How to Play Star Conflict: 5 Minute Beginners Guide

In this 5 minute beginners guide you’ll learn everything you need to know in order to get started with the free-to-play space game Star Conflict.  

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Learn How to Play Star Conflict in 5 Minutes

Today, Sovereign Moon Studios, the makers of your favorite NoCode game development course, are excited to introduce you to the free to play game Star Conflict. In this tutorial, we’ll show you some gameplay and we’ll even spend a few minutes teaching you the most common controls so you can jump into the game and get started quickly.

This is a really fun massively multiplayer online game that has something for everyone including player vs player mode, a player vs. environment mode and even an open world sandbox where you can focus on conquest and building up your own space empire!

Let’s jump in!


So Star Conflict is an MMO that was launched back in 2012 but it’s constantly being updated. In fact, at my last count the game has 241 ships across 3 factions.

And as you can see, it’s not just the ships that are beautiful, but the game world itself is truly impressive.

Now, when you first sign up and login you’ll be brought through a new player onboarding process which consists of you completing a simple beginner level quest.

A few basic controls will be introduced to you during that time. However, with complex space games it’s always easy to forget controls and hotkeys and the introductory quest never introduces you to them all, so I’m going to go over a few of the most important game controls with you right now.

First, the WASD keys on your keyboard are used for movement. W will push you forward, s will put you in reverse and the A and D keys will help you strafe left and right.

If you are in front of an object and you simply want to move your ship vertically you can move up by pressing the spacebar and you can move down by pressing ALT.

Hitting the control button allows you to look around in space while B allows you to toggle your zoom.

If at any time you need to see the current scene’s map you can always hit tab to toggle on or off your map view.

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Game Battle

Now battle is pretty straightforward. keep in mind that any ship’s outlined in red are enemy ships while ships outlined in blue are your teammates.

Left clicking your mouse button will fire your ship’s guns. Right clicking will fire your ship’s missile. However, before firing a missle you’ll first want to lock your target. To lock on a specific target you can put the target in your crosshairs and then hit R on your keypad or lock that specific target, or if you’re in a bit of a mess, being chased down and just trying not to die, you can hit T to lock any target and then right click to fire your missile and hope for the best.

Now, we’re going to get into the hanger in a moment and I’ll show you where you can see your ship’s modules, but pressing 1,2,3 or 4 on your keyboard’s number pad will activate those modules. Similarly, F will activate your ship’s special module. Notice that when I activate these modules I need to wait a certain amount of time before I can use them again. For example, when I click F which is my ship’s current special module, I enter hyperspeed for a short burst of time.

The Hangar & Ship Control

So those are the controls in a nutshell. Now let me win this battle so I can take you over to the hangar.

star conflict how to play

After each battle you’ll be brought back to your base where you can gather yourself and get ready for your next mission.

First, you can click on this “ships” tab here or hit T on our keypad to bring up our ship tree. Now of course, if you’re just getting started you won’t have access to all of the ships. However, the nice thing is that you can actually preview ships by right clicking on a ship and selecting preview.

When you’re previewing a ship, you can move around the ship by holding down your right mouse button and using your mouse to orbit around the object. You can also use your mouse scroller to zoom in and out. Or if your mouse is on your keyboard, just place two fingers on your keyboard’s mouse area and move back and forth to zoom in or out.

But let’s go back to our ship for a moment. Now remember, during battle I mentioned that I could activate my ships modules with the 1,2,3 or 4 numbers on my keypad or the F key for my ship’s special module?. Well, in this section here you can view your current ship’s modules. You can hover over any module to learn more about what tha module does. You can also see and change weapons over here. Again, hover over any of these details to learn more about that particular part of your ship.

Now over here you’ll notice your ship’s stats. You can also hover over your ship down here to see your ship’s stats. Each ship has a survivability score which is just the cumulative score of its various strengths. For example, here we have our ships

1: Hull
2: Shield
3: Energy
4: Speed

Notice that these numbers cumulatively equal my ships survivability.

Obviously, there will be trade-offs between different types of ships. Larger frigates will have slower speeds but better defences,while smaller fighters will have better speed and maneuverability but generally be weaker on the defence side.

And don’t forget that the ships between the different factions within the game will all be different as well. Because I’m playing a free version of the game, I can’t ulock these premium assets, but essentially the game is broken up into three main factions, the Empire. The Federation and Jericho. Each faction also has sub-factions as well as their own traits.

Head Out Into Your Next Battle

Now with your ship ready to go, you can head out into your next battle. To head back out into battle you can simply click this “battle” button here and then select Skirmish to continue playing missions.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. And remember, if you love space and sci-fi games and you want to learn how to make a video game without having to know how to code, how to draw or how to animate (Using 3D Game Kit), then I suggest you go check out our no-code game development course. 

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