.

    Race: Zedem Monk
    Personality: Highly religious.
    Strength: Provide spiritual guidance.
    Weakness: Will try to convert all of your staff into religious fanatics.

    Race: Grey
    Personality: Modest, non-threatening explorers.
    Strength: Extensive medical knowledge and finely tuned surgical skills.
    Weakness: Overexposure to infectious patients.

    Race: Turakken
    Personality: Intelligent and inventive.
    Strength: Research and engineering.
    Weakness: Tendency to meddle with perfectly good systems.

    Race: Groulien Salt Hog
    Personality: Hard working and loyal.
    Strength: Will happily perform mundane tasks for little pay.
    Weakness: If mistreated or underworked, may strike.

    Race: Thyorian Grekka-Targ
    Personality: Easy-going.
    Strength: Data and communication specialists.
    Weakness: If bored, will use computer skills to spy on residents.

    Race: Polvakian Gem Slug
    Personality: Self-indulgent aristocrats.
    Strength: If kept happy, will excrete an energy source.
    Weakness: Hard to please.

    Contributed by JPaterson (9147) on Feb 16, 2002.

Back of Box:

    BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE.



    Imagine a place where starships, space stations, and planets have been fully restored. Imagine alien races hand in hand under one united banner. And imagine leading an entire civilzation back to the glorious days of the old empire. Welcome to Startopia. Welcome to our future.

    > Rebuild and maintain space stations while developing fully functional alien societies

    > Compete against up to three other players in the ultimate struggle for control of the station

    > Create a utopian home for nine alien races, each with their own special skills and unique personalities

    > Stop deadly diseases, reform dangerous convicts, combat alien threats, entertain guests, expand energy resources and more

    Contributed by JPaterson (9147) on Aug 02, 2001.