Parents' Guide to

StarDrive 2

By Sarah Van Boerum, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Turn-based strategy explores space colonization, warfare.

Game Mac, Windows 2015
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If you're into any type of strategy game, StarDrive 2 is right up your alley. The goal is to explore, battle, conquer, establish diplomacy with other races, and maintain life on several planets. Players pick and customize a race of people to traverse the solar system, using their home planet as a base where you use its resources to help you colonize other planets. That means figuring out the makeup of the world and whether it has the necessities to sustain life and keeping it within your borders to receive any bonuses from its settlement. Of course, you'll also need to build space fleets to protect your territory in combat, which takes time and know-how, since each portion of a ship has to be hand-picked and built.

StarDrive 2 has so much going on, and there are hours of gameplay in each aspect, from building and maintaining planetary life to researching scientific advancements to engaging in combat. Fortunately, the game comes with a tutorial and helpful hints to guide and provide detailed information during points of uncertainty. But we did find the game lagging during certain points, mainly during battles, which seemed to take a while to fight and finish; because it takes a lot of patience to direct your ship to fire at the enemy, fights can feel a bit slow and anticlimactic. But overall, once you understand the tactics and strategy of the game, it's all about staying one step ahead of your enemies as you continue planet exploration and diplomacy with other colonies. The nice thing about StarDrive 2 is that it's ever-changing, so you have to learn and adapt as scenarios change, making it a game that's not easily beat.

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