Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 4 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
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  1. Dec 5, 2018
    90
    How well this will scale over the coming weeks and months is hard to predict, of course. But in its initial incarnation, Fleet Command that most rare of games: a deep mobile MMOG that combines its licence, metagame and gameplay in a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging manner.
  2. Dec 13, 2018
    82
    Maybe is more enjoyable on a PC than on a smartphone, but Star Trek: Fleet Command is anyway, and finally, a good game based on the beloved franchise also on mobile platforms.
  3. Dec 6, 2018
    80
    Between these two interlocking gameplay hemispheres, Star Trek: Fleet Command has a huge amount to offer. Fans of the series should enjoy the game’s sense of exploration and its idiosyncratic cast of characters, while fans of strategy-MMORPGs in general should appreciate this novel take on the genre. If you choose to boldly go, you won’t be disappointed.
  4. Dec 5, 2018
    80
    If you have been looking for a new game to carry around with you to play on while you wait for the bus, or your date, or a job interview, Star Trek Fleet Commander is a solid investment into mobile gaming. It will keep you engaged, busy, and entertained for weeks to come! For a free download, you certainly get a lot of game to consume and into one of my favorite universes to boot. That’s a one-two punch I can’t argue with.
User Score
2.4

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 9
  2. Negative: 6 out of 9
  1. Feb 17, 2019
    0
    A typical "collect resources and Player vrs Player" game based on Star Trek. When it's working, it can be a fun game to play but it's oftenA typical "collect resources and Player vrs Player" game based on Star Trek. When it's working, it can be a fun game to play but it's often plagued with bugs such as options that turn off, an inability to handle a momentary loss of internet connection in that it forces a full reboot of the game instead of picking up from its last state, and resource mines that show up on display but can't be 'found', Some of the features make for difficult play such as the need for uncommon resources for advancement that are obtained by random luck, the inability to protect certain resources, (vaults don't protect nearly enough) and the player vrs player limitations are based on level and not by strength, allowing players with considerably more powerful ships to attack weaker players who have no hope of defending themselves.

    The game is fun at the beginning but when you advance to the point where player vrs player is permitted and uncommon resources are needed to advance, it becomes drudgery.
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  2. Feb 11, 2019
    1
    This is a mining game, not a Star Trek game. While the initial experience is enjoyable, you (very quickly) get confronted with the obligationThis is a mining game, not a Star Trek game. While the initial experience is enjoyable, you (very quickly) get confronted with the obligation to land your ship on mining spots and leave them there for hours while they sloooowly mine the resources you need to continue playing. You need these resources to improve your ships and station, but so many mining spots are defective (or there simply aren't enough of them) that your ships get destroyed by stronger players. You return hours later, only to find out that your ship has mined 50 Tritanium out of the 25,000 you need.

    In the end, this is little more than a bully game where might makes right, and there's very little of the spirit of Star Trek. The graphics and characters are nice enough, but the essence of Trek is skin deep here. This should have been called "War of the Space Miners."

    Don't bother.
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  3. Feb 8, 2019
    7
    I've long been a fan of 4X strategy games and couldn't resist the chance to try one that runs entirely on my phone and has some decentI've long been a fan of 4X strategy games and couldn't resist the chance to try one that runs entirely on my phone and has some decent reviews.

    To summarise my opinion of it: it does the 4X pretty well, but there's hardly any strategy! You get to explore a very impressive-looking universe with your spaceships, expand your production facilities and follow a research tree; exploit resources by mining them; and exterminate NPCs or other players. All of that works well, with a very good user interface and almost no program glitches.

    However, when it comes to making strategic decisions, there are very few. Your starships can basically do three things: shoot other ships, mine resources, or carry out missions that reward you with resources. The missions are the same for every player though the order in which they happen depends on which planets you visit. And with very few exceptions, the missions require you to do one of three things: shoot ships; visit a location; or give away resources.

    The makers of the game have done their best to cover up the lack of strategic decisions with some tweaks. One is that your ships are crewed by characters from the various Star Trek series; a ship's abilities will differ slightly depending on its combination of crew. (Everyone has access to the same characters but the rate at which they appear is a bit of a lottery). Another is the idea that you can eventually join one of the Federation, Romulans or Klingons and settle in their parts of the universe. A third is that occasionally you are called on to make "moral decisions" -- for example, having captured a fugitive, do you hand him over to the guy seeking his head? Finally there's the standard MMORPG alliance system - being in an alliance grants you benefits when your allies get benefits, and also gives you access to a special shop where you can get stuff you can't get elsewhere.

    Ah, yes. The shop. Like most commercial MMORPG games, you are given the opportunity to spend real money to improve your chances. Rather than complain about this as exploitation, these days I just try to figure out how long the game can be played for free before non-payment becomes a real disadvantage. In this case, I'd estimate it at two weeks, because by that time you should have reached the point where you can attack other players;' base stations and vice versa, and so you will be severely handicapped if your resource production, defences or research fall behind. The game offers options in the research tree to give major boosts to several such abilities by spending real money. You can probably afford one of these boosts using freely collected in-game currency, which extends playability by a few days, but not the whole lot.

    For folk who are captivated by being part of the Star Trek Universe, or who want to set their own goals (e.g. research and build the Enterprise) it's a great game that will keep you occupied for a very long time. For fans of strategy games, look elsewhere.
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