Pixel Starships Galaxy - Secrets, Tips, and Easter Eggs
Pixel Starships Galaxy is an 8-bit retro graphics type game by Savy Soda. You command a starship from one of three factions (Federation, Pirate, or Qtarian) and battle other players or against NPC starships. Your ship can contain multiple rooms that can hold multiple crew members. Many room types can be upgraded multiple times (using Gas or Crystals) and crew members can also be leveled up (from 1 to max 40 using experience points). In addition, upgrading your ship (from level 1 to max level 12 using Crystals) increases space for placing more rooms.|
Crew RarityThere are many different crews you can obtain, each being from one of 7 rarity types (delineated by number of stars or an emblem):
You can merge two crews with same rarity to yield one higher rarity crew by putting the two lower rarity crews into the same bedroom and selecting Prestige option. The highest possible rarity is Legendary. Note that Special crews can't be prestiged (those with the Shield emblem), and two Hero crews merged together will yield a Legendary crew member (not a Special crew rarity). The recipe for what two crews yield which crew changes every 3 months. Crew members that are 3 stars or higher have a special ability that is unlocked when they are level 10 or higher.
All Crew Abilities in Pixel Starships GalaxyHere are all 14 Crew Abilities in Pixel Starships Galaxy:
Again, crews with abilities need to be level 10 or higher in order to use them (mainly via A.I. commands). Also, the NUMBER and PERCENTAGE above vary depending on level, type, training, and rarity of crew.
Crew Easter Eggs: Similarities to Real People (or Fictional Heroes)Although the names have been obscured, many of the crew members in Pixel Starships resemble historical characters or famous fictional characters in games or films. Some crew names are exactly the same as historical characters from Three Kingdoms period of China. Here is listing of some of them:
How To Get Mining Drone and Mine For Materials
How to get Mining Drone and location of all 10 Mineable Planets in the game Pixel Starships: Galaxy. Video shows a map of the galaxy of stars and where you can mine planets for Carbon, Iron, Gold, Silicon, and Titanium (2 planets possible for each material). There currently is no way to mine for Dark Matter. There is a Mining 102 mission (at Sirius star for Pirate faction, Alpha Centauri star for Federation faction, and Tau Ceti star for Qtarian faction) that allows you to get extra Mining Drones with each visit. You can get a maximum of 3 Mining Drones for 1 Starbux each, but for each drone, you must plant it (drill for material) before you can get another Mining Drone. Also, the planets where you can mine won't be activated unless you have a free Mining Drone in your inventory. Note that the max number of mining drones you can mine at the same time has changed across different versions. The 10 Planet's star system (and associated material fragments you can mine) are:
Mining 102 Location (by faction)
Video also shows how to warp to any planet fast (even across the galaxy) by finding a midway point and press "Rush Travel" if the travel time is less than 5 minutes. At the end of the video you get an example of combining fragments into upgraded materials and a sample PVP battle using edepot's Level 12 starship. Also, members of edepot's fleet are shown if you are interested in joining a fleet in Pixel Starships: Galaxy.
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Pixel Starships: Galaxy (PSSG) is a mobile game available for iOS and Android devices. Gameplay from iPad version of PSSG..
Tips and Tricks
Joining a FleetJoin a fleet when your starship reaches level 4. You can do this by building a Fleet Council room, clicking on it, then select Search. Search for "edepot" and join if you wish to join a top 100 fleet that also has a Starbase. Fleets with a starbase will help damage your opponent when you do PvP against other players. In addition, you can borrow crew members from other fleet members (more than supported by number of Bedrooms you have). As a bonus, edepot fleet has a Starbux Printer.
Starbux PrinterThe Starbux Printer in the fleet Starbase gives out a free Starbux multiple times per day. The good news is that every fleet member can get that same free Starbux, not limited to first come first serve. So if the Starbux printer gives out 5 Starbux per day, EVERY fleet member can get 5 extra Starbux per day. However, they all need to visit the Starbase and click on the free Starbux 5 times per day.
