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:

04-27-2012, 12:08 PM
Originally Posted by currymutton View Post
BTW, apart from reading from here, how would I know the app would be back in store?
When it comes back, it'll be patched. So if it's already on your device, you'll get an update notification on the App Store.

If it isn't on your device... occasionally search for "gratuitous" on the App Store, I guess. :/
05-02-2012, 08:18 AM
Alright, just asked Apple for a refund. They say they took note, whatever that means.

Seems like I have stuck with this app forever, even if I don't want it anymore. :S

You know, normally I couldn't care less, but the complete silence from the devs' part just boggles me. Bought this game weeks ago and it still crashes like mad. Talking about wasting consumer confidence.

05-02-2012, 08:26 AM
Cliff said today on twitter that the app was fixed and should be resubmitted soon!

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05-02-2012, 08:38 AM
Bleh. Good for them and good for those who are still excited.
05-02-2012, 07:46 PM
Keep our faith in waiting.

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05-04-2012, 04:53 PM
Any chance of an update ?
05-05-2012, 09:08 AM
Guess that's a no then .... Loyalty goes both ways. Don't expect me to show you any if you can't be bothered to show me any ....
05-05-2012, 02:12 PM
If the devs post that its fixed i will buy it upon return.
05-05-2012, 03:14 PM
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: Northbrook, IL
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I am going to be seriously pissed if it comes back with a sale. I paid $10 for a nearly unplayable turd, and as of right now I feel like they took my money and ran.

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05-05-2012, 04:35 PM
Joined: May 2010
Location: Burlingame CA
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Originally Posted by Grimstone82 View Post
I am going to be seriously pissed if it comes back with a sale. I paid $10 for a nearly unplayable turd, and as of right now I feel like they took my money and ran.
Did you actually request a refund and get refused?

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