App description: 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.

If fighting against a fixed fleet of enemy ships isn't your thing, then GSB also has two 'survival mode' maps. In these battles, your fleet is helplessly outnumbered by wave after wave of enemies that warp in and attack you. Your fleet's final defeat is certain, but how many enemy ships will you blast to atoms before you go down with your ship?

Your space fleet awaits!

Sanuku's comments:


05-05-2012, 05:01 PM
I requested a refund but never heard anything back.
05-05-2012, 06:36 PM
My understanding is they don't reply usually. 'All sales are final' after all. I recieved a refund for iShoot 2 back in the day. The first and last time I requested a refund. It was refunded, although I never got notification.

Hope this returns soon. Looking forward to purchase.

"I'm anispeptic, frasmotic, even compunctuous to have caused you such pericombobulation."
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05-05-2012, 11:40 PM
If you feel youve been screwed the just dont support the devs anymore. I know I wont buy any future dlcs from them on principle. There are too many good games out there and I dont buy the "we tested this a lot but somehow it failed" argument. I know now why did they pull a sneak release. It is what it is, a quick cash-in and a waste of consumer faith: I wish I bought Avernum instead for the same price.
05-06-2012, 12:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Fimb View Post
I know now why did they pull a sneak release. It is what it is, a quick cash-in and a waste of consumer faith
I doubt that the botched release was anything malicious. Once the AI bug was found, he pulled the app to prevent further disgruntled users. The real issue seems to be in releasing an ambitious game like GSB with little to experience with iOS or dealing with App Store policies. I fully understand anybody wanting a refund, but I'm withholding judgement until the next patch is released (it was submitted to Apple 3 days ago).
Everything else aside, I'm tired of the casual games dominating iOS. I want more games with depth and complexity. Unfortunatly this complexity often comes with more bugs initially. I'm willing to cut a dev some slack while they learn.
BTW - Avernum is very good
05-06-2012, 02:19 AM
You are right of course, it's no big deal anyway.

I am also tired of crappy games on the platform, that's why I'm so sour when I see something like this. They shouldn't release a big port with so many bugs, it's bad for the platform overall: It will always be the bastard system to pull crappy ports of PC games (at best). There are positive examples fortunately: Cave, Playdek and others would never release a joke like this.

Anyway, I don't care anymore, lesson learned. Do not buy day one stuff from a newcomer on iOS, even with a good PC pedigree. I won't buy the upcoming dlcs either. I'm done with this game, moving on to something else.

Last edited by Fimb; 05-06-2012 at 02:21 AM.
05-06-2012, 09:06 AM
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Originally Posted by err404 View Post
I doubt that the botched release was anything malicious. Once the AI bug was found, he pulled the app to prevent further disgruntled users. The real issue seems to be in releasing an ambitious game like GSB with little to experience with iOS or dealing with App Store policies. I fully understand anybody wanting a refund, but I'm withholding judgement until the next patch is released (it was submitted to Apple 3 days ago).
Everything else aside, I'm tired of the casual games dominating iOS. I want more games with depth and complexity. Unfortunatly this complexity often comes with more bugs initially. I'm willing to cut a dev some slack while they learn.
BTW - Avernum is very good
Exactly how I feel, including the Avernum note
05-06-2012, 09:50 AM
Personally, I'm happier that the dev has pulled it due to bugs. Shows he's the exact opposite of a cut and run style. Bugs were more severe than initially , and it was pulled rather than sell something completely broken to other customers.

Seriously though. Do want.

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05-06-2012, 12:38 PM
they can take all the time in the world if they bug fix and make HD/retina. no refund necessary. take all summer for all i care. if they stabilize this sucker amd offer the hi-rez assets and sound that this GTB ios shouldve had at launch, not only do i not care about waiting, but i would pay MORE! increase that file size and throw HD on the title, and i will double dip.

at this point, i dont even care anymore about Galactic conquest mode. if it comes as iap,awesome.

Last edited by sakinnuso; 05-06-2012 at 12:42 PM.
05-06-2012, 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by sakinnuso View Post
they can take all the time in the world if they bug fix and make HD/retina. no refund necessary. take all summer for all i care. if they stabilize this sucker amd offer the hi-rez assets and sound that this GTB ios shouldve had at launch, not only do i not care about waiting, but i would pay MORE! increase that file size and throw HD on the title, and i will double dip.

at this point, i dont even care anymore about Galactic conquest mode. if it comes as iap,awesome.
I agree!

Too many people getting upset over accidents...
The first release came out just as the new iPad did so they didn't have one to test it with.
Bugs happen.
As soon as they learned about the bugs they rushed a fix out to try to quiet all the whiners which unfortunately led to more bugs.

I think they did the right thing by pulling it until its fixed.

I'm disappointed that I can't play the game now but I can wait til they get things worked out and I WILL continue supporting this dev

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05-06-2012, 03:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Fafner View Post
As soon as they learned about the bugs they rushed a fix out to try to quiet all the whiners which unfortunately led to more bugs.

... and I WILL continue supporting this dev
For Christ's sake, dont be silly, it wasnt about the new iPad and whining. It was about releasing a game which crashes on EVERY device, on iPad 1-2-3, basically at every button you push. Then they released a patch which made things even worse for weeks. Come on, go ahead and support the devs. I hope it was an accident, but I won't SUPPORT this kind of behaviour. It would be plain stupid.

Last edited by Fimb; 05-06-2012 at 03:06 PM.

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