Mucky Foot Productions’ original space station building game Startopia is back in DRM-free form on GOG thanks to publisher My Little Planet.
There seems to be quite a bit of release confusion going on with Startopia, a title that was originally published in June 2001 by now defunct Eidos Interactive, only to be later resurrected in digital form by GOG in 2012 and Steam in 2013. Then it was pulled from the store and is back again, maybe to coincide with the soon-to-be-released remaster Spacebase Startopia (see my hands-on impressions on Day 4 of gamescom 2019).
Licensing/Publishing issues aside, the game still remains a unique title that tasks the player to take care of various alien species on a circular, rotating space station. As each one has particular preferences of food, entertainment and also the ecosystem it can actually survive in, one has to make use of the terra-forming system and also prevent the aliens from threats outside and inside the space station, e.g. meteor showers, space pirates, and viruses. Graphically, the game might not have aged very well and will probably be surpassed by the remaster, but it’s good to know or play where it all started.
Startopia is now available DRM-free on GOG with a 25% launch discount that lasts until January 26, 2021, at 2 PM UTC.