It was just a few days ago that the iOS version of the Galaxy on Fire MMO from developer Fishlabs soft-launched in fourteen different territories, but here we are already and the soft-launch of Galaxy on Fire - Alliances [Free] has expanded to include the US and "all English-speaking countries as well as additional territories" according to a developer post on our forums. If you're not sure if that includes your territory, well, follow the link to your App Store and if the game is there then you're good to go.

I haven't dove into Alliances myself just yet, but people in our forums seem to be enjoying it for the most part, and I hear there's a fairly active TouchArcade Alliance in the game which aren't to be trifled with. If Galaxy on Fire - Alliances is live in your App Store then give it a download and get on the winning team in the TouchArcade Alliance, and don't forget to leave your own impressions in the forums to let the rest of the world know what you think.

  • C. Stubb

    Perfect! I always thought that the open-world and economic mechanics of GOF2 would be great online. I just hope they keep the F2P in check, though...

    • C. Stubb

      Aaaaand it's incompatible with the 4th gen iPod Touch. Which happens to be the only device at my disposal.

      (Sigh)

      • Hampus Jensen

        Well don't worry about it, theres nothing like "the open-world and economic mechanics of GOF2" in it anyway.

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  • jForsythe

    Ha I downloaded this a few days ago and forgot I had it on my ipad.

    • mclifford82

      What was the point of telling us this?

  • Morgan01

    Pretty big change from the original Galaxy of Fire. Jury is still out, waiting to hear more on the Freemium model.

  • FRnchFRy

    Well now it's not exactly a "soft launch" lol

  • flashbackflip

    As soon as they reduced strategic battles to simplistic 'my army is bigger -i win' and built unintuitive interface and boring timers around this nonsense - this promising (by description) game turned out total garbage..

    Please note - i love Fishlabs for their previous work (even bought gof2 on my android phone and unlocked all iaps there -just to support them) - so there is no hate in my opinion.. Just the eternal sadness

    • Kirs

      Exact sentiments....
      Absolutely love GoF. I still play it fact.
      I deleted this after 15mins...definately not for me.
      It is very polished though, if you are into this type of gameplay.

  • flashbackflip

    Oh, and one more thing.. Developers forgot to wipe beta universe - so be prepared to the fact the stars are already taken by alliances too powerful to confront..

    This is the final nail to the coffin if you ask me..

    P.S.
    i must admit though - freemium model is more balanced than most other titles (and thats why looking at this non-game makes me even sadder)

    • Morgan01

      Sounds like a pay-to-win Freemium model. How sad.

    • anabolicMike

      I have gof2 for iphone and my android 10.1" tablet. I paid both. It's much better on my iphone. So I bought all the expansions and some money on here because I knew the company was hitting hard times. I love gof2 though. It's easily a 30 or 40 dollar game in my opinion. I could see someone buying it a few years ago for a console.

      So what your saying is this online game is boring?? I wonder why they went with the whole army thing instead of going with the same type of play as gof2. I was gonna download this and try it out for a bit now I don't know if I should bother lol.

      Maybe ill boot up some more lords of waterdeep. I liked that one hmmmm

      • flashbackflip

        It's not boring per se (at least someone might like the gameplay?). It is just the fact that they took away EVERYTHING what makes this universe shine (and what we love this universe for) - THE SHIPS!!

        Everything you have in this game is a whole lot of menus you click and even unlike other games from clash-of-clans vibe - YOU ARE NOT controlling your troops (ships) in battle.. You just send them on a mission and get mission report afterwards with the ability to view how the battle was going.. And watching that is THE pain, coz all you see is static ships pew-pew at each other in turns.. Whose fleet gets pew-pew'ed relies only on the number of ships with castrated 'strategy' relation between ship classes (fighters kill bombers, interceptors kill fighters). And there is NO OTHER ships apart from 'fighter mkI' and/or 'interceptor mkII' all of which LOOK THE SAME........ I'm not even bitching about planetary structures being boring simple geometry figures a-la minecraft

      • TripMX

        Hmm, possibly a window-dressed Galaxy Empire?

      • uplaynation

        i am actually downloading the game while reading the comment at here, and~ the more i read, the more i want to cancel the download until i read this reply made my day ^^

        the battle goes pew pew at each other in turn lol. epic phrase. hahaha..

        byebye GOFA cya next time FISHLAB

  • Ramaz1234

    Havnt really gotten into this yet and I also picked up Galaxy on fire 2 today.

  • MrAsherkEsq

    Sad sad sad state in gaming that we face off a realistic viable bought product with a castrated IAP inferior good.

  • TripMX

    I was and still am willing to shell out $19.99+ for Galaxy on Fire 3 (even if included additional IAPs). I personally think the development money used for this GoF Alliances game should have been saved for GoF3's possible development....even if it took 2~3 more years to complete. I honestly doubt Fishlabs will even strike it even with the development costs of this game alone....but seeing that this seemed to be their only option for possibly making any more money, I'd say that...no, there's gotta be other ways to gain development support for such a renowned series (GoF)!

    • flashbackflip

      And that 'other way' is called KICKSTARTER!!

      I bet we all and many others would chip in

  • Captain Cabnasty

    Just incase anyone decides to stick with it, there is a TouchArcade alliance.

  • FRnchFRy

    What I have to say about this: obviously most definitely not like the other games. They've moved to freemium and that's that. No more actual gameplay unless they go back to it in the future (hopefully). Looking past this rather big set-back though it's not a bad game. Although the game does have freemium currency it is quite generously acquired through missions. Next is that I actually think that it is not as bad of a "pay to win" game as other free-to-plays as the options for spending the premium are very limited to mostly speeding up building and buying artifacts (boosts). Lastly if you are complaining about the astronomically huge alliances everywhere, there is plenty of space all over the map to settle. You just have to go out from the center of the map. Anyways, that's what I think about the game. Even though it's a totally new game, it's not all the bad of one.

  • MachineJXD

    I'm waiting for the next game Galaxy on Fire 3 i will hope to be some first-person view of the ships.

  • flashbackflip

    I'm really trying to love this game but further i go - more weird stuff i discover.

    One of those weirdness is when you send a capship on a mission it takes 20-30 minutes to get there, but it returns to the base instantly after completing said mission.

    I guess this is good (easy) for gameplay, but absolutely unimmersive and illogical imo..

    Ok. I will try harder)

  • bigjack66

    Booringg!

  • WillCN

    No one should join the TA alliance, they act like they want you but after a day, you'll be kicked. DON NOT JOIN

    • Lostpop21

      Its because the leader thought you were a spy and shit listed you, sorry. Contact him and plead your case, i dont have anything against you personally.

      • Captain Cabnasty

        A lot of people were deleting invites.

  • Lostpop21

    If you came here expecting the same kind of game as GoF1/2 then youll be surprised. This isnt some cinematic action sim full of shoot-bangs, its a mmo rts. If you have no idea what that is, think Clash of Clans, except you have a designated place in a world map and you band together with nearby players to actually conquer and overwhelm neighbors. But its not all fighting, theres economics, and diplomacy as well. I personally find it largely enjoyable, but if youre going to put it down just because you think it should be GoF3 then your biased and your opinion doesnt count.

  • mutts

    I can not shake the feeling that i've played this game before.
    I think it was called colonies or somethimg in that line not sure.
    But it seens fishlabs pimped up the graphics put the galaxy on fire name to it.
    And shamefully copied the rest.

  • mutts

    Ah i found it it is called Galaxy Empire.

  • http://fingersonascreen.blogspot.com/ Karan Jeswani

    I tried to find the TouchArcade alliance and search returned nothing :/