Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares (DOS)

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Legends speak somewhere in space of the mystical planet Orion. Created by the Ancients, it remains unclaimed due to a powerful Guardian that orbits the planet and keeps out intruders. These same Ancients long ago fought a war against the Antarans and banished them into another dimension. Now... long after the Ancients empire has vanished, new races take to the stars, wishing to establish their own star empires, defeat the Antarans and become... The Master of Orion.

Master of Orion II: Battle At Antares is a turn-based 4x space empire game and is the sequel to Master of Orion, reinterpreting that game from scratch. Unlike the original the game can be played single player or with other human players. The player takes the role of a ruler of one of thirteen races, while also having the extra option of creating a custom one. They must manage planet resources to build ships and facilities, improving production. Exploration of the galaxy is done via scouts and colony ships, which can establish new planets as part of the empire. Research must also be done to discover and utilize new technologies. Alien civilizations which are encountered can be negotiated with, or ships can engage in combat in a turn-based grid system. As new systems are explored, random events are triggered and strange artifacts found in orbit around unexplored planets. Wormholes can also be found which allow transport across dozens of parsecs into new star systems.

The game can be won in different ways: Through conquest of all other races, Being voted supreme leader of the galaxy or destruction of the Antarans race.


Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares DOS Race selection - Sakkra
Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares DOS Race selection - Bulrathi
Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares DOS Race selection - Gnolams
Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares DOS Race selection - Klackons

Alternate Titles

  • "MOO 2" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Master of Antares" -- Working title

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User Reviews

Crafted, polished and sublime. CiarĂ¡n Lynch (76) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
One of the best turn-based strategy games out there. El-ad Amir (110) unrated
Nothing worse, but nothing better. Technocrat (175) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
Nothing big Heikki Sairanen (105) 2.2 Stars2.2 Stars2.2 Stars2.2 Stars2.2 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Player (Germany) Oct, 1996 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
PC Gamer UK Dec, 1996 90 out of 100 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Mar, 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Games (Germany) Oct, 1996 88 out of 100 88
GameSpot Nov 26, 1996 8.7 out of 10 87
PC Joker Oct, 1996 85 out of 100 85 1996 80 out of 100 80
High Score Feb, 1997 4 out of 5 80
PC Xtreme Oct, 1996 73 out of 100 73
Gameplay (Benelux) Jan, 1997 68 out of 100 68


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The patch to version 1.31 includes major enhancements for tactical ship combat (besides other minor changes). One could say it's whole new game.

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