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Master of Orion (DOS)

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100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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Description

Master of Orion overlaps with Civilization insofar as you are the leader of one of several races. Technological advance, realm expansion and combat are all key elements. Where it differs is in being set in space.

The planet Orion itself is a lush, fertile planet with vast mineral resources. It is guarded by the Guardian - a powerful vessel which you have to defeat in order to plunder Orion's riches.

As you attempt to expand your empire, you will have to trade and steal technologies form rivals, again much like Civ. Your ships can be improved over the game, in terms of engine power, shields, cloaking devices and weapons, and different combinations of these can be integrated. Resource management is largely set using sliders, which reduces the amount of time spent on micro-management.

Screenshots

Master of Orion DOS What a ugly race
Master of Orion DOS The enemy has chosen to retreat.
Master of Orion DOS Successful espionage can even frame another race.
Master of Orion DOS New research

Alternate Titles

  • "MOO" -- Informal abbreviation

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User Reviews

The pinnacle of 4x gaming, infinitely playable even today, and one of the only empire games that eats formulaic players for breakfast J. P. Gray (111) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Quite simply, the best TBS ever! Jeffrey Graw (61) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Fantastic Cyric (50) unrated
Total Classic William Shawn McDonie (1152) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A great game. Wolfang (134) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Most addicting turn based strategy ever Darryl White (9) unrated
Strategy players looking for a challenge will love it. Yeah Right (57) unrated
A great classic by all standards. Tomer Gabel (4388) unrated
An addictive and epic game Jonathon Howard (106) unrated
Space Conquest just got much better MaiZure (114) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars

The Press Says

All Game Guide 1998 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Computer Gaming World (CGW) May, 1994 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Just Games Retro Jul 28, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 1993 78 out of 100 78
PC Games (Germany) Nov, 1993 78 out of 100 78
Power Play Nov, 1993 70 out of 100 70
The DOS Spirit Dec 03, 2006 4 out of 6 67
Svenska Hemdatornytt Mar, 1994 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
Dragon Feb, 1994 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Help me get into this game 4 Indra is here (19706)
Apr 29, 2009

Trivia

Jerry Pournelle

Famous Sci-Fi novelist and long time technology columnist Jerry Pournelle frequently mention his appreciation for Master of Orion i his Chaos Manor columns. He's often stated its one of his all time favorite games.

References

When playing against the Meklars, one of the names for the leader (picked randomly from a pool in the NAMES.LBX file) is TX-1138. Likely a reference to George Lucas's movie THX-1138, which he himself has referred to in little in-jokes throughout the Star Wars movies.

Star Lords

Star Lords was a sort-of prototype game for Master of Orion. It was released as freeware in 2001.

Spaceward Ho!

Master of Orion borrows several game elements from Spaceward Ho!.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • June 1994 (Issue #119) – Strategy Game of the Year
    • April 1996 (Issue #141) – Introduced into the Hall of Fame
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) - #33 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #64 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • PC Gamer
    • April 2000 - #37 in the "Readers All-Time Top 50" poll
    • October 2001 - #31 in the "Top 60 Games of All Time" list (They go on to credit the game for the creation of the '4X' genre of strategy gaming ('explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate').)
    • April 2005 - #44 in the "50 Best Games of All Time" list
Information also contributed by Adam Baratz, Entorphane, Michael Palomino, PCGamer77, Scott Monster and Technocrat

Related Web Sites

  • Master of Orion on the Mac (An article on Low End Mac about the Macintosh version of the game. The writer describes his experiences originally running the game on his PCs when it was released and his attempts to enjoy the game on his Macs. The article effectively takes the form of a retrospective appreciation of the game, with an underlying point regarding the backwards compatibility of Apple's hardware (Jul. 1st, 2008).)
Tomer Gabel (4388) added Master of Orion (DOS) on Aug 13, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Terok Nor (18445)