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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

Happy three year anniversary, Starbase Orion!

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. Cancuino, Bruin, VanderLegion, falanor4421, Davabled, Stevebob7, Skins0815, sfx 51, 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!


In v1.2.4 we failed to properly fix some scrolling issues introduced in iOS 8, so we've fixed them quickly in v1.2.5.

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.

• Various Fixes and Improvements
For a full listing, please see the "Galactic News" in game.

• Changes to Auxiliary Thrusters
Thrusters now provide a 5% chance of evading laser, gauss, and ion pulse cannon fire. Thrusters stack the same way ECM does, with each thruster providing an individual 5% chance of evasion.

• Changes to Ion Pulse Cannons
IPC has received multiple changes focused on making it a more valuable late game choice.
- The range has been increase from 6 to 11 (for reference, gauss range is 5 and laser range is 13)
- Does bonus damage to target ship structure when it hits energy shields.
- Can only be equipped on Battleships, Titans, Mammoths, and Starbases.

• Fixes for scrolling in iOS 8


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


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Last changed:
Oct 20, 2014
Chimera Software, LLC
179.3 MB

Current Version Average Rating:
5.00 (104)

All Versions Average Rating:
4.50 (1984)
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Starbase Orion 4.00 out of 5 based on 1 ratings.