Video Game Review: Stellaris


Platform: PC

Rating:  Ages 10+

Genre: Strategy

First Released: May 2016

Part of a Series? Nope! Get it on Steam (hopefully during one of their sales) anytime and dive in!

Brief Synopsis:

“Explore a vast galaxy full of wonder! Paradox Development Studio, makers of the Crusader Kings and Europa Universalis series presents Stellaris, an evolution of the grand strategy genre with space exploration at its core.”


Are you impatient? Then this DEFINITELY isn’t the game for you. It’s super interesting, but there’s a lot of waiting in between actions while you’re waiting for your scientists to survey planets and your military to find new planets for your scientists to survey!

It’s a space strategy game where you are at the head of an alien race and desire to expand your empire across the universe. Encounter space pirates, hostile aliens and even some friendly ones.

So far in my case, I’ve only really encountered hostiles. They keep destroying my army! Rude! I’M JUST EXPLORING GUIZ. SERIOUSLY. CAN’T WE BE FRIENDS? (The answer is eventually. If you try hard enough? I’m apparently not very good at this. /sobs )

So how do you win?

Per the Stellaris wiki

There are three ways to achieve victory in Stellaris:


  • Domination, which requires you to own 40% of all colonizable planets. Planets owned by vassals count but those owned by allies and Federation members do not.
  • Conquest, which requires you to conquer or subjugate all other empires. Fallen empires do not need to be conquered.
  • Federation, which require the federation which you’re a part of to own 60% of all colonizable planets.


Any empire, even an AI empire, can end up meeting the victory conditions, though the AI ignores their existence and may thus only win as a result of other priorities. However, if an empire is a vassal or protectorate, they cannot claim victory under any circumstance.

The game can be continued even after an empire claims victory.

To me, this doesn’t matter too much because I just enjoy the journey, rather than trying to get to certain win conditions. My favorite part so far is discovering new planets and meeting new aliens! (Even if some of them kill my military D: I’ve since learned to have two fleets and split them. One in one direction, and one in the other!)

Need help getting started? It’s definitely overwhelming at first! But super fun once you get into it. Here’s some links for you to explore.

Now go out and colonize some planets!


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