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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 Combat (Isometric view)
Star Control 3 DOS And the notoriously weak ending (Yes folks, this 5 second movie is all there is)
Star Control 3 DOS The Humans
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)

Promo Images

Star Control 3 Screenshot
Star Control 3 Screenshot
Star Control 3 Screenshot
Star Control 3 Screenshot

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 DOS vulture (17)
A half-decent game that tends to be more tedious that entertaining. DOS Kevin Olson (8)
An exceprt from the SC3 staff meeting... DOS Vance (101)
Enraging on every level DOS APFelon (21)
Cut SC3 some slack! DOS Vaelor (381)
Horrible. Simply is. DOS Tomer Gabel (4634)
A good game of diplomacy DOS lucian (40)
Simply terrible. DOS WizardX (117)
Great adventure, fascinating story - poor strategy part DOS Wimp (81)
Not a bad game, if you judge it on it's own merits. DOS Marrsy (58)

Critic Reviews

PC Player (Denmark) DOS 1997 91 out of 100 91
RPGFan DOS Sep 17, 2000 86 out of 100 86
Game Revolution DOS Jun 05, 2004 B+ 83
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Feb 01, 1997 83 out of 100 83
World Village (Gamer's Zone) DOS 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Mac Addict Macintosh Aug, 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60 DOS 1996 60 out of 100 60
PC Player (Germany) DOS Dec, 1996 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
The Retro Spirit DOS Dec 21, 2007 2 out of 6 33
Mac Ledge Macintosh Nov 28, 1998 1.5 out of 5 30


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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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