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Videogame: Star*Drive
A realtime 4X space game, StarDrive is an ambitious and polished indie title. At its core, it's pretty basic: Start out with one planet and some ships, and use that to build an empire.


This game provides examples of:

  • A Commander Is You:
    • Cordrazine are Economists with some Diplomats thrown in.
    • Draylok are Espionage faction though they are decent with diplomacy and research as well.
    • Humans are the Balanced faction - they have bonuses to production, research, and income (and a nifty spaceship to start with), with no glaring weakness.
    • Kulrathi are Elitists, with bonuses to ship HP and ground combat.
    • Opteris are Industrialists.
    • Pollops are Balanced and Economists, having bonus population growth and decreased maintenance and food consumption.
    • Ralyeh are Researchers, with a science boost and a few minor bonuses.
    • Vulfen are Spammers and Industrialists, being extremely fertile and able to build things quickly, as well as gaining bonuses from nearby friendly units. Individually though, theis ships are rather weak.
  • A Planet Named Zok: Both averted and played straight. For example, Pollops hail from Sporl.
  • All Planets Are Earth-Like: Averted. Some planets can't be colonised.
  • Badass Beard: The human envoy.
  • Beam Spam: There's a large variety of beam weapons, and since you can design your own ships...
  • BFG: Some weapons at the end of the Tech Tree are bigger then many smaller ships.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: A wide varity including Rocket Launchers, Missile Turrets and Torpedo Tubes. Since you design the ships, you could have a ship that lays down massacre after massacre.
  • Mechanical Lifeforms: Opteris, race of intelligent, cybernetic insects.
  • More Dakka: You've a nice variety of guns, ranging from your simple point defense cannon all the way up to your triple barreled BFG. With being able to design your own ships, this can occur.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Drayloks' true forms. Also, Vulfen.
  • Named After Their Planet: Played straight with Cordrazine, Kulrathi, Opteris and Vulfen. Averted with Pollops, Ralyeh and Humans. Possibly played straight with Drayloks (who hail from Drellok).
  • Narcissist: Cordrazine are obsessed with beauty, and consider themselves the epitome of it.

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