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.
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Top 10 Strategy and puzzle game for iPad in many countries!
Also Top 100 iPhone and iPad Strategy and puzzle game.
New HD Version include more content:
- High resolution graphics.
- More Enemies
- More Ships
- More Planets
- More Fun!
10 out of thirteen:
Travel through space and get rich with Star Shipping Inc. Visit the new frontier colonies and battle space monsters and pirates in your quest to be the number one space trader the galaxy have ever known.
Take the role of the captain of of a cargo ship traveling between star systems to trade goods and commodities in strive to become the richest star ship captain in the galaxy. Your weapon is a mighty cargo ship that has to defend itself against space pirates, monsters and other less-than-friendly encounters.
Star Shipping is a turn based, strategy game, where in each turn your choices and a number of events and encounters can happen, affecting the outcome of the entire game.
When you play, choose your strategy well, and think twice before every journey, your choice between playing with a ship that's fast, or one that is large, or strong makes the game totally different, and it's all your choice.
Play at your own pace, as unlike many other games today, this one offers the player a mental challenges that doesn't rely on the ability to hit stuff on the screen, and doesn't require you to be 100% focus on the game at all times, instead you can play at your own pace, and use your economical planning skills and your intellect to trade various commodities between stars, and climb up the score ladder as you accomplish your goal of becoming the richest space captain in the galaxy.
Quotes from players:
"It's like solitaire, in space."
"Takes a few game sessions to fully realize the full potential of the game, but when you do, it's awesome!"
Star shipping features high resolution beautiful space backdrops, planets, aliens, nebulae, space ships, items, and characters.
- Beautiful graphic set in a space age universe.
- Clever economy system that keeps you from being too greedy.
- Mass amount of events to keep you sharp as you travel.
- Encounter space monsters, bandits, and pirates who will try to kill you.
- Choose from several types of ships to maximize your strategy.
- Visit the shop to upgrade your vessel, so you’ll be the mightiest cruiser to have ever sail the frontiers.
- Defend yourself with battle drones or newly bought weapons.
- Tons of achievement and ranks to discover for high replay value.
- Random colonies and commodities that will sometimes make you laugh.
- Easter Eggs.
- Made by two guys, but not from Andromeda.
**support for HD is only for iPad at the moment, but we'll update to support full retina display in the near future.
What's New in Version 1.009iOS 4.2 support.
Full retina display support.
Various bug fixes.