Gratuitous Space Battles
Yeah, I know. The name is awesome and direct to the point, just like the game is.
The explanation for the name is that the game don’t waste your time with stories of why the ships are battling. Just pick your race and fight against other races because…well, they are not your race and destroying ships is cool.
Differently than the most space wars strategy games, this game is a tower defense. The gameplay is really simple. Is like playing rock-paper-scissors but with a ton of variables.
First you have to design your spaceships. This is where you will spend most of the time in the game. Your objective here is to create the most efficient spaceships that you can create with your available arsenal. You have to balance firepower, resistance, weight, energy usage and cost.
The second one is to place the ships considering the total credits you have in the scenario and deciding if they will be more offensive or defensive. You receive more points the less you spend to defend the enemy arsenal. So that’s why is important to balance your ship and not just by the most expensive items for all your ships. As you gain more points you can open new weapons to buy.
Than you just press play and see the results with no control of it. So yeah, sometimes you will expend 10 minutes or more adjusting your ships just to see it being destroyed by your enemy. Unless you will see a nice and beautiful space battle.
It may sound that this is a silly game, maybe because it really is, but you can really pass the time trying the perfect balance in your spaceships.
For $20 this game is somewhat expensive, but if you find it cheaper it can totally worth it.