Theme is an incredibly important thing in board games. It’s sometimes easier to get it over in digital adaptations, because devs can layer extra trappings on with graphics and additional story.
So it’s probable that if you’ve played the physical version of Among the Stars, you’re going to find this pocket-sized version a little more weighty in terms of atmosphere.
But under the alien races and campaign mode, there’s still a solid game of space-station building for you to get your teeth into.
The game is all about building a structure by placing cards. You start with a single reactor, then over a series of turns add more pieces, one card at a time.
Each of the cards you lay down has different effects. Some of them happen instantly, some of them come into play at the end of the game. There’s a cost to everything you play too, but you can discard cards to get more cash.