I was gonna give it a chance but the graphics are from the 90s....even the text is pixelated.
Locking up 1/5
By Woody 2069a
Game keeps locking up. Very frustrating.
Please support for iphone use 4/5
Please support for iphone use
Insanely Frustrating 1/5
This is perhaps the worst tactical game I have ever played. Movement and firing are just terrible. In a game about spaceship combat, you'd think the spaceship combat would be enjoyable. However, the awful UI and controls makes the combat impossible to enjoy, due to mistakenly shooting asteroids instead of your enemy. This game wouldn't be worth it if it were free. Spend your valuable time on something comparatively rewarding, like Farmville. At least Farmville doesn't make me want to gauge my eyes out.
Fun but bugs 5/5
Fun but the second or third game failed to reach a victory condition. Play for hours and then no missions to join, building everything, and reaching 80% population and nothing to do but shore leave. Save, exit reload does not fix problem.😕
Recalls fun Avalon Hills board games 4/5
Straightforward hex game with a decent AI. Great having a game without IA purchases required. Limits on number of units keep it simple. UI can be unfriendly if you are colorblind. 3 different shades of red lines on a black star map leave you guessing sometimes about your enemy. This is not a come back in 10 minutes for more gems kind of game. Plenty of save points so you can die but there is always a load game.
Why buy from 2k when they don't fix or refund for iPad Bioshock. Never again. It is a fraud!!!!
The only reason this game gets more than 1 star is that it could have potential if it were polished up.
As it is, the gameplay is broken. From blatent AI cheating to most of the depth of the game being ignorable. But the biggest kicker: you can win on the highest diffuculty during the first turn of the game, before the AI has a chance to even act.
This game was terribly rushed and it shows. It's good for 2 play throughs, one to learn how to play and a second to realize it's not worth playing.
Crash galore 1/5
And the game isn't that great either
I guess it's a step away from the norm with this.. that part shows 4/5
By Stratified suffice
Space torpedoes don't need to look like atmosphere use...
Welcome to the past 1/5
I played some of Sid's earliest games and enjoyed them. When was that? 1991? This game hasn't evolved much beyond those early games in terms of game play, design, or complexity. OK value at $2.00 but a rip off at $9.99.
EPICLY FUN 5/5
By Comer blade
I love this game soooo much because it was never made for the computer but rocks on the touch platform. It is incredibly fun for strategy and taking over galaxies or just sitting there like a peaceful superpowered Soviet Union.
Fun tip: It became soooo fun that when I fully upgraded everything(building wise not tech). I was buying stuff to get the tech done then the UNTHINKABLE HAPPENED!
I crashed the game because I became sooooo powerful and sooo OP as hell that I crashed it because I was near 100% done.
Thankfully it was saved but still super fun.
Tip: The crash was caused by me on purpose and not the game. LOL ROFL 😁😆😁😆😁😆😁😆😁
Why Sid, why? 1/5
I've played civilization since before the time computers were involved. Huge fan of most of them. Deep, interesting and fun. Loved "Pirates!" As well. This game is not replay able. I played 4 times all the way through. Now I "get" it and it doesn't need to be played again. There are few choices in customizing your ships and most of them just don't make tactical sense. Maybe the designers had a plan for real depth and it will come out in some big future update? I doubt it. Take off Sid's name and this is a $2 app like the hundreds released each year: forgettable. I paid $10, I genuinely hope the extra $8 went to Sid, he is a brilliant game designer, but this game is not....
Game saving is broken 2/5
Don't even bother to trying to save a game
When you return to load it, the game will sent you back earlier in time
Buggy, no challenge, no variety 1/5
Looking at the version history it appears thus game is stuck where it's at. Focus bugs require you to "alt tab" out of the game and back in to respond to input. The game itself is very easy to win, lacks any strategy and has no variety.
Good game 4/5
This is perhaps the best space strategy game for the iPad 2 but 2K should continue their support and fix these bugs. The game seems to crash every so often, actually a lot lately.
Weak, easy game, don't buy 1/5
Nobody should be able to be a Sid Meyers game on the impossible setting only their second time playing it. Ridiculously simple gameplay even though the 'spaceopedia' doesn't even work. The game makers should be embarrassed that this is on the App Store.
