Gratuitous Space Battles

Developer: Red Marble Games

Current Version: 1.60

Last Updated: 4 years ago

Download Size: 59.5 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.

If fighting against a fixed fleet of enemy ships isn't your thing, then GSB also has two 'survival mode' maps. In these battles, your fleet is helplessly outnumbered by wave after wave of enemies that warp in and attack you. Your fleet's final defeat is certain, but how many enemy ships will you blast to atoms before you go down with your ship?

Your space fleet awaits!


Release Notes:

-- Direct control of ships during battle! (visit for instructions)

-- Zippy new shield and shockwave effects

-- Updated graphics engine to modern Mac technologies

-- A few bug fixes


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.55.3
Review by Opus Is Under The Bed

Gratuitous Space Battles - A very enjoyable game. I hope the developer will continue expanding it's scope and challenges. The support from Red Marble Games is huge. I've never seen a software company respond so quickly and display such concern, in helping players enjoy their gaming.

Found helpful by 4 out of 4 people
Version 1.60
Review by RDRPTR

DO NOT BUY!!! - I'll give them this, the concept is awesome and interface is, at the very least, thought out. Someone put real effort into the art, process, and idea of the game, and it shows (or at least it did in the previous version). ...But then the code guy got a hold of it. Buying this app will do you as much good as downloading malware. It will cost you money and it will completely lock up your machine. I don't normally like to make a fuss. I don't normally write reviews or rate things. But the code end of this game is unforgivably out of order and it just breaks my heart to see such an awesome concept go down because some idiot didn't do his job. Shame on you code guy! Shame on you!

Found helpful by 20 out of 23 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.60
Review by Super six Four

Used to be awesome - Once upon a time, this game was an App Store gem- an awesome app with an amazing amount of detail and depth that could easily eat up a lazy afternoon. As of the last update, however, this has changed dramatically. This is now little more than a useless dock icon. I don't know what happened, but if you're thinking of buying, wait for the next update. The most recent patch will lock your system up every time. Note that I only rate this application as one star because of its current inability to function. This inability aside, it's an amazing, detailed, and wonderfully thought out game that combines strategy, tongue-in-cheek humor, incredible detail, and, well, gratuitously awesome space battles into one cool game. Once they fix the bug, pick it up and give it a try. I guarantee you'll love it. However, until then, stay away.

Found helpful by 9 out of 9 people
Version 1.60
Review by sss4r

Did you test this version at all? - It's impossible to name a ship as my input characters are being converted to gibberish. I cannot zoom out with the trackpad without causing the view to move up. Thanks for upgrading the game to v1.6, but something is very wrong.

Found helpful by 8 out of 8 people
Version 1.60
Review by Asc34643

I feel cheated - After paying for this game I find the demo works better(it has working sound fx) and 3/4 of the features are still locked, not that they do much anyway. There are only a handful of missions which take about an hour to play through. The idea is cool but it doesn’t function. Giving your ships orders don’t seem to make any difference as they do whatever they want anyway. After I purchase the game I find out that everything you’d expect to get with a game purchase(namely, you know, the game) is an add-on that costs additional money. Very poor business plan in breaking a whole game into pieces and then charging additional fees for everything. This kind of bait and switch garbage is why I almost never buy games, because companies seem to think scamming people is a better method than actually making a good product. I want my money back and won’t be buying any more red marble games.

Found helpful by 8 out of 8 people
Version 1.60
Review by ToddLouisGreen

GSB: Now Worse than the Economy - While it was always a little buggy, this game was fun to play until this recent update. As others have mentioned, text input is all screwed up. How did such a buggy update get released and how has it stayed as-is for so long? I tried contacting the developer and they simply passed me off to Red Marble, the porting company.

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people
Version 1.60
Review by WVPseudonym

I wish it would lock up my machine... - But it doesn't even show the load screen, it crashes too quickly.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people