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Starship Patrol Review
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Posted: 3 months ago, last updated 7 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Starship Patrol (Starship Defense) is a shooting game where you defend your ship from waves of enemy attackers. You have a combination of static guns and defence ships to form an efficient strategy. It's well executed, but most unusual for its hand drawn, graph-paper, visuals and simple touch screen interface on the DS and 3DS.

Play involves tapping on the screen to place your weapons to strategic positions. You use energy collected from defeated enemies to purchase more powerful weapons. As you progress you find power crystals that unlock advanced attacks, including the ability to summon a devastating black hole. You can also call in special characters to help you in different ways if you are stuck.

There are 30 levels to work through as you advance from lowly recruit to fleet admiral.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 18/12/2009, updated in 2011

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS and DS

Genres: Puzzle, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: Pixel Junk News (@PixelJunkNews)


Duration: It takes between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round of this game.
Players: This is a single player game.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. It was originally a download game on the DS store. This was discontinued but these ~/nintendo-dsi-shop-service-discontinuation-q%26a-%28updated-3%2F31%2F17%29 DSi games are is still available in the eShop on the 3DS.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 7.

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Starship Patrol Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@PixelJunkNews) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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