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The Space Empires series of exploration-based strategy games made it to a fourth title. The goal is the same of games like Master of Orion and the predecessors, you must survive and maybe conquer the rest of the galaxy. You must build facilities, ships on planets with differing resource potential. Once settled, you can discover technologies, and must watch out for enemy empires and pay attention to diplomacy, economics and resources. Ministers take care of micro-management tasks. The game is highly customizable, with attributes for most characters editable through text files, and a wide range of victory conditions available.


Space Empires IV Windows Diplomacy and spying are done in the Empires menu.
Space Empires IV Windows Tactical combat screen.  Three missiles are homing in on an enemy ship.
Space Empires IV Windows You can manage all construction queues at once, which is convenient once you have a large number of colonies.
Space Empires IV Windows You can customize battle strategies and have the computer fight for you.

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Alternate Titles

  • "太空帝国IV" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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The way 4x games were meant to be played D Michael (232) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
A great work of art. Technocrat (201) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
Ruinously Bad AI Nathan Pannbacker (58) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars
XXXXtremely good! Hugh McKenna (5) unrated

Critic Reviews

IGN Jan 17, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Strategy Gaming Online Jan 02, 2001 8.7 out of 10 87
Absolute Games ( Nov 19, 2000 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot Nov 28, 2000 8.1 out of 10 81
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Watcher Aug 12, 2003 7.7 out of 10 77
Games Finder Mar 24, 2014 7.5 out of 10 75
ActionTrip Dec 25, 2000 70 out of 100 70
Gry OnLine Oct 08, 2001 6 out of 10 60
PC Player (Germany) Jan, 2001 47 out of 100 47


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Aaron Hall, the Space Empires series designer, points Starfire as one of his main sources of inspiration. Starfire is a board game that features ship combat at tactical level; it has also a set of rules in which you manage an empire, in a way similar to 4X games.

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Related Web Sites

  • Official Site (Official SE IV (and Gold edition) site of developers Malfador Machinations.)
emanjonez (73) added Space Empires IV (Windows) on Apr 16, 2001