Gratuitous Space Battles - Free Edition

Developer: Red Marble Games

Current Version: 1.55.2

Last Updated: 4 years ago

Download Size: 59.4 MB - Download


GSB is the ultimate space strategy game. It's a strategy / management / simulation game that does away with all the base building and delays and gets straight to the meat and potatoes of science-fiction games: The big space battles fought by huge spaceships with tons of laser beams and things going 'zap!', 'ka-boom!' and 'ka-pow!'.

In GSB you put your ships together from modular components, arrange them into fleets, give your ships orders of engagement and then hope they emerge victorious from battle (or at least blow to bits in aesthetically pleasing ways).

Gratuitous Space Battles aims to bring the over-the-top explodiness back into space strategy games. The game is for everyone who has watched big space armadas battle it out on TV and thought to themselves 'I could have done a much better job as admiral'.

This is not a game of real-time arcade twitch reflexes. GSB is about what ships you design, and what you tell them to do. Your individual ship commanders have total autonomy during the chaotic battle that unfolds. This is not a tactical game, it is a strategic one. These gratuitous space battles are not won by plucky heroes with perfect teeth, but by the geeky starship builders who know exactly what ratio of plasma-cannons to engines each ship in the fleet will need.

Your space fleet awaits!


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.55.2
Review by applover3

buggy and boring - Good idea but lacks controls. I would like to influence the outcome manually. Also crashes many times.

Found helpful by 7 out of 11 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.55.2
Review by Ombar2000

Neat - Very cool idea, but crashes often. Maybe, could use more macro controls maybe durning battle, but then again I like the whole fire-and-forget style. Maybe more pre-combat tactical order options and plans. An idea would be profiles for your ship commanders, that would be kind of cool hot-heads vs tacticians; plus the idea of loosing good commanders would add to the pot. Good game.

Found helpful by 8 out of 11 people
Version 1.55.2
Review by ThisIsTheTruth

Would be fun, but crashes way too much - Fight a battle, crash. Fight a battle, crash. Fight a battle, crash. It's pretty dispiriting. On the plus side, the game seems to remember everything up to the point of the crash (except when you crash in the middle of a battle). But I'm frankly surprised this game was allowed to be in the Mac App Store with the amount of crashes I've experienced.

Found helpful by 6 out of 9 people
Version 1.55.2
Review by [email protected]! 9OOO

Great game, but to short - This game is so much fun. I would only like to see the free version being a little bit longer. But other than that it is a wonderful game.

Found helpful by 6 out of 11 people
Version 1.55.2
Review by halloosa

ok game - The game is a good game if you have a bit of time but it olny has 3 playable levels and olny lets you play as one race. It also doesnt let you get new ships. In review it is a good game but too limited

Found helpful by 5 out of 11 people
Version 1.55.2
Review by Mark Shaw

Not worth your time. - I should have read the reviews on the App Store instead of taking a 3rd Party's word that it was decent. The startup screen with the menu buttons comes up with music. You click a button, it highlights, the music changes and thats it. The manual button if pressed first will take you to the webpage. Other wise you can esc and press another button for a whole lot of the same highlighted button and music start. Thats the extent of the game for me. After 6 months of time and with all the complaints of crashes you'd think, "Hey, if someone wants to try our game they are going to use the free demo before spending any money", and realize you should fix it. I will not give this game a second chance or any other game by this company a first chance. If you can't take the time to release a finished product I can't take the time to try it out.

Found helpful by 3 out of 4 people