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Sword of the Stars is a 4X strategy game, set in space. There are 4 races: Humans, Liir (dolphins), Tarkas ( dragons) and Hivers (Insects) . Each race has a unique style of playing and exploring the galaxy which is 3-D.

The Humans use jump engines to travel through subspace at 4 ly/turn, but they must use fixed node points in space and must be able to jump with the energy provided by the power core,no refuel allowed in 5-D.

The Hivers travel very slow at slower than lights speeds, but once arrived, they are able to set up jump gates, traveling instantaneously to any other gate world.

The Tarkas have a common Star Trek hyper drive, enabling them to explore in a free way the galaxy.

The Liir are able to cover great distances, as their ships use infinite-small teleportation,but slow down at half speed near planets and black holes.

Once you encounter a space hazard (meteors, slavers, asteroid monitors, derelicts or space swarms) or enemy ships, a battle occurs in real time and you may see even the crew working inside your cruisers, as all damage is graphical: no health bars.


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Sword of the Stars Windows Space, fleet and destination point near star. Classic space 4X-game.
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Alternate Titles

  • "Sword of the Stars: Повелители звезд" -- Russian spelling

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Wonderful Idea Hindered by Execution Professor (95) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars
The best 4X game since Master of Orion 2 lucian (37) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars

Critic Reviews

GameZone Sep 07, 2006 7.6 out of 10 76
Gameplay (Benelux) Sep, 2006 76 out of 100 76
games xtreme Sep 12, 2006 7.5 out of 10 75 Mar 09, 2007 71 out of 100 71
Yahoo! Games Sep 01, 2006 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Worth Playing Dec 05, 2006 6.9 out of 10 69
GamePro (US) Aug 24, 2006 2.75 out of 5 55 Sep 28, 2006 51 out of 100 51
1UP Sep 11, 2006 4 out of 10 40
InsightBits May 14, 2009 2 out of 5 40


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lucian (37) added Sword of the Stars (Windows) on Sep 16, 2006