Galaxy Empire: Don’t Call It StarCraft

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Galaxy Empire: iPhone App Video Review

Galaxy Empire for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

We’re always looking for fun and exciting online games to smash away at on our iPhone and iPad. Thankfully, the good lads at Tap4Fun know our struggles, and have offered up the free online title Galaxy Empire, a cross between classic cardboard-studded Risk and modern StarCraft games. We’re wholly enamored with what the app has to offer, and if it weren’t for prior commitments (like a job, kids, spouse, etc.) we might just spend our universe-treading life playing it. For our full thoughts on this sci-fi wonder, check below beyond the break!

Concept and Gameplay

As mentioned, the gameplay of Galaxy Empire itself is somewhere between a classic strategizing board game and a modern RTS. The game bears an undeniable StarCraft influence, if even just in the looks, but we’re pleased to say that the functionality itself is definitively not a simple clone, as GameLoft might have created. Rather, the game has players amassing resources on individual planets, and then using those resources to purchase various structures. These structures can then be upgraded, or used to research more advanced technologies. The chain continues as players purchase fleets, ships, and more buildings. It’s nothing new, but as game mechanics go, it’s just as addictive as you might hope it would be.

However, the game becomes more like Risk when the online aspect ways in. The game is tied to a network of thousands of other players, each of whom control their own planets. As players expand and acquire more systems to put their name on, clashes inevitably occur. This can be frustrating at times, but for the most part, the threat of annihilation and the glory of victory are so satisfying as to be difficult to describe. There’s even an alliance portion that allows users to gang up and form unions in much the same way that guilds add a camaraderie to World of Warcraft. All in all, it’s a stellar (no pun intended) offering, and one we loved playing.

Design and Graphics

Galaxy Empire for iPhone

Galaxy Empire for iPhone

Thankfully, we were equally as floored by the game’s graphics and design as we were with the gameplay. Everything has been touch optimized for maximum usability, and there were several game functions we found particularly useful. The upgrades system is easy to manage, and we were big fans of the ability to manage resource gathering at the percent level. At the end of the day, the game comes with more upgrades, ships, and complexities than can be mentioned: A huge point in Galaxy Empire’s favor.

Overall Value

Best of all, the app is free in the App Store. There are “dark matter” points that can be purchased to perform actions more rapidly, but on the whole we found no need to buy these otherwise. The game is balanced, wickedly engaging, and entirely addictive. All in all, it earns a solid recommendation from us, as well as our admiration. Well done, lads, well done.

Galaxy EmpireGalaxy Empire requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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9 Responses to “Galaxy Empire: Don’t Call It StarCraft”

  1. jamie says:

    google Ogame… this is the iphone version of a decade old game

  2. Ryan says:

    Clone of an old game, but still entertaining. Instructions a little confusing due to bad translation but easy enough to overcome.

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  4. Love apps… I’ll look into this one. hoping there is an android version

  5. mrvwbug says:

    Looks like massive copyright infringement to me. Im sure Blizzard legal will love to see the starcraft UI being ripped off, and CCP legal will enjoy seeing ship models directly out of EVE online being used as icons

  6. m3e says:


    and don’t forget the USS Enterprise, which has a cameo too!

  7. P. W. says:


  8. connerlee says:

    I’ve had the app on my iphone for quite some time and have built quite a large fleet and have got my buildings to quite a high level but all of a sudden i have been logged out of the game and it wont allow me to log back into the game no matter how much i try to get into it i am not amused by this due to having put a lot of time and effort into the game and now it wont allow me to play not sure if it was a glitch or if a failure in the system but i would like to ask if anyone knows how to get back to be logged in !!!

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