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Since the events in Star Control 2 the Ur-Quan have been pacified and the captain who bravely destroyed the Sa-Matra has had a horrible vision of the future. Suddenly without warning, all Hyperspace travel in the universe has stopped. Top scientists have pinpointed the cause of this disturbance somewhere in unexplored space in an area known as the Kessari Quadrant. Hastily assembling a fleet of ships as and an untested Precusor star drive... a loose alliance of alien races known as The League of Sentient Races sends a task force to the Kessari Quadrant. You are its commander.

Star Control 3 features a new 3D star map, new alien races to discover, new worlds to explore and colonize, new artifacts to research and a new isometric Hyper Melee battle system for inter-starship battles.


Star Control 3 DOS Hey, it's the ship from the Box Cover of SC2! Wait a minute... that's suppose to be the Sa-Matra?
Star Control 3 DOS The Orz want to *squeeze* your *juice*, so we must *dance*
Star Control 3 DOS Hierarchy and Alliance forces join to form the League of Sentient Races to save the galaxy (or die screaming in the process)
Star Control 3 DOS The new Spathi look somehow Sesame Street-ish

Promo Images

Star Control 3 Screenshot
Star Control 3 Screenshot
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Alternate Titles

  • "Star Control: The Kessari Quadrant" -- Stardock reissue on
  • "Star Control: Kessari Quadrant" -- Stardock reissue on Steam

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User Reviews

Much better than everyone wants to make you believe vulture (17) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
A half-decent game that tends to be more tedious that entertaining. Kevin Olson (8) unrated
An exceprt from the SC3 staff meeting... Vance (101) unrated
Enraging on every level APFelon (21) 0.6 Stars0.6 Stars0.6 Stars0.6 Stars0.6 Stars
Cut SC3 some slack! Vaelor (381) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Horrible. Simply is. Tomer Gabel (4643) 2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars
A good game of diplomacy lucian (40) 2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars
Simply terrible. WizardX (117) unrated
Great adventure, fascinating story - poor strategy part Wimp (81) 2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars
Not a bad game, if you judge it on it's own merits. Marrsy (58) unrated

Critic Reviews

Coming Soon Magazine Oct, 1996 91 out of 100 91
PC Games Dec, 1996 A- 91
RPGFan Sep 17, 2000 86 out of 100 86
Privat Computer PC 1996 82 out of 100 82
Power Play Nov, 1996 81 out of 100 81
Gamezilla 1996 70 out of 100 70
PC Joker Dec, 1996 62 out of 100 62 1996 60 out of 100 60
Reset Oct, 1997 5 out of 10 50
PC Player (Germany) Dec, 1996 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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1001 Video Games

Star Control 3 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


A novel titled Star Control: Interbellum was published by Prima and written by author W. T. Quick. The book supposedly contains story and events that takes place between Star Control 2 and Star Control 3... however the popular opinion is that the author has never played or was ever given the plot to either game. Also the player character of both games is given a name for the novel, "Commander Omega".

Screenshot capturing technique

This game will dump a screenshot to a .PCX file if you hit PRTSC during gameplay.

Star Control III

Fred Ford and Paul Reiche III owned the character rights to the various alien races, Accolade owned the Star Control copyright. When the original creators declined to make the new sequel, Accolade gave them an ultimatum; sell the character rights or part three would be made with entirely new characters, no continuity involved whatsoever. The creators decided to make some final money off of their creations. A side note to this is that none of the original artists involved with Star Control II were even approached to work on Star Control III.

Information also contributed by Aaron Grier, Vance, and WildKard

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Trixter (9110) added Star Control 3 (DOS) on May 21, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Picard (44974) and Terok Nor (30701)