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Startopia

1 month ago

Feature: Mayors, tycoons, farmers, wardens, despots and demons

The 20 best management games on PC

Base-building is de rigueur these days, what with all those survival games, Minecraft, Fallout 4 and now Fortnite, but before all that we had tiny top-down or isometric worlds in which we diligently built cities and dungeons and theme parks and rail networks. The central appeal of management games was and is that they give us an idealised sense of what it is like to…

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7 months ago

Feature: Be pilots, pirates and space truckers

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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2 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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5 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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6 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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8 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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10 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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