The pitch was nice but the gameplay tries to hard to mix strategy and combat. As a result the game fails to have a pace that makes sense and ends up being boring.
Buggy game 1/5
Game freezes on my iPad air2. It gets stuck in a feedback loop no matter if I reset or force close the app. Buyer beware.
Pretty good 4/5
Fun game it just lacks difference in ships and content. Over all it's a good game... For iOS that is
Blurry pixels, shallow game 1/5
Why is this expensive game so low resolution and blurry? Reminds me of the old pre-Retina iPad games. Hurts my eyes.
Also too buggy. Can't even scroll the spaceopedia... Not worth the money this was released too early.
Also very short, finished on hardest setting quickly.
Boring, weak strategy, not worth price 1/5
That about sums it up for me. Too simplistic in terms of strategy. Geographic location of systems has little to no effect on game outcome. Customization of ships is bogus, because they are all the same design and just increase in ratings as you 'upgrade'. You pay about 13$ extra for the Sid Meier name, I think.
Too expensive 2/5
There's not enough content or replay ability to justify the price tag on this game. It's a far cry from civilization or xcom.
Great game but needs better tutorial 4/5
Great game but needs a better tutorial, too much detail but not straight forward.
The game has potential, but sometimes freezes half way and there is no way to finish the game other load an early game.
Es el juego mas malo que e jugado
Fun, but it freezes all the time.
Good game but crashes 3/5
This game would be 5 stars but it crashes all the time. It is so frustrating. I have and iPad Air with the latest os and it still crashes. PLEASE FIX THIS GAME
Fun for a bit 2/5
Expected better replayability from Sid's game. Wears out quickly. The idea is great but the game is disapointing.
Not worth $10 2/5
I jumped at the chance to play a Sid Meyers game and I paid the $10. It is not worth it. If you want to play this wait until it goes on sale, it's really not worth the money until then.
Disappointing and way overpriced! 1/5
I'm really disappointed with this game, it's pretty basic and the dialogue gets very boring. I find myself just flipping through the boring dialog just so I can get to the next boring battle. It's like a bad version of Civilization Revolution in outer space. After XCom, I really expected more...Really disappointing. This should have been a $4.99 game.
Boring, repetitive, extremely overpriced, DON'T BUY! 1/5
I feel so ripped off...
It's an ok game, but nothing all that great. I played it a few times and lost interest. Definitely not worth the price tag.
Great game! 4/5
It can be improved, but this is one of the iPad games as is. A few improvements will make this a great game. Clean up the combat interface and easier to find info on your planets. An overview map showing your location in the universe would be nice.
Not Nearly Worth the Cost 2/5
UPDATE: DO NOT BUY
The latest version DID NOT fix victory parameters. I like the game... But I regret buying it before the bugs were worked out.
FIRST REVIEW: I loved civilization!! I see where the game was going but failed.
- Victory parameters are screwy
- Game LAGS (I have an 2nd Gen iPad Air )
- Repetition, repetition, repetition..... Did I mention it's the same thing over and over?
The price will buy you the exact same experience for every game... Unless you hit a different bug each time.
Long story short, buy this ONLY IF you don't mind wasting money.
Love the game: Hate the lag. 1/5
Starships is an amazing game, truly.
But the lag is unbearable, there really needs to be more stress on the fact that it runs like crap on older iPads. The jittering and freezing can really slow gameplay to a stopping point and down right disappoint me. Do not buy unless you either want a slow, lag filled experience or have one of the newer iPads.
Great game but is missing a bit of polish 3/5
Great strategy game and is fun to play for maybe 15 min. Then it gets old real fast and not worth the price tag. Maybe $5
Should have been better or cost less 2/5
I bought this $14.99 game because sid Meyer has a good reputation for making great games. Unfortunately this is not one of them.
This is a $3.99 game selling for $14.99.
While I like the game the graphics are poor. A major upgrade or a refund is in order.