Room ArmorTry to place armor around small powered rooms (those that occupy 1 or 2 width spaces). Armor must be next to the room touching it (diagonally placed armor does not count). You may not have enough armor to guard every room, so protect the small powered rooms first, then continue to larger powered rooms. Smaller rooms are weaker than larger rooms, and needs more armor. Once you have done that, put armor modules (Succulent, Sandbags, etc) inside powered small rooms occupying 2 width spaces first, continuing to the powered larger rooms. A room is powered if it has green little squares above the room. Non-powered rooms have greater innate armor protection, so worry about the powered rooms first. One easy pattern of Armor placement is two horizontal parallel lines of Armor. The middle between the two Armor lines you would place 1 and 2 width rooms. The top and bottom layer of the two Armor lines, you place 3 width rooms.
Attacking StrategiesThere are many techniques to win battles against other starships. One technique is to teleport many crews to the other ship (telespam) to do damage to their reactors (energy generators), crew, or other types of rooms. Another is to only use Penetrator missiles to bypass room armor and damage the enemy starship's hull directly (penspam). One common late stage strategy is to have many Legendary crews having equipments that increase stats or abilities. These crew members then stand in important rooms to enhance the room's reload rate (rate of fire, rate of shield restoration, etc). You should set the A.I. of all your weapon rooms to target the same enemy room type (focus fire). In addition, target the smaller rooms, as they are weaker. One easy technique is to PP or PD weapons to take down enemy shields and then the rest of the weapon rooms focus fire on the enemy Anti-Air room or other 1 or 2 width rooms. Because enemy powered rooms can be repaired by their crew (sometimes using high hp crew with good repair stats or abilities), it may be worth it in special cases to focus fire on a 2 width non-powered room that has no armor protection. Non-powered rooms can't be repaired, so damage to the starship's hull with regular weapons can't be interrupted. The tradeoff is that non-powered rooms have by default higher innate armor protection.
Room Stats and Crew StatsAll crew members (including 1 star and 2 stars rarity) have innate stats that increases reload rate of rooms just by standing in them. These stats are in addition to the crew abilities only available to 3 stars rarity and up crews. The important stats are ENG (engine), PLT (pilot), and SCI (science). By looking at the profile of a room, you can know its stats type, allowing you to know what crew (having high compatible stats) should be placed in them.
Get Dolores Synth Robot FastDolores is a female Synth (robot) that is of Special rarity (like the captain you got in beginning of the game). Dolores is very useful against the standard 3v3 turn-based ground missions, as she can use her Cyro Blast ability to freeze enemies in place for multiple turns. All Dolores parts (head, chest, arms, legs) are available eventually if you play long enough. The first one you get is her head and you can only get of them, then other parts come when you complete missions or the pop in missions when you first run the game. Save some Starbux to purchase her extra parts. Because you can only get one head, you can't make multiple Dolores synths.
Rush to Level 12 StarshipYour starship can be leveled up from level 1 to max level 12. Although many people say to upgrade the rooms first before upgrading your starship, a better strategy is to upgrade your starship to level 12 as soon as possible. This gives you more space to put more rooms and also unlocks better types of weapon rooms only available at higher level starships. Your rooms may be weaker in the beginning, but they are more than offset by number of extra rooms and better weapon rooms available. A good Starship to buy after you reach level 12 is the Scavenger Hulk. This starship does not require a Blueprint to buy and it is one of the largest ships you can buy, giving you lots of space for rooms. Make sure to purchase the Extended Hull when you earn enough Starbux (see below for methods).
Finish the Daily MissionsOne of the fastest way to earn experience is to do the daily missions. At level 12 Starship, the available daily missions will sometimes drop 1000 EXP, 3000 EXP, or 10000 EXP items. You can use the 10000 EXP version to quickly level up any crew from level 35 to level 40.
Multiple Farming AccountsPixel Starship Galaxy may be geared towards Pay-to-Win, but it is possible to play casually without spending any real money. You can register multiple emails and use multiple devices to command many starships. Each of those accounts can watch 40 ads per day to get 120 Starbux each per day. The gBay market can be used to transfer bux between your accounts. One technique is to have one main starship account and multiple farming accounts. The main account will sell cheap items in the market for hundreds of Starbux, then you buy those items back using your farming accounts to transfer the Starbux from your farming accounts to your main account. So for example, if you have 3 accounts, you can get 120 Starbux per day on your main account and 192 per day from your two farming accounts (240 minus the 20% gBay transaction fee). Suggested items to use to transfer Starbux are special occasion types (Acorn, Red Coins, Pumpkins, etc), which usually sell for cheap but is possible to price very high. It used to possible to use the daily crates from the dropship, but now the game won't show your item for sale to other players if it is priced too high above average.
