Thomas McDermott: "Starside Arena is a game all about planning and waiting, and much less about actually playing. You spend more time setting up tactics than you do seeing how they play out. Your main efforts go in ahead of time, and you are left to hope the work you put in was good enough not to lead to disaster. This may mean nothing to some people reading this, but the game ended up reminding me very much of my time with Football Manager - albeit on a much smaller tactical scale. I am no longer managing overpaid footballers on a pitch, I am now blowing up ships in space. Unlike SI Games' longstanding series, this is a free to play mobile game, and as such brings with it a lot of baggage that may instantly turn many of its suitors away."