Great game! It's very hard, and not long, as you've described. I'd pay a good chunk of cash for a multiplayer version with some more content. This is a fairly promising little game, and even in the current state, would be very fun to play against another player! I love the simplicity of it all, and due to such, it seems like this would be fairly easy to expand upon. I'm looking forward to future content updates if there are any (especially a multiplayer!). My one huge issue with this game is that my saves aren't saving. I save the game, I quit the game, I open it up later, and the save file doesn't exist. This seems to be a pretty big bug, but the game is still great, and multiplayer would make it a hundred times better nonetheless.
A downloadable game for Windows
Stellar Expansion is a lightweight freeware 4x (explore, expand, exploit, exterminate) game that places you in control of one of six species vying for galactic dominion. To win, you'll have to cultivate economic and technological supremacy, defend your borders from pirates and rivals, and send forth your warships to wipe the blight of your enemies from the face of the universe...before they can do the same to you!
Stellar Expansion takes its cues from several of the smaller-scale 4x games that were available on the classic Macintosh, including Galactica: Anno Dominari and Starbound (no relation to the more recent indie platformer by the same name). Relatively easy to pick up, and with shorter game durations than full-scale 4x games usually offer, Stellar Expansion might be just what you're looking for, if you're after something smaller to pick up between hundred-hour marathon matches of your favorite heavyweight strategy game. Best of all, it's completely free.
Stellar Expansion started life as an entry in GMC Jam #32, but has seen substantial improvement since the end of the jam.
Trailer Music: "Intrepid" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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