Starcraft by Blizzard Entertainment

Editor's Rating: 5.0/5
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At the time of this article, StarCraft is 10 years and 10 months old, yet far away from being abandonware. In the past week, Blizzard has released an official patch, probably making it the oldest updated game and last Thursday UC Berkeley started teaching StarCraft courses to its students.. Given the recent buzz, here is GameGoldie’s review of StarCraft!

Overview

This is a real-time strategy game like Age of Empires, Command & Conquer and some of the other titles, such as the Warcraft series, that Blizzard has produced. You play one of 3 races: the humanoid Terrans, the bug-like Zerg or the reptilian Protoss. Each race has its own advantages, with unique units, graphics and personality. There’s actually a fairly well-developed storyline for the game in the players’ guide, with histories of each race and run-downs of the characters you’ll encounter in the campaigns. The setting is 24th-Century futuristic, after Earth citizens have burned themselves out and have migrated to other parts of the galaxy. They run into the Zerg and the Protoss while fighting for planetary dominance on the Galactic Rim.

Download

Latest updates and instructions:

  • 9:30 PM March 23, 2010 UTC: ThePirateBay removed the Windows download, please be patient while we find another reliable source or migrate to OpenBitTorrent
  • 9:03 AM March 25, 2010 UTC: We have updated the download source. This Windows Starcraft version is easy to install, just decompress the .7z archive with 7zip or WinZIP and run StarCraft.exe. There is no virus, we scanned the files with Nod32 and Kaspersky, however you should verify this yourself. Some of the instructional comments regarding ISO’s and virtual CD’s are now absolete.
  • October 10, 2010: New download source for the Windows version. BitLet (the beginners download method) wasn’t working with the old torrent file. However, the new one is very compact and takes less time to download. For install instructions read INSTALLATION.txt. The game installs and plays flawless, and it’s also virus free (please scan the files yourself). Please give us feedback using the comment form.

defending two bunkers from zerg acidy spit

Gameplay, Controls, Interface

Like most games of this type, gameplay is on a playing field, with controls and a mini-map at the bottom of the screen. Units are controlled via mouse or keyboard shortcuts. You gather resources, in this case minerals and Vespene gas, to afford to produce workers, military units, buildings and upgraded technologies. You can play as a single player on different campaigns and scenarios, or multiplayer via network or on the Internet at Battle.net. Play, especially in battle situations, is very fast, although games themselves can last quite a while (hours, even) especially if the players are evenly matched. If you’ve already played this type of game before, you should be able to adapt to the feel of play fairly easily. Some units move so fast that it can be quite a task to follow them quickly enough with your mouse to select them. You can also self-design single or multi-player scenarios, or modify design on some of the already-installed scenarios.

Graphics

attacking the zerg enemy with protoss

Overall, outstanding — some of the best out there. The little movies that they play during some of the campaigns and right after installation are amazing. They do restrict you to a certain screen resolution (640 x 480) but because of the smallish size of the units, this makes sense. Some units, particularly Terran buildings, look so much alike that it can be difficult to tell them apart until you have played for awhile and get used to the subtle differences. The whole visual effect is very dark, which can make units difficult to see sometimes, so you may want to turn up the brightness on your monitor if you are having trouble. The control panel, while graphically nice to look at, takes up a bit too much screen real estate and could have been made smaller in relation to the playing field to avoid having to scroll so much during play. Map borders on the playing field also could be better defined, as it seems as if there is more map to look at when scrolling to the novice player, and you just run into a frustrating dead-end.

Audio

Very good and clear. Distinguishing between some of the odd sounds the units and buildings make takes experience, and sometimes the noises seem a bit incongruous with what they are supposed to represent. Music is very good. Definitely a game to buy good speakers for.

