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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:

04-13-2012, 08:52 PM
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04-13-2012, 09:55 PM
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What a great surprise!!! Have this on Steam, now I'm mobile.

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04-13-2012, 10:06 PM
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Originally Posted by djflippy View Post
What a great surprise!!! Have this on Steam, now I'm mobile.
So this is worth the $10? I'm itching to hit buy but wanted to hear a couple people verify it's good (not just the game but this port, touch UI, etc). I've heard the PC version is pretty good but never played.
04-13-2012, 10:19 PM
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Does it include all the DLC?
04-13-2012, 10:25 PM
Joined: Jan 2009
Location: Pacific Northwest
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Wow! This looks pretty cool. What is this game really all about? I am definitely interested in knowing more.
04-13-2012, 10:33 PM
I would just like to say that I have played the PC version and it is really fun. I don't know if it is worth $10.00 on the iPad, but I believe that iPad games are sometimes more expensive than iPhone/iPod games and that that would explain the largish price. I forget how much I paid for it on my computer, but I believe it was more than $10.00. Hopefully this iPad version will perform as well as the computer version. If it does then I would definitely say buy it.

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04-13-2012, 11:23 PM
Joined: Apr 2012
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What I did like to know is what is missing from the iOS ver. compare to the PC ver. I think this is the bare bone ver. without any of the expansion pack unless someone can tell me otherwise.
04-14-2012, 12:26 AM
^ yep. also, retina-ready?? any IAP??

i already have gsb on my mac, but i'm on the fence to get it for my iPad until some more impressions come around. the developer's forums are pretty quiet as well.
04-14-2012, 12:36 AM
Joined: May 2010
Posts: 364
My only question is how does it work on the original iPad?
Also, bring on Flotilla and Homeworld any day! (one can dream, eh?)