Sins of a Solar Empire

Common Sense Media says

Innovative real-time space-based strategy game.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Antagonistic. Games consist of multiple enemy factions, and there is an organized crime element.

Violence

Fantasy violence. Game action centers on space-based combat; ships and structures in space explode, but no bodies are seen.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Next to none. There's a possibility of language in online interactions.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is most suitable for older teens who are interested in complex strategy games. It shows ships and space structures exploding, but no bodies or personal violence. Language concerns should be minimal.

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What's it about?

SINS OF A SOLAR EMPIRE is an innovative real-time strategy (RTS) game for Windows PCs. Unlike traditional ground-based strategy games in which the player must establish and conquer cities, Sins is set in space and focuses on conquest of planets and star systems. That crucial difference is what makes Sins more likely to be interesting to experienced strategy gamers.

Players start out with only a single planet under their control, the ability to build a few basic ships for combat and exploration, and a few structures for enhancing their growing empire's capabilities. As players explore the galaxy around them, they'll encounter opposing factions trying to establish their own empires. The player must choose their battles with care in order to successfully colonize and conquer the galaxy.

Is it any good?

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From the standpoint of pure strategy gaming, Sins should be very appealing. The unique game design has a significant impact on strategy, requiring the player to consider factors such as planetary climate, available resources, and risk of attack when choosing whether to try and take control of a planet.

In other areas, Sins is sorely lacking. The single-player game consists only of a handful of scenarios that pit the player against the computer AI. There is hardly any story to speak of, save for a brief cutscene that explains the history of the conflict between the three political factions. The game shines in multiplayer mode, but those new to strategy gaming will find this to be frustratingly difficult.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how political factions interact in wartime, and how various national interests and prejudices can prevail over the common good. Parents may also view it as an opportunity to teach strategic thinking to their teenage children – or have their teenage children teach them.

Game details

Platforms:Windows
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Stardock
Release date:February 4, 2008
Genre:Strategy
ESRB rating:T for Fantasy Violence and Mild Language (Windows)

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Adult Written byClaymix February 28, 2012
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10
QUALITY
 

A good, clean RTS

There's very little questionable about this game. Starships blowing each other up is the extent of the violence. Bodies are never seen, nor is there any death sounds (i.e., screaming). It's very mild. Other than the violence inherent in a space RTS (including bombing planets until they are clear of the enemies colonists), there is nothing else to worry about in this game. No language, sex, drinking, etc. As far as modern games go, this is one of the cleanest. The game itself is very fun, as well. A strategic game that keeps you involved and thinking. The one caveat is that it can take a very long time to play a match. A very, very, VERY long time. Depending on the size of the map and the number of players, this can be an hour to quite a few hours. (It can really drag on near the end of a game, which is definitely a turn off - depending on your patience). Have no fear, though: you can save even multiplayer games!
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Teen, 13 years old Written byguest83 February 1, 2011
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12
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fun, but long.

the strategy is very in depth, requiring a lot of micromanagement. I really like the story and the graphics. the only problem I have with it is that it takes a loooooong time to play, requiring more than an two hours to make any progress in most levels. So I wouldn't reccomend it to anyone who doesn't have A LOT of time on their hands. But other than that it is an awesome game, requiring significant thought and sound strategies.
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Teen, 16 years old Written byChubzter August 17, 2010
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10
QUALITY
 

Fun for all ages

The game is very fun and not gorrey (srry if spelling is wrong) at all. The only reason i dont put the age rating lower is that it is tough to get the hang of playing.

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