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Master of Orion (DOS)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

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

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.7
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Overall MobyScore (130 votes) 3.9

The Press Says

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All Game Guide
One complaint about the game is its lack of multi-player play. The game begs for a way to compete with your best friend for galactic control. Yet, the compelling features that make Master of Orion such a great game will continue to draw players back for years.
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Civilization in Space! A surprise (and unheralded) hit from MicroProse, this simulation of galactic exploration, development and warfare is a richly-textured product. Graphics coupled with high play value yield a high recommendation.
Just Games Retro
Overall, it’s a great start to a series that would help make conquering space a popular genre. Like any freshman effort, there’s certainly room for improvement, but what’s modeled here works well and is legitimately engaging. A functional diplomatic path to victory offers appreciated variety, the ability to design your own units is very cool, and AI with different race behavior and actual respect of your peace treaties (and that doesn’t cheat!) all make MOO great fun to play. Later, graphically enhanced games probably do the very same thing better, but original MOO isn’t a bad way to kill a weekend… or three.
PC Games (Germany)
Masters of Orion kann wirklich nur 100%igen Strategiefans empfohlen werden. Diese wiederum werden an diesem Spiel ihre helle Freude haben. Von der Waffe am linken äußeren Flügel des Raumschiffs mit der Form 7 bis zu Entwicklungsbestrebungen jedes einzelnen Planeten kann (und muß!) bei Masters of Orion wirklich jede Kleinigkeit vom Spieler gesteuert werden. Wenn Sie Spiele wie Empire Deluxe oder Civilisation mögen, ist wahrscheinlich auch Masters of Orion auf Ihrer Festplatte gut aufgehoben. Persönlich ziehe ich diesem Strategiehammer aber Dune II mit seinen Actioneinlagen vor.
PC Player (Germany)
Alles in allem hat Master of Orion genug Stärken, um auch langfristig Spaß zu machen. Eine gelungene Mischung aus gehaltvollem Regelwerk und relativ leichter Bedienung plus manierlicher Grafik: ausgefeilte Space Opera mit saftigem Motivationspolster.
Power Play
Leider gelang es Simtex nicht, die Grafikfluten zu bändigen, denn zwischen extrabunten Bildchen und fließenden Animationen wird das Spielgeschehen unübersichtlich und verworren. Dies stört den Spielfluß und macht es dem hoffnungsvollen Master of Orion nicht gerade leicht, die Übersicht zu behalten. Der echte Stratege wird auch in Zukunft nicht ohne simple Windows- oder DOS-Icons auskommen – Strategiefans mit Grafikambitionen sollten sich Master of Orion einmal genauer ansehen.
The DOS Spirit
For strategielskere er dette en real klassiker på lik linje med Civilization, Railroad Tycoon med flere. Hvis du liker tanken av å designe dine egne skip for å så ta over verdensrommet, er dette en tittel du bør prøve. Husk forøvrig å passe på klokken, det kan hende den går ifra deg!
Svenska Hemdatornytt
Master of Orion är absolut inget spel för den otålige arkadräven.
I'd have rated this game four stars if it weren't for the interface and the little annoyances. The game is certainly insidious. When I started playing it, I decided I didn't like it. But then I kept playing it. And playing it. In fact, I still find myself playing the game when I have other things to do. If you're willing to put up with a few minor problems (and, after all is said and done, they are minor), you may like this game a bunch.