System Requirements

Operating Systems
Windows 2000/XP/Vista Macintosh
  • Pentium 90 or higher
  • 16 MB RAM
  • DirectX-Compatible SVGA Video Card
  • Microsoft-Compatible Mouse
  • 2X CD-ROM Drive for Game Play (4X for Cinematics)
  • PowerMac or Compatible
  • Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher is required
  • 16 MB RAM
  • 256 Color, 640×480 Display or Better
  • 2X CD-ROM Drive for Game Play (4X for Cinematics)

Documentation

Video snapshot of Zergling's body

There is a tech tree chart of the buildings and a good manual that comes with the game. Reading both before play is a good idea. The manual gives background on the storyline and each of the three races, plus gives more specifics about each unit. Considering that many units look similar and there isn’t a lot of on-screen information about what each unit is and does, the printed material is a big help. If you’re a fan, you may want to buy the StarCraft Battle Chest for $20 because it also includes strategy guides.

Parental Warning

This old game, while not as graphically violent as many games out there, is still fairly raw and also includes a fair amount of off-color language. Parents may want to restrict this game to older children.

Bottom Line

Starcraft definitely ranks at the top of the heap for games in its class, and this is not only my own opinion. The inclusion of female characters is welcome and mostly well-done, if a bit on the just-there-for-decoration side. The cinematic animations are outstanding, dramatic and funny. Even the voice-over acting is really good. Multiplayer games are fast and furious, though it can take a while to get used to how alliances and teaming works. Scenarios are fun, but unless you’ve played for a while already and are familiar with the game, the computer players will come in and kick your butt. Save those for when you’re used to playing. A great game with lots of replayability and hours of time-consuming fun.

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Covers and labels

front cover back cover disc label

Wallpapers

protos wallpaper zerg wallpaper terran wallpaper

Screenshots

terran vulture attack protos protos carrier attack humans starcraft human base

Starcraft by Blizzard Entertainment, reviewed by Stilgar on 2009-02-01T15:06:49+00:00 rating 5.0 out of 5

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161 Comments

  1. Massive Attack
    Posted February 1, 2009 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

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  2. Yzipit
    Posted February 1, 2009 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    Yo dawg, I heard you like Starcraft so we put a Zerg in yo Terran so you can kill both while U kill.

    infested terran

    • jeremy
      Posted January 12, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

      that was one of the funniest comments i have ever read

  3. carlos
    Posted February 14, 2009 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    questo gioco e vellisimo ma voglio scaricarlo

  4. admin
    Posted June 29, 2009 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Comments posted before the HDD malfunction:

    nicko Said,

    is there a full version of starcraft. wherein i can download the game for free
    Nik Said,

    Best.Damn.Game.Ever.

    EVVVVARRRRRR
    Mironic Said,

    awsome… i got it for free with everything… welll it still downloading >.
    Mironic Said,

    Nicko …. its there just go to the “direct download”… not the torrent… ( if you want the torrent use Utorrent )
    jeanel Said,

    im an addict to this game! just a question, can i download full version of it for free? where? pls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Ean Said,

    THE best game out in my opinion, I’m in Starcraft 2 beta going to be able to get that soon about a month Blizz said. Damn good game!
    mexicanpizza88 Said,

    how do you get the program to read after it has completed downloading?
    CAMY Said,

    I LOVE YOU GUYS I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR A FREE VERSTION OF THIS GAME FOR MONTHS AND ALL I FOUND WAS TORRENTS. I do not know how 2 use torrents.

    thanks
    youngkim0827 Said,

    I got a cd-key code but I can not play it, because I do not have a cd disc for starcraft. How can I play without the disc.
    denis Said,

    yo, how long does the pirated version of this take to load?
    PaO_GaDz Said,

    i really hope that what I’m downloading is really the complete version of the game..
    well if it is, its going to be really cool, but if its not, I’m gonna be really so pissed!!
    zoelindonesian Said,

    i really like this game…, n i’am searching it for 3 years….. thanks
    stick Said,

    so does this dl really work or what guys???
    stick Said,

    how long does this download take????
    ballerz Said,

    thanks for the key Massive Attack
    awsomeguy Said,

    DUDE TY SOO MUCH I GOT THE GAME 4 FREE thanks!!!!!!
    Alex Said,

    The best game ever, I’ve been a huge fan since i was little(about 6 years ago). I can’t wait for Star Craft 2!!! It’s the first game I’m buying for my new computer!
    halokid1 Said,

    hey i always played this in my laptop but it broke i got the game and broodwar (expantion) but i lost the cd-key anyone tell me a way to use it with out the cd-key or something plz
    ƒlppy Said,

    cd key 7090-37633-2276
    halokid1 Said,

    ty
    siloviki Said,

    I let it download, now the D/L bar says 100% but it states “seeding” over top of that. And has been stuck there for hours. What next?