Pricey apps and I aren't well-acquainted. But when Starships came up, since it had Sid Meier's name on it, I decided to give it a shot. After all, XCOM turned out good, and 2K was behind Starships, so that's a win. Having played it to both victory and defeat, I have to say...I really expected more. So what is it? It's a lite version of Civilization set on multiple planets instead of cities. Each planet has a benefit, and you can set research priorities and other basic civilization-guiding tools. Overall, the "Civ" aspect is painfully thin; this is more of a strategy/tactical game rather than a nationbuilder. You get to assemble one fleet (yep, one) of ships, upgraded as you see fit, to sling around the galaxy, conquering and defending. This part is a little tricky; with only one fleet, you can't station picket lines or do anything clever like leaving a rearguard. It's all or nothing. Once you've moved a fleet into an engagement, the game goes tactical and you maneuver and angle your ships, fire weapons, deploy fighters, and, in short, command some pretty inventive and entertaining tactical turn-based space battles. The downsides, though, are threefold. One, the civ-aspect of the game is barely there. Diplomacy doesn't really do anything, and there's little to excite an empire-builder gamer. (Veteran civvers, forget it all. There's no customizing planets. You can't even rename them.) Two, the 3D graphics, while impressive, caused a fairly new iPad to start stuttering its animations. And three, there's no story. Zilch. Realistically, this plays more like a popular fanbuilt scenario from Civ 4 rather than a new game on its own. It's good, don't get me wrong. I just expected more. A solid B+/A-.
Not up to sid Meier name 2/5
Really doesn't pull you in. Way over priced.
Early Release? Okay... Still fun! 4/5
By Brandon. A.
I think this game is well conceived and implemented, except for the few bugs others have mentioned (and one I found by accident).
Hopefully they're just working out the kinks and will publish an update once they decide that the bug fixes don't make new bugs...
Would be well worth the money if the "Victories" settings feature worked as one would expect. Also kinda weird that it doesn't track your scores locally, but I would be happy if I could just play using the Domination setting.
Keeps crashing 2/5
I liked the game before the last update. Now all it does is crash when I need to fire a torpedo.
Wasted opportunity 1/5
When I first looked at this game I thought of sword of the stars, as far as ship customizing. Sadly there is no variety to shipbuilding, you just upgrade the same stuff over and over till you wind up with a fast battleship, fun the first time around, gets really dull every other time.
My other issue is that you can choose different types of victories in the settings but when I set domination, the AI still ends up winning through the other victory conditions even though they weren't selected. Lots of time wasted.
I'm upset and full of regret, if I can dissuade at least one person from buying this game that will be of some comfort.
Link to Beyond Earth Frustrating 2/5
The link to Civ Beyond Earth seems trudging on the surface, but in reality is so frustrating it spoils the experience. It took me a while to figure out how to even log in to (click the 2K icon). Numerous times now, I have logged in and received the message "You have successfully logged in." After clicking OK, that is followed immediately by the message "my2K Connection Issue - You are not logged in" in the lower left corner. I got it to work once - the icon turns green and a new menu option is added - but it has failed more than 30 times now. Going to the my2K website doesn't help either - there are no postings about this on the support page. Neither does clicking the App Support button in the App Store - nothing happens. Very frustrating!
Boring, repetative, overpriced 1/5
This game is simply the same battle repeated countless times. You can't even beat the AI on the hardest difficulty. You can't control what victory conditions they use, so they just merge together to win wonder victories, and there is literally no way to stop them. This game isn't worth $5, certainly not $15. Massive changes need to be made.
To little a game, to big a price tag 2/5
I really do like the game play of this, but for $15 it is way to over priced. This game is way to basic for that price, maybe $5 max. At least add a campaign for what we paid. No one should have to spend $15 to play the same arcade over and over. And you can play from easy through epic in like an hour. Simply not enough game.
its ok 2/5
they could made this game better it gets boring quick! i kinda regret buying this
New update killed my domination mode! 3/5
By AUTOBOT ORCA
It's a straight forward easy to play starship strategy game. Lots of potential. If you like civ rev and spaceships you will like this game. However my last 3 games of domination mode have resulted in AI wins for most wonders thanks to the new update I can no longer conquer the Galaxy:(
Cannot set victory criteria 2/5
By bright anvil
I have played the games several time on customized victory criteria (domination) but it fails to work. The game always ends on achieving any of the game criteria. It was as if the victory criteria is always set to "All" regardless of what you choose.