StarCraft with Brood War Expansion

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Fantastic, and now free, sci-fi strategy game for teens.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Few positive messages overshadowed by constant focus on interplanetary warfare among three races.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No central character; all characters tend to perform negative actions in battle, cut scenes.

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn, but difficulty grows over time.


Game centers on violence because it's a war game; some blood, gore. But because played from "eagle-eye" top-down perspective and it's almost 20 years old, combat isn't too graphic.


Some profanity, including "s--t," "damn," "hell"; online play unmoderated.


Blizzard Entertainment is giving away this old game (and expansion pack) to help promote a newly remastered version, which costs money.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that StarCraft is a strategy game that pits three warring races against one another on alien planets. It's played from a top-down perspective and centers heavily on violence, as well as resource collection, science, and technology. Combat features blood and some gore, but it's played from a top-down perspective, so it's not too realistic. The game also contains some strong profanity, including words such as "s--t" during dialogue sequences. This is also being rereleased for free, along with its expansion pack, as a promotion of the upcoming remastered version.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCynder960 October 29, 2018
Teen, 15 years old Written byvoidwalker0 January 18, 2021

Amazing Sci_Fi Strategy Game

This is an AMAZING strategy game, especially for one made in the 90s!
The game does jave some flirting between Jim Raynor and Sarah Kerrigan i... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byAmba September 11, 2017

Played this since I was 4. Great experience

Fantastic gem from Blizzard; a blast from the past that still hold up perfectly today many years later. I still play it today, and have done on a regular basis... Continue reading

What's it about?

Free online, STARCRAFT is a real-time strategy game originally released in 1998. This new download also includes the Brood War expansion pack. Players command one of three species -- the Terrans (humans), Protoss, and the insect-like Zerg -- and must compete for total galactic domination. Each of these three species features its own unique tactics, technology, units, weapons, and their own perspective of the overall story. So it's essential to employ different strategies for each species based on these variables. The single-player campaign comes with more than 30 nail-biting missions for each game across multiple environments, including entertaining cut scenes to bridge the action. Players will collect resources such as blue crystal minerals needed to fuel their objectives, plus create and train new recruits, construct varied units, develop new technologies, and battle offensively and defensively against uncompromising enemy species. Multiplayer can be waged against up to eight opponents, with a number of gameplay modes and worldwide rankings. For unlimited replayability, StarCraft also features an easy-to-use campaign editor that allows gamers to edit units, create their own scenarios and maps, and effortlessly trade them online.

Is it any good?

This is one of the most coveted and honored real-time strategy (RTS) games ever created and is as good now as it was when it was released. Blizzard Entertainment created very compelling and accessible gameplay mechanics and produced exceptional pacing along with increasingly challenging yet achievable missions. The well-balanced races (rock-paper-scissors model) meet an interesting science fiction tale, and the game's many solo and multiplayer modes and maps (along with the campaign editor to create and share your own levels) will keep you playing for hours.

Blizzard Entertainment included the complete Brood War expansion pack, which adds even more intergalactic warfare fun. Taking place after the events of StarCraft, this add-on tells of the shattered Zerg hive being torn apart by fierce infighting, while the Protoss race seeks to rebuild their home world and reunite with their Dark Templar brethren. And what of the Terrans? What do the humans want in all of this? Along with the new story, Brood War adds new units, weapons, campaigns, worlds, music, and other features. And it's all free now. Sure, the graphics are dated, and the limited resolution means the game might not fit your entire computer screen, but whether you're an old fan of this series or you're new to it, this is a highly enjoyable strategy game for teens and adults.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about marketing to kids. Why is Blizzard Entertainment giving away this old game? Is it partly to promote the newly remastered (and paid) version of the game?

  • Talk about nostalgia. This game remains popular 20 years after its release, but what makes it so appealing? Are there games you play that you think will have a similar longevity?

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