||Master of Orion II:
Battle at Antares
A- from PC Games - Game of the Month
3 (out of 4) stars from HomePC
Master the Unknown Before It Masters You
Forge an empire in a universe where population growth is outstripping
planetary resources. Colonize unknown planets and trade with other races for
their knowledge. The need for galactic expansion is critical. You must conquer
alien star systems to secure the resources that will guarantee your supremacy.
The ultimate goal is to defeat the evil Antarans. They lurk in the coldest
reaches of space, warmed by one all-consuming passion...REVENGE!
Game Settings let you select such factors as your adversaries' intelligence,
the size and age of the galaxy, and the level of civilization.
Multiplayer Options for up to eight players. Play via modem, network, hot seat,
or over TEN.
Spectacular Super VGA graphics and cinematics.
Predesigned Alien Races, each with its own special abilities, or use the Custom
Race Option to create your own.
and Colonize uncharted planets. Form a colony or take over one of your enemies.
Resources - run your colonies the way you see fit: assign careers, maintain
population morale and construct buildings.
Choice: strategic or tactical.
over 200 technologies, or trade with other races for theirs.
Events and Disasters can threaten or benefit different stars and whole empires.
IBM PC100MHz 80486DX/4 compatible or faster (P90 recommended), DOS
5.0 or later (also runs under Windows 95/98/Me/XP), 8MB RAM or 16MB if running
under Windows 95, double speed CD-ROM drive (300 kb/sec sustained transfer
rate), Super VGA graphics (VESA required) for 640x480x256 colors, hard drive
(75MB free), Microsoft compatible mouse, Sound Blaster or 100% compatible.
Required for Multiplayer Option: 100% Hayes compatible 9600 modem or
faster (2 player), Null-modem serial cable (2 player), IPX network (2 to 8
Macintosh Any 68040 or higher with at least 8 MB RAM, color monitor
and CD-ROM drive. Also accelerated for Power Macintosh.
PC Games, March 1997
"That's the best part about Master of Orion II, the sequel to MicroProse's
classic turn-based strategy game: It's so gloriously, achingly difficult - and
so plain fun, even when you're getting your clock cleaned - that you can't help
but come back.
"It's a splendid conflagration of exploration, resource management,
diplomacy, research, and war. You start out with a single hospitable planet and
technology that amounts to little more than survival skills, and try to become
(in the language of The Bonfire of the Vanities) a Master of the
HomePC, March 1997
"This absorbing space simulation lets you create your own populations and
ships, and gives players a chance to interact with each other (the game
supports up to eight players on a network or two players across a serial or
modem connection) and with the computer-controlled Antarans, who will be
defeated only by your brains, patience and strategy."
"In short, Master of Orion II is a fascinating space opera that promises to
provide action fans with weeks of out-of-this-world fun."
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