"The best 4X game currently available for mobile" -
"This one is geek heaven" -
"Master of Orion in Your Pocket” -
"Starbase Orion has an epic-feeling" -
"Starbase Orion is here, and it's glorious." -

Explore. Expand. Exterminate. Can you defeat your friends and become the ruler of the galaxy?

Starbase Orion is an old-school 4X space strategy game that draws inspiration from titles such as Master of Orion and Galactic Civilizations. Lead your empire from the birth of its space age; colonize new worlds, explore new horizons, and discover other players attempting to do the same. It is a race to the stars where only one empire can declare victory over the galaxy.

New to 4X Strategy Games? No Problem

Starbase Orion includes a hand tailored tutorial mission perfect for those new to the genre. It features high-quality voice acting provided by the very talented Maurice Thomas.

Aged like a Fine Wine

With nearly a five year life span the dedicated community of Starbase Orion players and the developer have produced twenty-four fantastic updates. Each update has introduced new features and player suggested functionality to make the game better, more strategic, and more immersive.

Strong Single-Player Experience

Compete against a battle-tested artificial intelligence. Our AI was derived from our entry into to 2010 Google AI contest, where it placed in the top 15% of thousands of competing intelligences. Go head-to-head against a single AI opponent, or ramp up the carnage with a 4 way free-for-all.

GameCenter Multiplayer Turn-Based Games

Starbase Orion was designed to provide a fantastic multiplayer experience. Launch the game, sign into GameCenter, and start a new multiplayer game. No need to coordinate play times or seek out other players. Just go play, when you want and on your terms.

Choose Your Race, Or Create Your Own

There are five uniques races included; Human, Draske, Vass, Cyban, and Isather. You can also create your own custom race by picking and choosing between different race characteristics.

Intense Space Combat

Design your ships from a variety of weapons, hull, and systems. Send them into battle against the enemy. Give them orders, then watch the battle in unfold as they duke it out in the dark expanses of space.

Diplomacy, Espionage, Free Agents

Direct confrontations not your cup of tea? Negotiate your way to victory through diplomatic endeavors. Confound your enemies with an army of spies. Contract one of the many power and unique leaders to help you to victory.

iCloud Support

Starbase Orion is built from the ground up for iOS 5. It supports iCloud so that your saved games are instantly available on all of your devices. Start a game at home on your iPad, then pick it up again the next day on your iPhone. Simple, streamlined, fantastic.

Universal - You Bought the Cool Gadgets, Go Play on Them

Full support for iPad, iPhone, iPod, standard and Retina displays. Play when you want, where you want.

Guaranteed Pricing

While it is quite common for apps to become “free for a day”, Starbase Orion is not one of those apps. The standard price for Starbase Orion is $7.99 USD; it will never run a “free for a day” campaign. Tens of thousands of players have placed their confidence in us by purchasing Starbase Orion, and this is our guarantee to you.

Guaranteed Free Updates

We have a lot more planned for Starbase Orion. We plan to release all updates for free, without any hidden fees or In-App Purchases.

What’s New

Version 1.2.9

If you like what you see please make sure to review Starbase Orion with each update!

I would like to thank all of the players who joined the testing group to help make Starbase Orion the best it can be. Cancuino, Bruin, VanderLegion, falanor4421, Davabled, Stevebob7, Skins0815, sfx 51, Jaydevil2012, ddebernardy, elph, bmike, ed, Ayjona, Kabukiman, General_Grr, Diebo, MiiiikeT, Sentar, Diebo, macaonnie, seebs, Sploinkage, Mezmorki, anthee, PlanetaryScientist, mushroomsafari (and all of you whom I missed!) thank you so much for your tireless efforts in helping improve the game!


v1.2.9 is a hot fix for v1.2.8, of which I submitted the wrong build to Apple review. My most sincere apologies.

v1.2.8 is a quality of life update with some tweaks suggested by the Starbase Orion players!

• New Spying Options - you can now choose between spying On, Off, and No SCIF.
• Only one SCIF can be active per fleet
• Orbital Labs I / II percentage bonus have been to 20% / 40% ( was 20% / 30% )
• Brilliant researchers cost has been reduced to 5 ( was 6 )
• Colony Security Facility I / II percentages changed to 30% / 60% ( was 25% / 50% )
• Gauss turrets effectiveness against shields change from 10%/10%/10% to 10%/15%/20%

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
188 Ratings

188 Ratings

David Lutz ,

Excellent Community!

Review update for 1.2.9:
The developer listened to user requests to make some final tweaks to the game, allowing this wonderful game to continue to be fun & viable, rather than forcing everyone to wait until the eventual release of the sequel. The game is still worth the full asking price. Unlike so many other games, there are no in-app purchases here!
The community of this game is excellent and very mature. The forums are full of very helpful people. Even if you are only interested in playing single player, I encourage you to check out the forums or the multiplayer "spacebar" chat room for any questions you may have.
If you want to be involved in improving the game, you can even join the beta testing group-a fun experience in which you can see your suggestions implemented very quickly while interacting with the developer.

Ryuko098 ,

Top quality 4X/Empire Building strategy game

Still an incredible empire building/space strategy game! Easy to get started in the game with helpful tutorials, but plenty of advanced options and depth for advanced players and replay-ability. I’ve played this game almost since release, and I’m still a fan.

AI needs update: it gets limited later in the game, especially in areas like like time management, resource acquisition, and diplomacy. I.e., sending a ton of single vessels spaced over several turns, against a large fleet: not smart. Regardless of race, spends all their money on ships, rather than investing in infrastructure to build wealth. Won’t surrender when overwhelmed. Update the AI, and this game would be very refreshed.

Evilliv3 ,


I picked up this game a few days ago, after putting off the purchase for nearly two years, and now I regret not picking it up sooner! This game surpassed my expectations about how in-depth the development of colonies and technology and how much strategy there is. As soon as I said "Hello" in the chat, I had different people eager to teach me the ins and outs of playing! The community is very mature and helpful! Multiplayer is the most fun because there are so many options you can customize like match options, racial traits, and auto build focuses. If you are on the edge, do yourself a favor and get this gem 💎! Well worth the 8 bucks, and I own 242 apps, so I know what I'm talking about ! :-)👍


Chimera Software, LLC
262 MB

Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence


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