    • jane
      Posted February 8, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

      seeding means its done
      u can go to the file and open it

  5. Posted June 30, 2009 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    I loved this game and lost the cd key thanks for the torrent.

  6. DarkSC
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    Hey guys I really need this game and I dont want to use Torrents as this is a new computer and this is really the only d.l that I trust for this game that is Virus free (Thx Gamegoldies) and I was wondering if even you have this game if you would seed or you just finished downloading it if you would leave the browser up so it can seed so I can get this game =D thx.

  7. jeremiah
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    this is so cool

  8. DarkSC
    Posted July 10, 2009 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    Well I seeded after finishing downloading for the rest of the day for others. Now that I got the files all it contains is the ISO which brang up problems with C++ the patches and the Keygen. Iso’s I thought were for mounting images, the setups are not actually included in the files, any help? If im correct its a day’s waste, dont even seed….

  9. DarkSC
    Posted July 11, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Well turns out the problem was with my magic iso not with the iso they provided.

    Thx gamegoldies.

    @Mexicanpizza: Use a program called Magic Iso

  10. Wayne Barker (South Africa)
    Posted July 15, 2009 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    I bought the official broodwar add-on will it work on this download? I cant find the official startcrraft game anywhere anymore.

    • admin
      Posted July 15, 2009 at 9:01 am | Permalink

      Yes Wayne Barker, it will probably work.

      • Wayne Barker (South Africa)
        Posted July 15, 2009 at 10:46 am | Permalink

        Confirmed. It does work with my original broodwar. Thank you.

  11. Gebek
    Posted July 20, 2009 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    This game is a fuckin’ legend.

  12. joanna_sexycutie
    Posted July 22, 2009 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    hi guys…I’ve finished downloading it. What shall I do? Will I have to buy a blank cd to burn the soft cd with the download? what should I click??please help me…..

  13. hornhammer
    Posted July 31, 2009 at 6:18 am | Permalink

    when its seedin’ it means its finishered and now it just sharing with other ppl

  14. Isaiah
    Posted August 2, 2009 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    I am a die hard fan of this game. I started playing SC brood wars back in 96 and was major time into the competition of it overseas in Seoul.S.korea. it still is til this day a national favorite. and mass competitions are still held for this game alone. Pc rooms -where you rent a pc for an hour cheap) you will see mostly SC-Broodwars and all other types of SC on them. I went i believe close to 12 hrs str8 playing both online and against the 25 pc’s in the room. i couldnt stop.!!!
    havent played it since 98 tho. so im rough. it just sucks that it takes forever to download the P.Version via torrent.

  15. Rippedstar
    Posted August 7, 2009 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    the cd key wont work for bnet?

  16. Posted August 10, 2009 at 5:33 am | Permalink

    thank for game…is super game>:)

  17. Schmidt
    Posted August 12, 2009 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    Hey Guys, cool – But PirateBay is blocked in all of Denmark ;-(
    Can you upload it on MegaUpload or something like that ?

    - Please

  18. RhysP
    Posted August 13, 2009 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    Hey ive just downloaded this game with Bittorent, took me 2 days , finally got there and when i open the containing folder the files are ISO file’s and when i open the files it asks me to choose which program to open it from. Im a noobie with the torrent downloading thing so ive got no idea how to get the game working.

  19. RhysP
    Posted August 13, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Ok worked out the ISO file problem, just use magic ISO maker and extract the files to my program files, but now the game has installed it says something on the lines of insert the CD, but the whole idea of downloading games is to not use the CD wtf how do i get past this ?

  20. Dylan
    Posted August 14, 2009 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    the Pirated version takes about and hour and a half to dl depending on how fast your internet and computer is. Be patient i mean its downloading a whole game for pete’s sake. it’s gonna take awhile

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