DescriptionLegends 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.
- "MOO 2" -- Common abbreviation
- "Master of Antares" -- Working title
Part of the Following Groups
|Crafted, polished and sublime.||Ciarán Lynch (76)|
|One of the best turn-based strategy games out there.||El-ad Amir (110)||unrated|
|Nothing worse, but nothing better.||Technocrat (175)|
|Nothing big||Heikki Sairanen (105)|
|PC Player (Germany)||Oct, 1996||100|
|Computer Gaming World (CGW)||Mar, 1997||90|
|PC Gamer UK||Dec, 1996||90 out of 100||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|
|Gamesmania.de||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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TriviaThe original Master of Orion won four "best game" awards: the 1993 Strategy Plus "strategy game of the year", the 1993 Game Bytes "strategy game of the year", the 1993 Gaming World "premier award computing" and the 1994 Pelit Magazine "best PC game".
The sequal was awarded a 90% score in PC Gamer and a 92% score in PC Zone.
Related Web Sites
- Master of Orion II Home Page (A Microprose Space resource management game. Lists race characteristics, improvements, technology and has a poll.)
- Master of Orion II Online (Fansite with blog, DOSBox guide and a comprehensive mod list (English))
- The Orion Nebula Forum (Fan forum about multiplayer and the unofficial 1.4 patch (English))