Star Shipping Inc. HD Review
- Littered with amusing sci-fi references.
- Lots of random events to discover.
- Easy to get addicted with trading fever.
- Gameplay heavily skewed by luck; requires a lot of time investment.
- Menu based gaming can feel bland outside of encounters.
Star Shipping Inc. is a bold attempt to capture the essence of trading from space flight sims, but it's all too easy to watch your time and money end up in a giant black hole.
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It's always great to see a developer with a sense of humor, especially when it's focused on such a niche area like sci-fi fandom. Star Shipping Inc. focuses on the space-trading common to games like Privateer and Freelancer and shakes it up with a random element to speed things up and to add a challenge to ferrying goods across the universe.
The game is entirely menu driven and easy to navigate, with most major actions being available in the center of the screen and additional slides or menu options popping up around the center when they're required. After selecting a basic ship you have the choice of taking out a loan to supplement your meager starting wage. Upgrades purchased with separate 'chips' can give your vehicle an additional edge against those who would damage or otherwise pilfer your goods. If you're especially lucky you'll manage to discover a few additional fuel packs to extend the game you're currently playing, helping you to earn more chips to carry over to a new game.
Unfortunately it's this dependency on luck that makes Star Shipping Inc. a fairly unsatisfying game to play as you feel obligated to spend chips to increase your odds of survival and earning significant amounts of chips can only be done by surviving for as long as possible or making an in game cash purchase.
Star Shipping Inc. has the right idea in trying to distill one of the most addictive features of space flight sims, but feeling slighted by its gameplay cuts short the replay cycle of this title; it's still a playable game, but expect more than a few frustrating losses.