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  • genre rpg / turn-based / sci-fi
  • download size 78 MB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 129 user ratings.
  • release date September 5, 2013
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (10.7.0 or newer)
  • languages English
  • developer / publisher Niels Bauer Games / Niels Bauer Games
  • game modes single-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • manual
  • Smugglers V main theme

What's cool about it:

  • Explore a dynamic universe by trading, fighting, managing a crew and factories, boarding ships, and plundering planets
  • 80,000 words of new and dynamic short stories plus a non-linear campaign
  • 4 factions, 6 professions with 100+ different skills, 30+ spaceships ranging from fighters to battleships, cruise missiles and star bases
  • You can start and rule your own star empire or perform a hostile takeover of a pirate base!


The galaxy is at war - the Federation, the Coalition, the Outer Rim systems and the criminal Syndicate battle for control. It's a dangerous life for a pilot on the front lines, but it can also be a lucrative one - are you an honest trader, or does smuggling illegal goods sound more profitable? Will you join the war effort for your faction, set up your own empire, or simply explore the galaxy?

The fifth installment in the long-running Smugglers series features a completely revised turn-based combat system and a range of new ships to fly, as well as a host of exciting features.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM, 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9.0c , DirectX 9.0c-compatible soundcard, 100 MB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.7.0 or later.Processor: 1.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Memory: 1 GB Graphics: 256 MB of video RAM Hard drive space: 600 MB Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled. Patched to version 1.4b

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User reviews:

Good turn-based trader with other elements

Posted on 2013-10-04 12:02:04 bymundell's avatarmundell:

This game is not for twitchy 3-D gamers but you will get a good beer and pretzels game that you need to think about as you make decisions on how to proceed. You can be a trader, pirate, bounty hunter fleet officer and a couple other characters. You also join a faction. It's like most games of this nature where you pick missions or pick commodities and take them to other planetsread more to make a profit. You don't have a view from the cockpit as you fly but more of a top down view like a board game. There are random encounters throughout the gameplay to change up the overall experience each time you play. After you play through a few times the game does get somewhat repetative and it is very click intensive. Combat is not real strategic but it's still satisfying to blow something up (or win a fight). Driving around the universes consists of clicking on planets and making them your destination and watching how many days it takes to get to each planet. The game is very easy to play with a little bit of thinking on where to go or what to do. It's not an intensive game and the rpg elements are relatively light but it can be more of a cathartic experience to help you de-stress from the day. The price from GOG is a third of direct purchase. Goto the creators website and try the demo. The actual game is much more in depth. For the fun factor and anyone that likes this niche of game it's worth the price here on GOG.

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Posted on 2014-03-06 13:33:40 byeaf's avatareaf:

The game is okay, but it quickly becomes repetitive depending on what profession you've chosen. Also, the leveling mechanic for combat is a bit of a mess -- as soon as you buy a bigger ship, pretty much every other ship in the universe upgrades to your level or better, which is a real pain in the butt if you're just trying to fly from one system to the next without getting attackedread more by Capital-class ships. Couple this with the fact that without certain specialized skills (like "flee") you can't escape from combat, and the game quickly becomes frustrating. It's not bad, just not very good. The flavor text on the planets is probably the saving grace of this game.

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A very under-appreciated gem

Posted on 2013-10-06 09:23:16 bysnstone's avatarsnstone:

I wasn't expecting much from the $9.99 price tag, but I must confess, this is probably the most fun I've had with a opened ended space game since Elite. To best describe the gameplay of this title, think somewhere along the lines of the aforementioned Elite and Privateer, but turn based, with the open ended nature allowing you to follow pretty much any role you can think of. Wantread more to be the most revered bounty hunter in the galaxy? You can do it. Want to be a ruthless pirate and pray upon innocent freighters, and rule your own criminal empire? You can do it. Want to smuggle contraband in pursuit of riches, whist evading the watchful eyes of the authorities. You can do it. Want to be an honest trader who is always watching the economy for the opportunity for profit. You can do it. And there is so much more to this game that I have not covered as well, such as the ability to own factories, being able to board and capture enemy ships, the four factions that are at war, and how your actions can influence it, etc To conclude, I find this game to be completely addicting, and definitely one of the better examples of the open ended space game. If you are in to these types of games, buy it. Trust me, you won't regret it.

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