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  • genre Adventure / Strategy / Sci-fi
  • download size 596 MB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 218 user ratings.
  • release date August 31, 1996
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (10.6.8 or newer)
  • languages English
  • developer / publisher Legend Entertainment / Stardock
  • game modes Single-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • manual

What's cool about it:

  • Fascinating story rich with unexpected plot twists, interesting characters, and memorable moments
  • Great diplomacy system that equips the player with many interesting options to solve problems
  • Each race has its own unique behavior, goals, and motives


Deep in space, somewhere in the Kessari Quadrant, you stumble across a catastrophic realization - the universe is on the brink of destruction. Now you must race to save thousands of worlds and billions of lives from total annihilation. An epic adventure of intergalactic strategy and diplomacy begins.

Star Control 3 is the last installment of the series. Taking a slightly different track that diverged from the Star Control 2 formula, it got excellent reviews though some of the hardcore Star Control fans weren't entirely thrilled by the innovations. Journalists, new fans of the series, and hardcore fans alike all agreed on one thing, though: this game's story is great.

So whether you're an old fan of the series, someone who was put off by a friend's dislike of the game, or someone who's never played the Star Control games at all, here's your chance: pick up the excellent final game in the Star Control series and make up your mind for yourself!

Age requirements: ESRB Rating: EVERYONE with Animated Violence.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.6.8 or later. Processor: Intel Core Duo 2GHz+, Memory: 1GB of RAM, Graphics: 64MB of video memory, Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.

All user reviews:

User reviews:

A good space strategy game

Posted on 2011-09-15 08:03:50 byTallima's avatarTallima:

The first thing everyone always says about Star Control 3 is that it's not as good as Star Control 2. Fine fine fine, but that doesn't mean it's terrible.
SC3 takes place with the humans possessing just one interstellar ship. You travel the universe making friends and foes, forming a giant intergalactic alliance while you search foreign worlds for lost artifacts.
When you encounterread more an enemy, you will have a brief conversation. The result of the conversation could potentially lead to a friendship if you have found the right technology or piece of information. Otherwise, you jump into a very fun game of Asteroids. You pick a ship from your league of ships and they pick a ship and you duke it out.
When not in combat, you're managing your star systems in order to produce more ships and technology and ground troops. You'll be taking over the enemy and discovering the secrets of an ancient interstellar civilization.
You don't need to have played SC1 or 2 to enjoy this game.
The music and voice overs are decent. The graphics are actually quite good for an old game -- everything is 2D.
The characters (species) in the game can often be a little funny. The game likes to put a small spice of humor over everything.
Overall, it's a good game. There's better out there, certainly. But you can have an easy 20-40 hours of fun with this title. And the learning curve is much lower than many other space strategy games out there.

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Just pretend it's not called Star Control

Posted on 2011-09-15 10:26:05 byjawbone78's avatarjawbone78:

Really, it's an entertaining game. It is. I sunk countless hours into it when it first came out, and I have very happy memories. I can definitely understand the disappointment, because it can't touch Star Control 2 (one of the best games of all time, period), but on its own merits it's a fun game.

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Fantastic addition to the series.

Posted on 2011-09-16 03:31:10 bykreidos's avatarkreidos:

I don't think anyone will argue that Star Control 2 was the most successful of the Star Control series but don't write this one off as a second-rate sequel either.
The space exploration is fun, (albeit frustrating when you're sitting around waiting for more fuel) and the story is genuinely engaging and rivals anything the big studio game-mills churn out today. All the old racesread more are there, and are brought to life like never before thanks to the puppeteer genius of Jim Henson's Creature Workshop, who created the race leaders you will interact with.
The gameplay has been simplified a bit over SC2 but not, I would argue, to it's detriment. The focus in this title is definitely on interaction with the races and uncovering the story.
This game will provide a fun, engaging experience for those who are willing to put aside Star Control 2 and enjoy it for what it is.

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