Distant Star is an old-school 4x (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate) space game, similar to Master of Orion or Sword of the Stars. Build up your fleet and conquer the galaxy — will your empire be an economic powerhouse, a technological wonder, or a military superpower? Or all three?
Single Player | iOS | 4x Strategy | Three Playable Races | Randomised Maps | Challenging AI
“The game is very straight forward, and features a much improved UI and AI. The graphics are retro style pixels for the ships which reminds me of the ancient Sea Battle game for Intellivision. The game start up options are sparse with options to set Galaxy Size, Number of Races, and your Race. While the option to pick a race is present, the developers have yet to release the additional races. The only race “Humans” is described as having a variety of ships, tough cruisers, and cheap frigates, making them flexible. Additional races with other bonuses will be a great addition to the depth of this game!”
“It’s referred to in most circles as “4X,” which stands for “eXplore, eXpand, eXterminate and eXploit.” A lot of people may simply think of them as another part of the strategy genre, but 4X games are really more of a sub-genre. One full of inter-stellar shenanigans and lots and lots of trial-and-error. Distant Star attempts to shrink down the experience for iOS, taking out some of the intense micromanagement and streamlining the process for on-the-go commanders. And for the most part, it does a good job of it.”