If you’re looking for a space-based midcore strategy game then we reckon Infinite Galaxy is probably on your radar. It’s all about building up an empire that spans the stars, and while it’s got a few little problems, it’s still a massive, entertaining and supremely engaging trip into the depths of the cosmos.
The story here revolves around a ragtag bunch of space rangers who discover an old abandoned spaceship and set about using it to right some intergalactic wrongs. You’ll get a spaceport, your own armada and much more as you play through the soft tutorial that makes up the first hour or so of the experience.
Everything is handled with taps and presses, from navigating the menus to sending your fleet out to explore, prospect and attack other bases. The universe is massive, so you’re going to spend an awful lot of time flying through the gloom and uncovering new areas to exploit and protect.
There’s also a decent chunk of research and development here. Everything is on timers, from building new spaceships to toughening up the infrastructure of your burgeoning space station. You need to think carefully about what you’re going to prioritize, and work to make your empire as strong as it possibly can be.
The game certainly looks gorgeous. Sure, a lot of it’s just black, but there’s loads going on here to keep your eyes interested. That’s especially true in the battles, where explosions and lasers really pop off the screen. The ship design is pretty darn cool as well. The universe feels real, a living and breathing expanse for you to lose yourself in.
The battles are brief but explosive. You’re in control of a few bits and bobs – poke the screen and your flagship will move to the position. Most of the shooting is taken out of your hands, but you’ve got special moves on cooldown timers that you can choose when to unleash. It’s not super involved, but there’s more going on here than in a lot of other similar games.
You can join alliances with other players in order to offer support and share resources. Those connections form a really important part of the game – going it on your own in an infinite universe is going to be pretty tough, as you might imagine.
The story that pushes things along isn’t particularly fresh, but it has some decent moments and you’ll meet some interesting characters along the way. Some of the writing is a bit lacking, whether that’s a case of poor translation or something else, but it’s never bad enough that you’re going to get super annoyed.
There’s a depth to Infinite Galaxy that a lot of other games are going to be jealous about. There’s always something to do, always a new area to explore or some space pirates to try and take down. Whether you’re jumping in for a few minutes or settling in for a longer play session, you’re going to leave feeling pretty darn satisfied. You can try it for yourself by clicking here.
It might not be the most original game in the world, and it might not be engaging enough for everyone's tastes, but if Infinite Galaxy wiggles its way into your brain it's going to stay there for a very long time.