This page lists all the reviews of Galactic Era I have found. If you know of any review not in this list, please contact me.
(scroll a bit down to the second game in the list)
The German boardgame news website Brettspiel-News played a session of Galactic Era. This is a translated excerpt of their detailed report:
“… My first impression is quite positive. The game appealed to me, although I usually shy away from longer games. I wanted to finish it, even though I was not winning anymore. … Just the fact that so much stuck with me and how much I heard from the other players shows that the game works well as such. The rounds seem to go by quickly, almost all of what the other players are doing is relevant. There are so many paths to go down. … This is important to know in an asymmetric game and it shows that the meticulous work that the author has invested has definitely paid off. We only scratched the surface and as already emphasized this is only the very first impression of the game. … If you are looking for a space / 4X game with great potential then you should take a closer look at Galactic Era. This is an insider tip for me, which is definitely worth a look and deserves the chance to prove itself on the table.”
Read the full report in German here.
“I had the fortune to play this very outstanding space exploration game. While the tiles look similar to Gaia Project, it is a completely different experience. I really enjoyed that there are multiple tactics to earn points: peaceful exploration, growth and warfare are pretty balanced and there is no dice luck involved. Playing the Avians and starting on a home star sector, which already gave +1 Spirituality I decided to start with an additional Robotics skill point instead. Nonetheless, I lost the game, but only very close. All in all this is a very recommendable masterpiece. ”
Marius Spix – https://boardgamegeek.com/article/33161401#33161401
“I have never had a smoother read of a rulebook for a game this complex.”
Joseph Summa, MeepleGamers
see also here
“We played Galactic Era yesterday in our local gaming club. Channing visited us with two games and we play at two tables.
All people really liked it very much. Tension from start to finish. The game is between Twilight Imperium and Eclipse but much closer to Eclipse.
I would like to make another comparison. For me it feels like Terra Mystica in Space with Fun. Not like Gaia Project this was no fun for me. The races fit perfectly into the overall system through small changes and allow completely different strategies.
You have to make hard decisions, manage a lack of resources and actions, there are hidden fleet movements, death lasers, planets to discover and neighbors you can love or hate.
The switch between good and bad side is really a game changer. The races almost double in the game and you can turn your strategy around 180° in the game if it seems favorable.
What I have to mention. The game is finished! It’s not a half-cooked project! The rules and iconography are worked out down to the last detail.
The playing time allows to play a 4 player game during the week without any problems.”
Marco Cervone from Board Game Revolution:
Ryan Schoon from Man vs. Meeple: