Smugglers 5 Beta launched!


Oct 19th, 2012 – Niels Bauer Games ( has launched the fifth instalment in the turn-based science-fiction space trading game series for PC-Windows. Will you be a greedy trader, an ambitious fleet pilot or a ruthless pirate? Board enemy ships, manage factories, conquer star systems and forge your own galactic empire - ultimately, your actions will have an impact on a galactic scale.

The fifth instalment in the long-running Smugglers series features a completely revised turn-based combat system and a range of new ships to fly, as well as a host of exciting features:

•             Explore the galaxy through a fast turn-based travel and combat system

•             4 factions; 6 professions with new, unique skill trees; 100+ different skills and a revised skill system

•             30+ spaceships and encounters ranging from fighters to battleships, cruise missiles and star bases

•             Non-linear war and campaign system. You can influence the war!

•             Manage a crew, board enemy ships, become an Admiral and command whole fleets

•             Plunder planets and pirate outposts, conquer space systems and even rule your own empire!

•             Supply and demand based trading with prices influenced by storyline and campaign

•             Advanced text generation technology and new short stories for planet exploration make every game different

•             Marry a beautiful wife and have children

•             Optional compatibility mode to allow blind players to enjoy the game

•             and much more ...

The six most important new features compared to Smugglers 4:

•             You can now start and rule your own empire!

•             Manage your own factories or pirate outposts

•             Raid and plunder planets or pirate outposts

•             80,000 words of new and dynamic short stories (the equivalent of a full length novel)

•             Completely revised skill and combat system

•             Play as an independent adventurer - or join the military

There's a ship in the hangar and the stars are calling to you. Don't keep them waiting.

Smugglers 5 is currently on sale as a beta version. All features are available, but you may still encounter a bug or problem.

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Niels Bauer Games is an independent developer from Germany since 1998.


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