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Game overview

Smugglers 4 cover picture Smugglers 5 - Invasion

Smugglers 5: Invasion is a standalone expansion for the turn-based science-fiction space trading game, Smugglers 5. Now war has returned to the galaxy. For the right kind of captain, it’s a whole new chance for fame and fortune.


DLC: "Warrior Within" - NEW !!!
Smugglers 4 cover picture With this downloadable content (DLC) you will receive three
background stories (mini-quests) for the game
"Smugglers 5: Invasion" - "Warrior Within", "Golden
Claw" and an "Aftermath" preview, "First Contact".


DLC: "Smugglers Guild"
Smugglers 4 cover picture With this downloadable content (DLC) you will receive three background stories (mini-quests) called "The Smugglers Guild", "Solomon´s Treasure" and "Thirst for Vengeance" for the games "Smugglers 5: Secession" and "Smugglers 5: Invasion".


What is it about?

Empires & Dungeons 2 cover"It’s basically Elite... but turn-based. [...]" - (Blog entry - Smugglers 4)

"Smugglers 5 is an impressive and exceedingly addictive game." (Smugglers 5 - Original game)

"It’s a game full of freedom of choice, allowing the player to make their way through the framework it provides in just about whatever manner they please." (Smugglers 5 - Original game)

Smugglers 5: Invasion starts where the original game ended. After years of civil war, the Federation finally emerged victorious, crushing all rebellion. The galaxy looked forward to a period of peace, a chance to repair the damage of a long and bitter war.

Then came the Jalkath, a new alien race looking much like the tigers of Old Earth. Their attacks were swift and brutal and they subjugated entire systems before the Federation even knew what was happening.

To the humans, they looked much like the tigers of Old Earth, and they soon proved themselves to be every bit as cunning and dangerous. The newcomers were swift and brutal in their assault, deploying terrifying weapons and subjugating entire systems before their victims even knew what was happening. The Federation has rallied a defence against the invaders, and now both sides struggle for dominance.

War has returned to the galaxy. For the right kind of captain, it’s a whole new chance for fame and fortune. Will you fight for the survival of your race? Trade and smuggle goods to make your fortune? Or play both sides against each other for your own profit?


A selection of the most important new Features of the Expansion:

-    A new, playable alien race (the Jalkath) with new skills and professions.
-    Revised ship to ship combat. The skill bar at the bottom now randomly selects a “deck” of available skills, giving the game more diversity. The “deck” changes during combat.
-    Six new alien star systems
-    Exploration stories revised and new stories added to many systems.
-    More than 10 new alien ships and squadrons, ranging from fighters to capital ships.
-    Carriers added to the game with unique abilities – launch bombers, interceptors and escort vessels.
-    Introducing new race-dependent news broadcasts and events.
-    20 new skills, including some that limit the skills available to your enemies. Existing skills have been revised to suit the new combat system and new ships.
-    Conquering the enemy’s home system will immediately win the war.
-    Artificial intelligence improvements
-    The two main game screens now have a higher display resolution.

You can download a complete list of new features here:

Top features of Smugglers 5 (Original game):

•    Explore the galaxy through a fast turn-based travel and combat system
•    4 factions; 6 professions with new, unique skill trees; 100+ different skills and a revised skill system
•    30+ spaceships and encounters ranging from fighters to battleships, cruise missiles and star bases
•    Non-linear war and campaign system. You can influence the war!
•    Manage a crew, board enemy ships, become an Admiral and command whole fleets
•    Plunder planets and pirate outposts, conquer space systems and even rule your own empire!
•    Supply and demand based trading with prices influenced by storyline and campaign
•    Advanced text generation technology and new short stories for planet exploration make every game different
•    Marry a beautiful wife and have children
•    Optional compatibility mode to allow blind players to enjoy the game
•    and much more ...

There's a ship in the hangar and the stars are calling to you. Don't keep them waiting.

Smugglers 5: Invasion is currently on sale as a beta version. All features are available, but you may still encounter a bug or problem.

You can download a complete list of changes since Smugglers 4 here:



Play the prequel too!
Smugglers 4 cover picture Smugglers 5 - Secession 

Smugglers 5 is the fifth instalment in the turn-based single-player space trading game series.  Will you be a greedy trader, an ambitious fleet pilot or a ruthless pirate? Board enemy ships, manage factories, conquer star systems and forge your own galactic empire - ultimately, your actions will have an impact on a galactic scale.


Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the system requirements? What languages are available?

The game should work fine on any PC with Windows XP/Vista/7/8 or newer. There are no special requirements, except about 100 MB of space on your harddisk.

The game is only available in English.

Is this a new release?

Smugglers 5: Invasion is a standalone expansion and is based on Smugglers 5: Secession. It´s a spin-off of the original Smugglers 5: Secession in a new scenario. It does not replace Smugglers 5: Secession and in our opinion you should play both games for the best experience.

You can download a complete list of changes since Smugglers 4 (including what´s new in the expansion) here:

Where can I buy this game?

You can buy the game here, on Steam and on

I have bought the beta / early access / pre-ordered. How do I get the final release

You should have already received an email with new download links and a Steam key (it´s called registration key in the email). If not, please check your spam folder before emailing us.

The game looks like Smugglers 4 and Smugglers 5: Secession - What´s new?

We have added tons of new content.
You can download a complete list of changes since Smugglers 4 here:

Running the tutorial or demo might not give you a full impression of the changes (although you could e.g. test the planet storylines and how they change). It is recommended to watch the YouTube trailer and read the changes list in order to get an idea of what´s new.

Is the game resolution low? Why is there a black border on the side? Why isn´t the game fullversion?

The game runs in fullscreen mode in the resolution your PC runs at. There is a black background picture with stars.

Since the release of Smugglers 5: Invasion on Steam, the size of the main game screens of Smugglers 5: Secession and Smugglers 5: Invasion have been increased to look pleasing in Full HD (
1920 × 1080). The main screen of the game is and was never supposed to fill your screen in order to give you the possibility to put the trading or mission information screen to the side of the main screen.

The original option in the game to change the resolution of your PC has been removed, because it caused confusion. If you must, you can do so in the Windows display settings. It´s just not recommended, because the artwork looks better in your native resolution and you need the additional space at the side.

What´s included? Is the game DRM-free?

•    A DRM-free electronic copy of the game (instant download)
•    A 86-page manual as a .pdf file
•    Free patches and updates to the final version (we will keep improving the game after the release)
•    For additional $4.95 you can get the previous Smugglers titles 1, 2, 3 and 4 (normal price $14.95).


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