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Cosmic Balance II

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Apple II
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Atari 8-bit
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Description

Cosmic Balance II is a game of strategic galactic conquest, with four skill levels as well as a player-versus-player mode. It plays like a prototype 4X game, with the emphasis on eXploit and eXterminate. The player must take control of 16 sectors by moving ships into place and surviving combat. Building and researching new ships is also vital.

There are 5 scenarios, increasing in scale and with different goals. 'Terran Expansion' involves setting up a self-sufficient network of planets in a peaceful setting, and 'Colonial Wars' sees them fighting for independence from Earth, introducing combat elements. 'First Contact' involves the earliest violent contact with rivals known as The Empire, while this battle continues in 'Rebellion', which also features other Terrans fighting against you as a third side. The Final Conflict is the biggest battle, with both the Empire and Terran sides starting with equal resources.

The programme also has the ability for players to design their own scenarios. Ship-to-ship combat can be resolved by the computer, or the original The Cosmic Balance can be used for tactical combat.

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Cosmic Balance II Atari 8-bit Colony options menu
Cosmic Balance II Atari 8-bit Phase introduction
Cosmic Balance II Atari 8-bit Ship status - mostly named after water-faring equivalents.
Cosmic Balance II Atari 8-bit Starting map

Alternate Titles

  • "Cosmic Balance II: The Strategic Game" -- Tag-lined title

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Computer Gaming World (CGW) Atari 8-bit Nov, 1992 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Apple II Nov, 1992 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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