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ZOOM Ascendancy
Sold Out (DOS/Win95) (Retail) (ASCENDANPR)

The Logic Factory/Virgin



4 stars from Electronic Entertainment

The age of discovery is upon you.

Explore the unknown using a delicate balance of courage and caution. The survival of an entire species is at stake. Will your people fade into obscurity or gain Ascendancy over a galaxy? Who is hiding in the unexplored darkness? What lies beyond the planet of your birth? Welcome to a universe of unlimited possibilities.

Choose your species, chart your strategy, forge your destiny... It is time to depart this small world. You have imagined your future, and now you will discover the mysteries of other worlds.

Ascendancy is your opportunity to explore and settle a galaxy. Using research and resources, you'll design incredible ships, plot fantastic voyages and tempt fate as you explore and do battle in distant star systems.

As leader of your people, you'll have at our command an impressive arsenal of futuristic weapons and technologies. You alone must decide how to use them. The challenge awaits.

How will you use your knowledge to survive? How will you use your skill in diplomacy to forge friendships and turn potential enemies into loyal allies?

How will you lead your species to survival among the stars?

Requirements: 486DX 33 MHz processor or higher, MS DOS 5.0 or higher, also runs under windows 95, double speed CD-ROM drive, super VGA (640x480) 256-colors, Sound Blaster family or 100% compatible, ProAudio Spectrum, Ensoniq soundscape, Gravis Ultrasound or Roland RAP - 10, 8 MB of RAM, 15MB free hard drive space, mouse.


Electronic Entertainment, November 1995

"To gain Ascendancy, you must build a galactic empire greater than all others. You'll discover loads of uncharted star lanes, colonize and manage as many planets as you can, and conduct research into oodles of discoveries, unleashing a gaggle of gizmos. If that isn't enough, you'll also build fleets of starships, negotiate with opposing species, fight too many wars, and form and break a host of alliances."

"The rotatable 3-D galactic display is the home spot for all other screens, while a 2-D planetary display lets you get your hands on cleverly named gizmos like the prosperity-producing Artificial Hydroponifer and the gizmo-destroying Gizmogrifier."

"Ascendancy, however, offers much more than just smooth game mechanics and a sense of humor. It boast some of the best-designed game play I've seen since Civilization. I was quickly hooked as I worked furiously to balance voracious demands with always limited resources."

Computer Shopper, January 1996

"Living in a galaxy where your neighbors are constantly seeking to out-research, out-colonize and out-gun you can be terrifying. This is your fate in Ascendancy. Try diplomacy or war; all that ultimately matters is success. The alternative is your species's extinction.

"You begin Ascendancy as one of 21 possible species. Besides being able to set the galaxy's density (the number of its star systems), which can increase or decrease the number of alien races, you can establish the game's races, you can establish the game's general mood, making it friendly, neutral, or for a real challenge hostile."

"The game's only drawbacks are its non-animated alien graphics and the short, poorly-composed musical selections."

"That aside, Ascendancy supplies an ever-changing strategic challenge with many subtle approaches to victory. Up for a little galactic confrontation? Look no further than Ascendancy."

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