Smugglers 4 Review

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Smugglers 4

Choose a profession, join a faction, and travel the galaxy fighting and trading in this excellent turn-based sci-fi game!

Avg. Rating: 4.33 / 5

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  • What's Free - Play game for 60 minutes.
  • File Size - 37.2 MB
  • Play It On - Win XP/Vista/7


DFG Exclusive Review Summary

A very good game, far above average & recommended.


  • Choose from 6 different professions including trader, combat trader, mercenary, bounty hunter, smuggler, and pirate
  • Earn promotions and ranks to unlock 60 different abilities and upgrade your ship captain
  • Join one of four factions, each with their own strengths, and watch as your actions influence the galaxy
  • Fly a variety of ships including fighters, corvettes, freighters, cruisers, and even powerful battleships, with numerous ship upgrades as well
  • Lots to do - 24 star systems containing over 75 planets, an intricate supply and demand based trade system, and a non-linear war campaign


  • It can be difficult to make a large profit through the trading system and this makes the early gameplay a bit dull
  • The low resolution graphics cause some issues in that the combat isn't all that eye catching and some of the info screens get in the way, such as the trade screen blocking prices at local planets




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Game Description

Make your way in the universe through good or evil, fighting or peaceful trading!

Smugglers 4 is a turn based science-fiction space combat & trading game. Become a greedy trader, an ambitious bounty hunter, a ruthless pirate, or one of the many other professions that the game has to offer.

Not only do you choose your profession but you will need to declare which faction you will fight for. Whose side will you be on?


Through trading, fulfilling missions, or pirating, you earn the money and skills necessary to buy new ships and upgrade your equipment. Become more powerful, gaining in experience points and rank and able to take on bigger missions, more cargo for higher profits, and more lucrative raids upon your enemies.

As you gain in power you'll have to manage a crew, board & plunder enemy ships, and even conquer star systems!


Smugglers 4 offers you open-ended gameplay where the opportunities are virtually limitless, and your actions will ultimately have an impact on a galactic scale!

Smugglers 4 Factions:

  • Federation - Primary government of humanity. Brought peace and prosperity for all humans & helped colonize barren worlds. Currently involved in a galaxy-wide crackdown on rebel planets. Strong faction of choice for traders, mercenaries, and bounty hunters.
  • Outer Rim Alliance - Claims Federation is a ruthless tyrant, fraudulent and unjust. Federation has benefited from risks & labor of the colonists. Demands freedom and will fight for it! Faction of choice for any profession.
  • Coalition - Business alliance pursuing galactic neutrality. Long term goal of freedom through financial prosperity. Faction of choice for experienced traders.
  • Syndicate - Faction of the criminal underworld. Allied with the Jalkath aliens, gaining their superior technology & desiring the conquest of Earth and new empire to replace the Federation. Faction of choice for smugglers & pirates.

Smugglers 4 Features:

  1. Acquire up to 60 different abilities and choose between 6 different professions (trader, combat trader, mercenary, bounty hunter, smuggler, pirate).
  2. 24 star systems with over 75 planets. Visit your favorite planets or discover some new systems. Beautifully crafted planet art.
  3. Improved crew combat from previous Smugglers games now featuring battle droids, EMP weapons and commando attacks. You can board and capture enemy ships.
  4. New turn-based space combat system including different abilities such as cloaking, recharging shields, boarding enemy ships, etc.
  5. Improved non-linear war and campaign system. You can influence the war and how you do that is now displayed even better.
  6. Unique text engine providing different storylines of the war and mission descriptions (e.g. 10,000 different war declarations possible). Maybe this is the first time this has been successfully accomplished in a computer game.
  7. Special locations spawning on the map (like hidden treasures, spy ships, VIP traders, alien artifacts...).
  8. Become Admiral and get command over a fleet of ships (in some missions).
  9. Attack large space stations and conquer whole star systems!
  10. Special end-game content: 7 new missions only available for battleships!

Smugglers 4 Review

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Review by Alex

Smugglers 4 is a space based trading game that starts with the buy-low, sell-high component and expands to include a galaxy spanning war between four powerful factions.

Choose Your Profession

At the beginning of the game you get the option to pick from six professions, such as trader, mercenary, and pirate, and each starts out with a particular set of abilities. You then pick to join the side of one of four factions, such as the entrenched Federation, rebellious Outer Rim Alliance, or the underworld Syndicate, and start out as an unknown fighter captain ready to make his impact on the galaxy.


Tons of Missions and Upgrades

This is where Smugglers 4 really shines in that there are a wide variety of missions or tasks which you can undertake in order to increase your funds, fame, and overall experience. You can simply go on cargo runs, search and destroy pesky pirates, attack enemy freighters, and many other missions which can fill your own coffers and increase your prestige and rank within your faction, which unlocks further abilities to make your captain more efficient and your ship better during combat. The ability to explore 24 star systems and fight for your faction that influence the overall war really help to bring you into the game and keeps things interesting as you work to upgrade your captain, purchase better ships, and equipment more powerful and advanced ship components.

A Few Drawbacks

There are some issues though, especially early on in the game. For starters, even though the game is based off of trading it can be rather difficult to actually make a large profit off of this since prices within systems aren't very different. This slows down the gameplay early on since you need at least a corvette size ship to travel between systems and they don't come cheap. Add into this fact that your ship doesn't have the most cargo space early on and you can find yourself running repeatedly between planets to try and get enough money saved up. Then, there are a lot of random ship battles as you fly between planets, even in your faction controlled areas. This does help in leveling up your character but it isn't that rewarding since the turn-based combat is rather bland. These two facts mean an early gameplay experience which could turn some players away.

Another issue is with the low resolution graphics which don't do much to draw in players. Usually graphics aren't a big deal as long as they don't interfere with the gameplay, but in this case they can at times such as with the trade screen blocking off some planets and making it difficult to see the local system prices for certain goods.


Conclusion - Fun Space Trading Game

Overall, Smugglers 4 does provide some decent trade-based strategic space action that has a good amount of player customization options. While there are issues which could certainly turn off some players and hamper the general gameplay, there are many intriguing and interesting elements that can be found if one is able to push through the earlier parts of the game.

While Smugglers 4 may not be for everyone, it certainly provides an entertaining experience that trade-based strategy fans new and old are sure to enjoy.

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