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Starbase Orion

Starbase Orion

       iOS Universal

"The best 4X game currently available for mobile" -
"This one is geek heaven" -
"Master of Orion in Your Pocket” -
"This one is geek heaven" -
"Starbase Orion has an epic-feeling" -
"Starbase Orion is here, and it's glorious." -

Explore. Expand. Exterminate. Can you defeat your friends and become the ruler of the galaxy?

Starbase Orion is an old-school 4X space strategy game that draws inspiration from titles such as Master of Orion and Galactic Civilizations. Lead your empire from the birth of its space age; colonize new worlds, explore new horizons, and discover other players attempting to do the same. It is a race to the stars where only one empire can declare victory over the galaxy.

New to 4X Strategy Games? No Problem

Starbase Orion includes a hand tailored tutorial mission perfect for those new to the genre. It features high-quality voice acting provided by the very talented Maurice Thomas.

Aged like a Fine Wine

With nearly a three year life span the dedicated community of Starbase Orion players and the developer have produced twenty-three fantastic updates. Each update has introduced new features and player suggested functionality to make the game better, more strategic, and more immersive.

Strong Single-Player Experience

Compete against a battle-tested artificial intelligence. Our AI was derived from our entry into to 2010 Google AI contest, where it placed in the top 15% of thousands of competing intelligences. Go head-to-head against a single AI opponent, or ramp up the carnage with a 4 way free-for-all.

GameCenter Multiplayer Turn-Based Games

Starbase Orion was designed to provide a fantastic multiplayer experience. Launch the game, sign into GameCenter, and start a new multiplayer game. No need to coordinate play times or seek out other players. Just go play, when you want and on your terms.

Choose Your Race, Or Create Your Own

There are five uniques races included; Human, Draske, Vass, Cyban, and Isather. You can also create your own custom race by picking and choosing between different race characteristics.

Intense Space Combat

Design your ships from a variety of weapons, hull, and systems. Send them into battle against the enemy. Give them orders, then watch the battle in unfold as they duke it out in the dark expanses of space.

Diplomacy, Espionage, Free Agents

Direct confrontations not your cup of tea? Negotiate your way to victory through diplomatic endeavors. Confound your enemies with an army of spies. Contract one of the many power and unique leaders to help you to victory.

iCloud Support

Starbase Orion is built from the ground up for iOS 5. It supports iCloud so that your saved games are instantly available on all of your devices. Start a game at home on your iPad, then pick it up again the next day on your iPhone. Simple, streamlined, fantastic.

Universal - You Bought the Cool Gadgets, Go Play on Them

Full support for iPad, iPhone, iPod, standard and Retina displays. Play when you want, where you want.

Guaranteed Pricing

While it is quite common for apps to become “free for a day”, Starbase Orion is not one of those apps. The standard price for Starbase Orion is $7.99 USD; it will never run a “free for a day” campaign. Tens of thousands of players have placed their confidence in us by purchasing Starbase Orion, and this is our guarantee to you.

Guaranteed Free Updates

We have a lot more planned for Starbase Orion. We plan to release all updates for free, without any hidden fees or In-App Purchases.

What's new

If you like what you see please make sure to review Starbase Orion with each update!

I would like to thank all of the players who joined the testing group to help make Starbase Orion the best it can be. Bruin, VanderLegion, falanor4421, Davabled, Stevebob7, Skins0815, Jaydevil2012, ddebernardy, elph, bmike, ed, Ayjona, Kabukiman, General_Grr, Diebo, MiiiikeT, Sentar, Diebo, macaonnie, seebs, Sploinkage, Mezmorki, anthee, PlanetaryScientist, mushroomsafari (and all of you whom I missed!) thank you so much for your tireless efforts in helping improve the game!


Note: The changes in this update are too numerous to fit here! Please open the "Multiplayer" section of the app, and tap on the "Galactic News" section for a much more verbose description of the changes.

• New Technologies to Research
This patch introduces the S.C.I.F. and the Interspecies Medical Network, two new technologies of particular interest to spying or research focused races.

• Upcoming Tech displayed in the Research Section
Find yourself unsure as to what technologies are coming next when you finish researching that Gauss Turret? Now all you need to do is tap a toggle button and all future technologies will be displayed.

• New Racial: Robust Techies
Robust Techies can be thought of as the "Natrual Tinkers" trait for research builds; races with this attribute will convert 20% of their planetary research into production.

• Racial Balance Changes
In v1.2.1 we transitioned over to a new server to provide a better multiplayer experience. One of the advantages to doing so is that I could run analytics against the winning games and see how each of the racial traits were performing. Using this knowledge has helped myself and the SO players to fine tune the current racial attributes to provide a richer strategic experience, opening up new paths to play and stay competitive. The changes are numerous and explained in detail in the Galactic News, but they include changes to Galactic Navigators, Repulsive, Shared Intelligence, Battle Hardened, Free Thinking, Quick Thinkers, Slow as Sloths, Tolerant, Sanctioned Piracy, and Highly Trained Smugglers.

• More Sorting Options
By popular demand, we have added several new sorting options to the Empire and Galaxy screens. You can now sort by Planet Size, Capacity, Buildings Built, Distance from your Empire, and by specials.

• Blockade and Combat Changes
Planets which are being blockaded by the enemy, on in systems which have active combat, may no longer purchase production, build ships or starbases. This change makes blockading a more effective tool and opens up new lines of strategic thought.

• New "Disengage" Combat Command
Joining the "Retreat" command is the newly minted "Disengage" command. Retreat has been here for a while, and its purpose is for a smaller force to escape quickly from combat and rendezvous at the nearest safe haven. Disengage is meant to be used by a larger force who chooses to tactically withdraw from a combat to be ordered elsewhere.

• Much, much more
Additional changes to Exopolitics, the number of leaders you can hire, returns on scrapping buildings, a new "Tourney24" timer, and more expensive technology when it "rolls over", and more! For the full change log please visit the whipping post on the forums or the "Galactic News" section in game.


The Starbase Orion forums are buzzing with user comments and suggestions. Join the discussion today!


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Last changed:
Jul 17, 2014
Chimera Software, LLC
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