Get Starbux FastAnother trick to gain Starbux is to wait for the daily shop sale, buy the item (if it can be sold), and then put it on the gBay market the next day at 50% to 100% higher in price (or wait how many days until the price goes back up to normal). The daily shop sale item is usually highly discounted in price, providing a great way to earn Starbux if you resell it at normal price. Even if you miss a daily shop sale, the item is available for purchase for 30 days if you pay an extra 20% penalty. Simply visit Pixel Starships Website, log in, and go into the Sales section.
BedroomsYou should buy every bedroom you see on the daily shop sale. These bedrooms give you ability to place more crew on your starship. The standard Bedroom holds 5 crew and you can get three of them. The extra bedrooms you can buy usually holds only one crew. However, the exception is the Aquarium bedroom, which can hold 2 crew if you upgrade it. Here is a listing of all 10 different types of Bedrooms:
Boost GaugeThe Boost Gauge can be researched in the Lab room and allows you to speed up construction time of rooms for free. There is a limited amount of boost time (time is upgradable with a higher Boost Gauge research). Note that you cannot research Boost Gauge unless you log in from Steam (PC) or MacOS version of Pixel Starships: Galaxy. So if you play on Apple mobile devices (running iOS like iPhone, iPad), you can simply download the game on a PC or MacOS, research it there, and the Boost Gauge will now show up on the iOS device version of Pixel Starships: Galaxy.
Special Rooms (Switchable))There are special rooms that once constructed, you can change (or switch) different types of weapons on them.
Medium Weapons Platform (MWP) is a 3 cell wide room that can hold Photon Disruptor (PD), Laser Blaster (LB), or Railgun (RG)
Small Weapons Platform (SWP) is a 2 cell wide room that can hold Photon Phaser (PP), Minigun (MG), or Irradiator (IR)
Defense Platform (DP) is a 2 cell wide room that can hold Avenger Defense System or Seeker Defense System
The Photon weapons are good against enemy shields. The Irradiator is good against enemy crew.
Room Skins and Alternative VariationsMany rooms in Pixel Starships Galaxy can have graphical skins that can be applied to them. These skins are cosmetic only and do not affect performance of the rooms. Normally, you can revert the room skin back to the default appearance. In addition, some rooms have Alternative Variations, which means you don't apply a skin to a room, but rather you buy a specific variation of a room. Once you buy one variation of a room, you can't later buy the other variations.
The following are original rooms you can apply a skin (or get alternative variations):
Unlock Secret Graveyard Skin
Video above shows how to unlock a secret Graveyard skin for the Graveyard bedroom using a Carving Knife and Scary Pet Pumpkin. During October, the two weeks Halloween Spooktacular event gives out free Pumpkins. If you have 10 of them, you can upgrade (combine) them to make a Pet Pumpkin. Afterwards, use the Carving Knife on the Pet Pumpkin (by selecting upgrade option on one of them) to craft a Scary Pet Pumpkin (knife will be lost in the process). Only captains can have a pet, so find your captain and equip the Scary Pet Pumpkin that gives you +22% Ability. After crafting the Scary Pet Pumpkin, the Graveyard bedroom now has an option to upgrade to the newly unlocked Graveyard skin. You can also switch Graveyard skin back and forth (from the old to new and back again). Later in the video, see edepot's pretty good room layout of a Level 12 Scavenger Hulk Extended Hull starship. Note that if you missed the Graveyard room or the Carving Knife from the daily store sales, you can log in to the main pixelstarships website (Sales section) and get a second chance of getting them using Starbux (at a bit higher price). Join edepot fleet to get into tournaments and get free doves to trade in for prizes. Gameplay walkthrough on iPad Pro version of Pixel Starships Galaxy.
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