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a game by Beetlewing
Platform: PC (2021)
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 9.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Sandbox Games, Puzzle Games, Strategy Games, Space Games

If you've ever been into space-based strategy games, you'll know that they are almost exclusively heavy in detail. Some are downright complex. Perhaps that tailors to the more mathematical minds of those space exploration fans. However, Slipways is going in a different direction in their space strategy offering - they are cutting out the fat for a more relaxed experience.

You would have never taken the complexities of space strategy into consideration without the introduction of Slipways. It's one of those aspects that you tend to associate with the genre. Now we've been presented with a more streamlined strategy overlook, perhaps this may be the way forward. Our attention spans seem to wane easier these days, after all.

Explore Space, Minus the Work

Like most space strategy games - the premise is simple. You are to create a galactic empire through the discovery and domination of planets within the exploratory limits. This won't be that malicious or heroic type of empire, though. This is an industrial one - and interplanetary network you are forging purely for profit.

Slipways live up to its promise when it says it will change the landscape of space strategy. Right from the beginning, the game is remarkably accessible. You'll pick it up in an instant by clicking your button to scan and explore planets from the wormhole you've been dropped into. Hovering your mouse over the world will unveil its profitable resources and options to colonize and develop it.

The main objective is for the player to reap the most reward from each development. That is achieved by building a network of slipways that deliver resources and amenities between planets - boosting their output. That typical management and city-building mechanics are there, represented in a much simpler light. But as stripped down as it is, it's strangely addictive.

You're really only tasked with a couple of conditions - ultimate happiness, and you win, planetary discontent - and you lose. Getting there is not the most straightforward thing to do. But discovering what makes colonists happy and building a network to deliver that content keeps your brain in gear for hours. It's all made more pleasant by the refreshing user interface and easy-to-learn mechanics.

Time Will Slip Away

There are fans of the genre that will find fault with the gameplay - but not because it's unpolished or buggy. Slipways is a more relaxed style of game that doesn't thrust you into any sense of urgency. No combat is present. Furthermore, you're given time to make decisions for your empire. Space strategists may not like the idea of not being able to forcefully turn the tide.


Alas, Slipways is one of the most refreshing strategy offerings in this setting. Those that want a chilling foray into space exploration will adore what the gameplay delivers. It avoids the stress and frustrations the complexities of Stellaris and Endless Space cause. I would highly recommend Slipways to any strategy fan - but it's understandable if it's not your cup of tea as well.


  • Refreshingly simple space-strategy mechanics
  • A well-designed user interface to help build a network
  • Accessible to new players and expert strategists alike


  • It might be overly simplistic for advanced players
  • Ultimate goals can be perceived as insignificant

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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