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Smugglers 5
Platforms: PC
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
Oct 5, 2012 @ 2:42am
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**** Smugglers 5 - Now on Steam!
**** Smugglers 5: Invasion - Beta released !!
Smugglers 5 is the fifth installment in the turn-based single-player space trading game series. Will you be a greedy trader, an ambitious fleet pilot or a ruthless pirate? Board enemy ships, manage factories, conquer star systems and forge your own galactic empire - ultimately, your actions will have an impact on a galactic scale.

'It’s basically Elite… but turn-based. [...]' - for Smugglers 4
'Smugglers 4 offers an open-ended universe [...]' -

The galaxy is at war - the Federation, the Coalition, the Outer Rim systems and the criminal Syndicate battle for control. It's a dangerous life for a pilot on the front lines, but it can also be a lucrative one - are you an honest trader, or does smuggling illegal goods sound more profitable? Will you join the war effort for your faction, set up your own empire or simply explore the galaxy?

The fifth instalment in the long-running Smugglers series features a completely revised turn-based combat system and a range of new ships to fly, as well as a host of exciting features:

• Explore the galaxy through a fast turn-based travel and combat system
• 4 factions; 6 professions with new, unique skill trees; 100+ different skills and a revised skill system
• 30+ spaceships and encounters ranging from fighters up to battleships, cruise missiles and star bases
• Non-linear war and campaign system. You can influence the war!
• Manage a crew, board enemy ships, become Admiral and command whole fleets
• Plunder planets and pirate outposts, conquer space systems and even rule your own empire!
• Supply and demand based trading with the storyline and campaign influencing prices
• More than 80,000 words of interactive non-linear storylines (that´s about the size of two novels)
• Advanced text generation technology and new planet exploration short stories make every game different.
• Marry a beautiful wife and have children
• Optional compatibility mode to allow blind players to enjoy the game
and much more ...

The six most important new features compared to Smugglers 4:
• You can now start and rule your own empire
• Manage your own factories or pirate outposts
• Raid and plunder planets or pirate outposts
• 80,000 words of new and dynamic short stories (the equivalent of a full length novel).
• Completely revised skill and combat system
• Play as an independent adventurer - or join the military

'TOP 3 bestselling PC game' - in May 2011 (Smugglers 4)
'TOP 1 bestselling indie game' - in June 2011 (Smugglers 4)

There's a ship in the hangar and the stars are calling to you. Don't keep them waiting.

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Please vote for the stand-alone expansion Smugglers 5: Invasion too here:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Is this a new release?

Yes, this is a new release. You can see a complete list of changes since Smugglers 4 in the discussion area of this page. We continue improving this game.

Where can I buy this game?

You can buy it directly from our website at: (credit-card, Paypal, and Google checkout supported + many more).

You'll receive a couple of rewards if you do (see below).

What´s included? Is the game DRM-free?

• A DRM-free electronic copy of the game (instant download)
• A 86-page manual as a .pdf file
• Free patches and updates to the final version (we will keep improving the game after the release)
• For additional $4.95 you can get all previous Smugglers titles (Smugglers 1 - 4).

What´s the price?

With the support and release on the price could be lowered to $9.95. This would propably be the Steam release price.

Is there a game demo?

Yes, of course. You can download a free demo here:

What´s the current version?

Smugglers 5 V. 1.0.8:
- Major bug fixed (has strong influence on game balance): The EMP action point rating for enemy ships was wrong (it was set to the AP rating of the evasion skill).
- Bug fixed: Wrong display of player rank of governor screen
- Bug fixed: When communicating with other ships they addressed you with the wrong rank
- Change: When you get to the next experience level it now says you are being rewarded instead of you are being promoted (to avoid confusion, because only about 1/3 of rewards are real promotions in military rank)
- Bug fixed: Bug since changing the bounty hunter starting skills - In the tutorial you have to choose the bounty hunter profession and are asked to activate the taunt ability. There is no taunt ability with the bounty hunter though.
- Bug fixed: On the profession selection screen for some skills there was a wrong info pop up.
- Bug fixed: On the planet and star system info popup the description text font has been switched from bold to standard to allow for more text to be displayed.
- Bug fixed: Wrong faction displayed on the news report when the player owning a pirate outpost bribed fellow pirates to suppress enemy forces.
- Bug fixed: On the ship status screen the wrong cannon cm size was displayed on the info popup when clicking on a weapon
- Bug fixed: Wrong display for cargo space upgrades on the ship status screen when clicking on the cargo equipment
- Bug fixed: When upgrading ship equipment an empty upgrade could be selected.
- Bug fixed: When clicking the reinforcement active skill icon on the combat screen there was an error message
- Bug fixed: Display bug for skill popup in combat screen
- Some grammar fixes

