||Reach for the
Publisher: SSI / Mattel
Mild Animated Violence
Explore - Expand - Exploit - Exterminate!
Mankind reached for the stars and found that the galaxy is not a friendly
A strategy game of epic exploration and cataclysmic combat.
Discover, colonize and
conquer as you spread your fleet across the galaxy.
Dive into detailed tactical
combat or simply focus on exploration and enemy destruction.
Reach for the Stars
promises to be an immersive and addictive gaming experience.
AI makes the computer a cunning and ruthless opponent
play with simultaneous turns for up to 4 Internet players or 6 Network
dynamic research and technology tree spread across 20 eras.
combat with control over fleet formations, attack/defensive orders and standing
orders. Combat will take place as fleet engagements, planetary bombardments,
single and multiplayer victory conditions - can be combined for more variety
Diplomatic system allows for enforceable agreements and treaties between
20 ready-to-play scenarios, a length campaign, plus nearly unlimited play via
the Random Map system and powerful Scenario Editor.
unique species, each with its own technology tree, combat and economic
advantages and disadvantages and unique AI personality!
Windows 95/98: Pentium 233 MHz or higher, 64 MB RAM, 4x CD-ROM
drive, Video and Sound cards w/Direct7.0+, modem required for Internet
Reach For The Stars Universe History
If the space age started with Sputnik, the
interstellar age started with Pathfinder II. By the early 23rd century Humans
had settled every vaguely habitable lump of rock in the Solar System. A
developed colony existed on Mars, with smaller ones on Titan, Ganymede and a
number of the larger asteroids. The energy crisis was over, with limitless
solar power and almost limitless hydrogen scooped from the Jovian atmosphere
and accelerated earthward. Humanity was in a golden age, Earth was in the midst
of the most sustained period of prosperity and peace in history, and enough of
a frontier existed to keep most of the more adventurous souls out of
Still the stars beckoned.
The news that the stars were within reach caused both jubilation and
trepidation on Earth. Mankind would go to the stars, but if we could do it, so
could others. We were no longer safe behind our Einsteinian barrier. No one
with any vision could seriously believe that we were alone in the Galaxy.
Sooner or later we were bound to meet another species. Would they be behind us
technologically, or so far ahead that they would brush us aside just as
European powers had brushed aside less developed peoples in their push to
dominate the globe? Some commentators postulated that any developed species
must be peaceful but the biologists quickly pointed out the flaws in this
argument. Any species with enough drive and intelligence to develop
interstellar flight must have displayed enough aggressiveness to dominate their
home-planet in the first place. Opinion remained split on whether our first
contact was likely to be with a cuddly teddy-bear or with a slavering killing
Whoever we were likely to meet it was considered
only prudent that we be as strong as possible. For the first time space weapons
were seriously considered. When the mission to Barnard's Star was launched in
2216 it was accompanied by one of the first star destroyers in the newly formed
United Nations Navy.
The wisdom of a "be prepared" policy became evident in 2235 when a scouting
force entered the Deneb system and was immediately attacked by forces of the
Saurischi, an aggressive reptilian species. Although Humanity lost that first
battle we learned enough from it to be able to win the war. Just as we were
congratulating ourselves we discovered that the Saurischi were the least of our
worries. When our former enemies approached us for a treaty so that we could
jointly fight a new species known only as The Hive, we knew that our problems
were only just beginning. Little did we know that the Hive Wars would last for
over two hundred years and bring Mankind to the brink of destruction. What had
begun as a reach for the stars had become a bitter struggle for survival.
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