Stars in Shadow is a turn-based 4X science fiction strategy game. Explore the stars, settle distant worlds, and build an interstellar empire. Recover ancient technologies and negotiate with alien leaders. Created by a pair of passionate strategy gamers, Stars in Shadow features streamlined empire management, sophisticated turn-based tactical combat, and detailed world building.


  • Epic Scope:

    Starting at the dawn of interstellar travel, progress through four eras of technological advancement. Discover the science of planetary terraforming, upgrade your infantry battalions to battle mechs, and grow your fleet from a squadron of destroyers to an armada of planet-destroying Dread Stars.

  • Stylized Setting:

    A distinctive comic-book art style and an original, detailed universe backstory draw you into an immersive game world. Interact with a unique cast of alien characters, make friends and influence people, or crush your enemies and see them driven before you.

  • Focused High-Level Strategy:

    Build a vast and varied empire, taking advantage of the unique traits offered by different alien populations and the worlds they inhabit. A streamlined resource and planetary improvement model keeps the game moving even when your empire grows large.

  • Deep Turn-Based Tactical Combat:

    Face off against your opponents in complex 2D turn-based tactical battles. Counter your enemy’s missile barrage using point defense or interceptors, then close to energy weapon range! Stars in Shadow’s tactical engine includes several features rarely seen in turn based games. Multi-ship commands keep even large fleet battles fast-paced, and smart unit behaviors allow tight control with minimal micromanagement. Auto-resolve battles that are a foregone conclusion, while retaining the ability to replay any engagement to see exactly what happened.


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  • Beta Testing:

    A test build of Stars in Shadow has been available since early 2015, and you can learn more about the progress of the game's development and the exploits of our intrepid testers on the community forums![]

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Iceberg Interactive is fast making a name for itself as the publisher of a new wave of PC 4X grand strategy games. With titles such as Horizon, StarDrive and the Starpoint Gemini series – and more recently Dawn of Andromeda in Early Access – the newly-released Stars in Shadow, developed by Ashdar Interactive, joins a strong lineup of modern takes on the complex space strategy genre.

Having just released on Steam, Stars in Shadow is already landing in Steam’s Very Positive review band, with many users comparing the game to the lofty classic of the genre, Master of Orion 2. Stars in Shadow does specifically pay tribute to such a classic, however the game also seeks to streamline much of the micromanagement that often presents itself in late-game aspects such as planetary management and large-scale tactical battles.

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The game also features a unique, stylised comic book aesthetic, giving its alien races and galactic maps a colourful vibrancy that typically doesn’t present itself in games set in deep space. And, with builds of the game having been tested for well over a year, the release build promises to be balanced to a degree that many other 4X games lack on launch day. Stars in Shadow is currently available for 25% off throughout its launch period, bringing its asking price down to just below US$19.00.

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