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Startopia

1 month ago

Feature: In space, no one can hear me dream

Spacebase Startopia preview: fans of the original will enjoy this space race

I played a lot of Startopia growing up. If you are unfamiliar, it was a weird management game where you were in charge of running a port on a big, donut-shaped space station. Last year Spacebase Startopia was announced, a sort of remake-slash-sequel to Startopia made by a different studio, and this weekend it went into a closed beta. So what else could I do,…

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11 months 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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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 the…

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7 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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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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10 years ago

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 about…

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12 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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