So when I followed all my friends over to Facebook (the tumbleweeds at MySpace were getting boring to talk to), I initially resisted the Facebook game apps. I eventually started playing FarmVille and CafeWorld. Once I started I really got hooked; I loved that I could turn my Cafe into my own pizza parlor, and I became a true FarmVille junkie, planning my crops around my social commitments. I rarely spent real money on the game; I say rarely, because when they did an "alien invasion" theme week, I couldn't resist buying a crashed UFO to put in the middle of my crops.
Well... now there's a game with spaceships in it!
In Galactic Trader, you build your fleet, explore strange new worlds... and strip mine them of all their resources! You meet new life and new civilizations... and blow them all up!
Seriously though, the game gives you tasks to complete, as you help mine resources so that different organizations can build spaceships, space stations, hyperspace bypasses and so on. The more you play the more systems you unlock, the bigger ships you can build, and the aliens you meet get tougher.
And a lot of the hardware is very reminiscent of other media. For example:
|Colony Ship or Colonial Battlestar?|
|Ressearch Station or Cardassian Station?|
|Space Academy or... ummm, Space Academy?!?|
|Scarlet Raptor or Starfury?|
|Cargo Ship or Space Galleon?|
|Super Cargo Ship or Space Battleship?|
The game has a total of 12 missions, and while I was going through those missions I was totally hooked. After about two weeks I finished them all, and after that... nothing. There's no "Congratulations!" message, no direction on what to do now, and a plot line about hidden artifacts that's kind of left hanging. I'm hoping the creators of the game are planning more missions.
Now that I'm done with all the missions, my enthusiasm for the game has dropped down to much more rational levels. I can build up my fleet and my resources at my leisure. I'm still way ahead of all of my friends, so I can make necessary materials they might need available to them, which is good because right now I can beat them all in war games, and I'd like them to start giving me a challenge since none of the alien races do anymore.
The more systems you unlock, the richer minerals you can mine. So I came up with a "cheat sheet" chart to help me be able to tell where to find each one without constantly having to click on every planet. If you play the game, here they are. Click on them for bigger, more usable versions.
So if you're interested in playing, the game can be found on Facebook at http://apps.facebook.com/galactic-trader/?ref=ts.