This economic strategy gem is focused entirely on exploration, expansion and exploitation. Most planets your probes uncover can be colonized. Each requires one or more resources and produces a resource. The goal is to create efficient routes (slipways) so that every planet’s needs are met and the population is happy. There’s also new techs to be researched and goals you can choose from.
Game is turn based with each action taking a number of months. At the end of 25 years,you receive a score based on your empire’s level of development, happiness level, and victory points earned by completing quests. There’s a campaign of some sorts, but I haven’t done well enough in the sandbox to unlock it.
My only complaint is there doesn’t seem to be a way to scroll through your colonies from the planetary view.
Highly recommended. Here’s Quill18 playing.