Starcraft by Blizzard Entertainment

Editor's Rating: 5.0/5
StarCraft PC Cover
GD Star Rating
loading...

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.

More Pictures

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

This entry was posted in Real-Time

161 Comments

  1. david
    Posted October 15, 2009 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    ok guys every time i try to play it says it needs a disk. what do i do. i don’t have the disk hints why i downloaded it

  2. jdizzle
    Posted October 19, 2009 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    ok so i downloaded the direct version but how do you play the game? it won’t let me play it without inserting the CD rom which i don’t have

  3. Posted October 20, 2009 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    i download the pirated version .. how long will it end???? hope its really the full version of starcraft.. i love this game…

  4. Posted October 20, 2009 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    jason p. bernal is an addict fan of this game…

  5. timeforfunstuff
    Posted October 21, 2009 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    How can I get this to run without a CD? Do I just need the patch or do i have to do something like change StarCrafts install.exe to Starcraft.mpq, and BroodWar.mpq? I got the .mpq from another site.

  6. timeforfunstuff
    Posted October 21, 2009 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    Nevermind the .mpq works Guys Starcraft rules… and I hope you enjoy it… I can tell you how to set it up for XP. Goto Start > All programs > accessories > and Windows Explorer. Goto Tool (ALT+T) > Folder options. Goto the View tab > and make sure that Hide extensions for known file types is not checked… Once done you can close Windows Explorer. Now go to where you saved StarCrafts Installation files copy the original Starcrafts installation file. Goto My Computer > Local Disk(C:) > Program Files > StarCraft > and paste in and rename it from Install.EXE to StarCraft.mpq > then copy the StarCraft Brood War install file… and paste in the StarCraft program file. Now rename this Install.EXE to BroodWar.mpq. Now that you have done this, you should be able to run both StarCrafts without the StarCraft CD.

  7. JAY
    Posted October 21, 2009 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    I JUST SPENT ALL FRICKIN DAY DOWNLOADING THIS NOW IT WANTS A CD WHAT IS THE DEAL!!!!!!

    • admin
      Posted January 8, 2010 at 11:59 am | Permalink

      Burn the downloaded CD image to a disc.

  8. Lincoln
    Posted October 22, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    right so this doesnt do me much good without the cd key

  9. Zack
    Posted October 25, 2009 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    This is the best game in the world!

  10. nj
    Posted October 28, 2009 at 3:59 am | Permalink

    hey nice one lol nice game i love it

  11. Seth
    Posted October 28, 2009 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    CD key does not work, can someone please post a working one for 1.161 patch?

  12. John
    Posted October 29, 2009 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    YAY! McAfee approvede site. This game is a legend, and now its safe to get for free, albeit totally illegally… (i think it is, anyway)

  13. STARCRAFTFAN
    Posted October 30, 2009 at 4:53 am | Permalink

    IT ROX IT ROX!

  14. TonyF
    Posted October 30, 2009 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    What RhysP said: ISO downloaded and extracted via Magic ISO; but asking for cd when try to start game…whats the last part of this process?

  15. TyFet
    Posted November 1, 2009 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    It took me 2 days to download this game, but it works. For the other guys asking: I mounted the ISO via MagicISO, installed the game, and played. :) Serial numbers are in the first comment (Massive Attack).

  16. Ashfyr
    Posted November 2, 2009 at 2:32 am | Permalink

    So, How does these ISOs work? Do you just extract and burn to CD+R?

    • admin
      Posted January 8, 2010 at 11:51 am | Permalink

      No need to extract. Use “burn image” function in Nero, Power ISO, Magic ISO, etc… OR mount the iso file in a virtual CD drive.

  17. Levi
    Posted November 2, 2009 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much, I lost my cd to the original but still had the cd key. Now I can load this on my new computer.

  18. Ian
    Posted November 5, 2009 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    Hey how do I get the program to work when its done downloading? also do you know where I can download Warcraft II?

  19. knivelord
    Posted November 5, 2009 at 3:35 am | Permalink

    i installed original and broodwarsbut its asking me for a cd how do i get around this i dont have a cd thats why i downloaded it can anyone help me

    • admin
      Posted January 8, 2010 at 11:46 am | Permalink

      Mount the image with Nero, PowerISO, Daemon Tools, etc. Or use a NoCD crack.

  20. MANE
    Posted November 6, 2009 at 3:42 am | Permalink

    ive downloaded the game but is at 99% what to do

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

*
*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>