Smugglers 5 V. 1.0.7 (Final release version):
- Design change: Battleships can now equip boarding shuttles.
- Design change: When capturing a ship near a planet and towing it, you cannot tow it to the closest planet (due to a blockade) - required for game balance.
- Balance change: Pirate crew members now have 25 attack strength and 25 health versus 30 attack and 30 health of space marines (pirate rating was at 20 / 20 before).
- Bug fixed: When capturing a ship you had 0 shields for a short time.
- Bug fixed: When using the Shark ship you get +6 battle droids in crew combat. Those 6 droids are now correctly subtracted from your crew numbers after the boarding (damage is first done to the free droids).
- Display change: When firing a missile the current turn does not count towards the number of turns until impact (e.g. a missile has an impact time of 2 turns; when firing it needs the firing turn + 2 turns).
This was displayed up to now by adding +1 to the turn count. Some wrongly assumed this to be a bug. So from 1.0.7. on there is no +1 count to the number of turns. Instead there is a turn no. 0 shortly before impact.
That´s also a bit more dramatic!
- Bug fixed: Description of ECM protection skill did not state that it requires and uses up two active abilities.

Smugglers 5 V. 1.0.6:
- Bug fixed: Game didn´t found "Smugglers5_missilefreighter_1_F3.jpg" file. Like stated previously the file isn´t missing, but the game shouldn´t look for this file.
- Bug fixed: When you retired with a Gettysburg class battleship with the Outer Rim Alliance, Syndicate or Coalition there was an error message in the highscore list.

For a complete list of changes (many pages!) look here:

Please vote for the stand-alone expansion Smugglers 5: Invasion too here:
Popular Discussions View All (42)
Nov 6, 2013 @ 11:23pm
What this expansion I keep hearing about?
May 15, 2014 @ 2:37pm
Regular windowed mode?
Mar 15, 2014 @ 12:34pm
Smugglers 5 - Expansion coming soon ...
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The_Q Apr 27, 2015 @ 11:49pm 
this game is fun when your really sleepy or feel like relaxing... or might be to stoned.... worth 5$
russonc Apr 12, 2014 @ 2:59am 
Great news indeed!
jester101  [author] Apr 11, 2014 @ 9:52am 
I am happy to announce that Smugglers 5: Secession is going to be released on Steam for a discounted price of 9.99$ at 15:00 Pacific Daylight Time. You can find the full press-release at the bottom of this email.

Specifically for release on Steam, Smugglers 5: Secession now features a higher native screen resolution for the main game screens and the updated combat system from Smugglers 5: Invasion to make battles more varied. While today marks the official release on Steam, the developers will continue working on and improving the game.

Customers who purchased directly from us through BMTMicro are going to receive their Steam license keys as soon as possible - most likely at the beginning of next week or earlier. BMTMicro will send them out with new updated download links. If you do not receive them until Wednesday, please check your spam filter!

More information in the official announcement at the top of this page.

PhyreMatrix Apr 5, 2014 @ 7:59am 
I haven't played a Smugglers since 3. Great to see this game get Greenlit.
russonc Apr 4, 2014 @ 3:16am 
Congratulations! I hope as a direct purchase owner I can get a Steam Key... :)
toad_004 Apr 3, 2014 @ 6:58pm 
Wow, it was actually greenlit? Awesome!
wasps in my PC (RIP) Apr 3, 2014 @ 1:22pm 
Congrats on getting greenlit!
hazyandlazy Mar 24, 2014 @ 9:15pm 
Cool game. Can we get it for other platforms as well? Like my playstation or ipad?
Tiber Septim Mar 23, 2014 @ 6:54am 
"George Jetson meets Captain Jack Sparrow"
Tiber Septim Mar 23, 2014 @ 6:53am