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Starship Patrol (2009) (Starship Defense) is a shooting game where you defend your ship from waves of enemy attackers. You have a combination of static guns and defence ships to form an efficient strategy. It's well executed, but most unusual for its hand drawn, graph-paper, visuals and simple touch screen interface on the DS and 3DS.

Play involves tapping on the screen to place your weapons to strategic positions. You use energy collected from defeated enemies to purchase more powerful weapons. As you progress you find power crystals that unlock advanced attacks, including the ability to summon a devastating black hole. You can also call in special characters to help you in different ways if you are stuck.

There are 30 levels to work through as you advance from lowly recruit to fleet admiral.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Starship Patrol 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 14 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Shooting and Strategy game with Collecting, Puzzle and Sequencing elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: It takes between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round of this game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 7.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.


You can only play this on older systems (Nintendo 2DS|3DS and Nintendo DS) but can usually find it second hand on eBay. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
It was originally a download game on the DS store. This was discontinued but these DSi games are is still available in the eShop on the 3DS

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 18/12/2009, updated in 2011

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS and DS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Shooting, Strategy (Collecting, Puzzle and Sequencing)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead, Grid and Hand-Made

Developer: Pixel Junk News (@PixelJunkNews)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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