After a long and tortuous development - featuring a pair of Kickstarter campaigns, almost $200,000 in crowdfunded money, and a year of missed release dates - War Balloon Games's Star Command has a final, official release date.

The spaceship simulator will hit the App Store on May 2nd as a £1.99 / $2.99 Universal app. Android gamers will be able to get their hands on the game about a month later.

Star Command, if you've missed our previous coverage on the game, encourages you to build and control your very own intergalactic starship. You'll designate rooms; hire a crew; and bounce between planets and galaxies.

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As this single-player story plays out, you'll meet alien travellers and inevitably do battle with them. This involves swapping cannon fire and shooting invaders in fast real-time strategic segments.

You can find out much more about the game in our hands-on Star Command preview.

In it, we said: "Star Command is not a deep strategy game, and it's not a game about science or diplomacy. But what it does focus on - feisty spaceship battles, and scrappy shootouts in the medical bay - are a real joy to experience."

"There's a compulsive thrill to fighting these battles - both in the predictable step-by-step process you take to defend and attack enemies, and in the chaotic upset when your last engineer is sucked out into the deep expanse of space."

Star Command

We also published a handy FAQs feature on the game, in which we tell you everything you need to know about customisation, diplomacy, in-app purchases (or the lack thereof), and difficulty settings.

We'll have much more on the game - including our full review - up on the site later this week.

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