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Startopia

1 month ago

Feature: Anticipation station

Five things I want from Starbase Startopia

During the opening of Gamescom in Cologne, we found out we’ll be getting a remake (or ‘spiritual successor’) to 2001’s management landmark Startopia. Named Spacebase Startopia, to underline the fact that the game is about bases in space, it looks… well, it’s got potential? No, it’s not made by the people who made the original, but that’s not necessarily an obstacle. And sure, the trailer…

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Spacebase Startopia resurrects the silly space station sim in 2020

Silly space station management sim Startopia will return next year with Spacebase Startopia, publishers Kalypso announced today. They call it "an all-new take on the 2001 cult classic" and hey, it was a cult classic. Our former Alec (RPS in peace) returned in 2013 to declare ye olde Startopia "exudes at least some of the timeless quality to be found in relative contemporaries such as…

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3 months ago

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The 20 best management games on PC

A lot of genres have had a resurgence over the past five years, but none more successfully than management games. There are now more ways to direct trains, lay conveyor belts, coral visitors and profit, profit, profit than you could play in a lifetime. The question is: which of these famous timesinks is worth your time, and which of the whipsmart new hires can compete…

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7 months ago

Square Enix slash Steam prices for the weekend

It's the weekend, or at least after work-hours for most on a Friday, so might as well pick up something to demolish your free time. Square Enix are running a rather nice sale on Steam for the weekend, cutting 50% off the price on most of their bigger games, and slapping deeper discounts on a lot of more obscure stuff, including their old Eidos catalogue.…

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12 months ago

EU Culture Agency to co-fund thirty games including Trine 4 and Spacebase Startopia

Trine 4, Earthlock 2 and the tantalizingly titled Spacebase Startopia are among a list of thirty games being co-funded by the EU Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). While I'm not familiar with too many of the studios, and the titles for most of these games mean very little, it's good to see Frozenbyte planning on continuing their visually delicious Trine series. Among the…

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2 years ago

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The best space games on PC

Space games have experienced a rebirth over the past few years, particularly space sims, but as many in the comments pointed out, you don't need to be sitting in a cockpit to enjoy the stars. This updated list broadens our search for the best space games on PC, throwing strategy games, roguelikes and at least one RPG into the mix. Read on to see what…

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4 years ago

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Have you played… Startopia?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. The Last Great Management Game, at least of their first generation. (I’m not counting Dwarf Fortress, because Dwarf Fortress is so much more than that). A team partially composed of ex-Bullfrog guys was inevitably behind it, because that long-lost studio was very much…

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6 years ago

Feature: XCOM: Let's All Be Friends edition

Retro: Startopia

'Twas an odd coincidence that Startopia and Double Fine's Spacebase DF-9 alpha arrived on Steam so hot on each other's heels. The current paucity of activities in the latter would have had me hankering for the former even if a digital postman were not able to immediately deliver it to my hard drive - it's one of few games I still have a hard copy…

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It Is The Future, The Year 2001: An HD Startopia Gallery

Hello, faithful word-consumer. Would you care to also consume images this day? I have been replaying post-Bullfrog outfit Mucky Foot's wonderful 2001 management game Startopia, which recently saw a re-release on Steam (as well as having been on GoG for some time prior to that). It took a bit of fiddling, but I managed to get it running at 2560x1440 with a ton of anti-aliasing…

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7 years ago

The Stars My Destination: GOG Recruits Startopia

Startopia is the best management game you've never played. No, I'm not talking to you, I'm talking to that other person, the one who didn't play it. And especially to that other guy who never even heard of it. One of just three games created by taken-before-their-time Bullfrog offshot and Urban Chaos dev Mucky Foot, it took the Dungeon Keeper/Theme Park model to the stars,…

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9 years ago

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The Very Important List Of PC Games, Part 3/5

Our assembly of the definitive list of the most important PC games of the last 150 years continues! On Monday Dr Rossignol talked us through his first instalment, with an eye for first-personly shoot-games. Yesterday saw a guest lecture from Professor John Walker detailing another fifth of our unambiguous inventory. What classics will we cover today? Ah! We must remember our manners. First, let us…

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Quinnswatch: Startopia Retrospective

Do you miss Quinns? We miss Quinns. His gangly form is still making his way around the world with only a backpack and a delightful girlfriend to keep him safe. He may be gone, but is clearly not forgotten by Eurogamer, who've published a retrospective of Mucky Foot's finest hour, Startopia. He says things like... It was Babylon 5 run by the Muppets, which is…

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11 years ago

Starlight Express: Startopia Graphics Spangliness

A random law of blogging. Things lead to other things. In this case, my piece on Mucky Foot lead to Try.Lee in the Escapist's comments thread pointing out Ex-Foot-programmer Tom Forsyth released a highly unofficial graphics patch for Startopia, illustrating some Shadowbuffer jiggerypokery we don't quite understand. He suggests it runs too slow to play, but that was a few years ago, so hopefully the…

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