Hands-on with Galaxy on Fire: Alliances

Be sure to check out the fifteen-minute Extended Edition Director's Cut below!

Fishlabs was quietly showing off an alpha build of their upcoming free-to-play galactic empire game, Galaxy on Fire: Alliance at GDC 2013, and we got some time to play around with it.

If you've ever played Mob Wars or anything like that, you'll be familiar with the idea of building up a persistent force of troops and taking the fight to other players in the game. Galactic commanders have to form alliances, harvest planetary resources, build ships, and improve their character's skills to cut out their territory in the stars.

Usually, these base-building games that rely on long cooldown periods are very starkly text-based, and at best have well-created icons, but Galaxy on Fire: Alliance turns that notion on its head by implementing some exceptionally great graphics. The version of Galaxy on Fire: Alliances that we were shown was still in the very early stages, but the concept screenshots that we were shown of what's coming looked extremely promising. Even on the mechanics front, Galaxy on Fire: Alliances looks like it will be doing some unique things with coordinating attacks among other alliance members. It sounds like in-app purchases will be employed exclusively to speed up tasks, so nobody should have to worry about being steamrolled by a ridiculously massive star destroyer just because some dude was willing to pay five bucks for it.

Though I'm hesitant to apply the real-time strategy or the MMO label on this game as liberally as Fishlabs has here, Galaxy on Fire: Alliances will very clearly be raising the bar for these types of games, whatever you want to call them. Keep an eye out on this one in the third quarter of the year.

Simon Sage

Editor-at-very-large at Mobile Nations, gamer, giant.

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Hands-on with Galaxy on Fire: Alliances

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I have never played Galaxy On Fire but the video of the game here in this article reminds me a lot of the game called Galactic Civilizations from Stardock. I quite enjoyed playing that game. I'll have to remember to try this one when it comes out.

I never played Galaxy on Fire, but this game looks interesting. The graphics look amazing; however, I think it might require a gyroscope which means my iPad 1 is out in the cold. Shame. This game looks too big for iPhone. Oh well.

That definitely came to mind. I thought a bit of Spore too, as far as the planetary installation building goes.

I love the look of the the Alliances app. I am a 2nd generation Pilot Trader for this Galaxy on Fire genre type game (Elite C64, GOF, GOF2 with 2 add ons). Alliances looks interesting but I am going to be very disappointed if Fish labs does not put me in charge of an upgradable ship with awesome weapons because although I would love to put fleets into battle, I am not a General that does not ride up front into battle.