Spaceward Ho! is a strategic game of awesome scope. You control the entire military and economy of a spacefaring race. Your goal: explore and colonize the galaxy.

Unfortunately, you are not alone. Alien enemies bent on galactic conquest will oppose your expansion. You fight them by developing new technologies and expanding your empire, or you can ally with them to turn enemies into friends.

Terraform newly discovered worlds or mine their natural resources. Maneuver your starship fleets, both in defense of your own systems and in offensive strikes against the evil aliens. Your strategic decisions will determine the fate of the galaxy.

Based on the original Mac/PC/Palm game and updated for iOS.

For new players, read the Help file and also watch the tutorial video online. Please contact us on Twitter @SpacewardHo or Our Website, or send us email.

What’s New

Version 1.2.9

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

64 bit compatible! Rejoice! Plus, some other bug fixes. And fixing the accidental deletion of games after Aug 8th.

Thanks to our beta testers who helped out:
Benoit Nadeau, Bill Maguire, Cameron Hills, Dan Danis, David Williams, Derik Hertel, Doug Weathers, Elio Varela, Fred Bockmann, George Fievet, Joe Casadonte, Josh Botts, Kevin Shiner, Matt Short, Owen Fitzpatrick, Richard Connamacher, Richard Goldsmith, Sascha W., Terry Dunnigan, Tim Steffens

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

Two attorneys ,

Loved it as a kid, love it still!

I’m the only person as far as I know who bought this game on *three* platforms: original MacOS, OSX universal binary, and now, iOS. Worth every penny. And the iOS version is a spectacular port. Mind you, I play on an iPhone se, and I have believe even without the benefit of experience that the iPad experience is exponentially better still.
An App Store review may not be the best forum for questions, but I do have three of them.
1) just out of curiosity did you guys port version 4 or 5?
2) how do I set up an internet or WiFi multiplayer without going through Game Center?
3) is there a way to set up a game with AIs of multiple different skill levels or starting world qualities?

Treeturtlemouse ,

So glad to find this!

I played this in the mid 90s and for years after. I was sad when it was no longer playable on newer versions of windows. But then I happened to find it here and now it’s my go to game.
Thank you for bringing back a classic.

docpark ,

Spaceward Ho! With Friends please

Multiplayer turn based, login with accounts to play, connect galaxies to fight vs other galaxies via wormholes meaning you build up your galaxy after conquering it. Do what No Man’s Sky failed at. Who cares about pink octopus-velociraptor-buffaloes? No cheesy graphics, no difficult economics, no buying your way to infinite strength. Keep it simple and lean, but fun. Been playing since 1994.

By some glitch several thousand decoys can take out dreadnoughts.


App Privacy

The developer, Ariton, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.

No Details Provided

The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


  • Game Center

    Challenge friends and check leaderboards and achievements.

  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

You Might Also Like