Patches and versions
The latest and current version is 2.6JRC4. It is largely compatible with 2.6JRC3 and 2.7JRC3, however upgrading is recommended. There are no patches to do this, simply download the latest executable and save it over your existing stars.exe.
Other available versions
While the layout and appearance will be immediately recognisable to all players, and the game concepts are the same; this version is so old that it is practically a different game. Differences include:
- NO PRTS vs LRTS - instead a single list of racial traits - no CA ^_^
- Fuel is a mineral resource that requires mining(and has and affective weight)
- You can destroy your own installations(factories/mines/defenses)
- Starbases are a single queueable item and are not editable
- No diplomacy settings
- No minefields
2.6 vs 2.7
Versions 2.6j and RC1/2
Using multiple versions
Stars! has no requirement on the name of the .exe file so you can have a stars11a.exe,stars26i.exe and starsjrc4.exe all in the same directory and they will all work fine. However the help files for v1.1a and v2.0+ are quite different so you may experience problems with the context-sensitive help system. If you're using multiple versions, I recommend using the command line options to create shortcuts for each game you're playing.