Gratuitous Space Battles Review – The best part of space strategy games

On September 2, 2012

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Gratuitous Space Battles Review – The best part of space strategy games

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By: Red Marble Games

Version #: 1.56.4

Date Released: 2012-05-25

Developer: Red Marble Games

Price: 9.99

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Gratuitous Space Battles is a neat game. It offers the best from space strategy games in one package: the battles. If you are one to love Master of Orion styled games (like Starbase Orion, which we have already reviewed) you’ll love this game.

Gratuitous Space Battles leaves all the long-term strategy out. No need to build factories, orbital shipyards, terraforming plans. Just design your ships within budget, and watch your fleets collide. You can set orders for each of your ship to decide what to do. Watch huge laser beams fly and smash enemy shields.

In Gratuitous Space Battles there are plenty of unlocks to “buy”. Each time you pass a mission, the extra credits you don’t spend in your fleet design can then be used to unlock new weapons, ship hulls and races. This is the way to get an EMP cannon, or a cruiser rocket launcher.

Create your perfect ship and watch it come out victorious… Or get smashed. A tip: cruisers equipped with many cruiser rocket launchers can be a dead blow to enemy ships… Unless their frigates are equipped with many EMP missiles. Be prepared for a nasty fight then.

In short: Gratuitous Space Battles picks the best from space strategy games and delivers in a neat iPad package

Quick Take


Would I Buy Again:Probably

Learning Curve:High

Who Is It For:Space strategy die-hards

What I Like:The idea is very fun

What I Don't Like:Frequent crashes in the end of the battles in my iPad 1

Final Statement:A very, very good game for iPad

Read the Developer's Notes:
GSB is the ultimate space strategy game. It's a strategy / management / simulation game that does away with all the base building and delays and gets straight to the meat and potatoes of science-fiction games: The big space battles fought by huge spaceships with tons of laser beams and things going 'zap!', 'ka-boom!' and 'ka-pow!'.

In GSB you put your ships together from modular components, arrange them into fleets, give your ships orders of engagement and then hope they emerge victorious from battle (or at least blow to bits in aesthetically pleasing ways).

Gratuitous Space Battles aims to bring the over-the-top explodiness back into space strategy games. The game is for everyone who has watched big space armadas battle it out on TV and thought to themselves 'I could have done a much better job as admiral'.

This is not a game of real-time arcade twitch reflexes. GSB is about what ships you design, and what you tell them to do. Your individual ship commanders have total autonomy during the chaotic battle that unfolds. This is not a tactical game, it is a strategic one. These gratuitous space battles are not won by plucky heroes with perfect teeth, but by the geeky starship builders who know exactly what ratio of plasma-cannons to engines each ship in the fleet will need.

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