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Dune: The Battle for Arrakis (Genesis)

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Description

Westwood Studios' real-time strategy classic Dune II received a major overhaul when ported to the Sega Genesis. While the basic concept remains the same, the game features all-new graphics, streamlined controls, changes to the tech tree as well as completely new levels.

As in the original game, the player controls the troops of one of three noble Houses, called by the Emperor to mine the Spice Melange on the planet Arrakis, also known as Dune. A series of consecutive battles must be won by mining spice, constructing a base and building units to attack the enemy.

The rather complex menu-based controls of the original game have been replaced by a context-sensitive cursor system, where a unit reacts according to what is below the cursor - either moving to a destination or attacking an enemy unit, for example.

The tech tree has been simplified: Among other changes, concrete slabs are only available in the 2x2 size, there is only one type of vehicle factory and the advanced units do not require an IX research center anymore.

Finally, the progression of levels in the console version is strictly linear, as there is no choice of the next map to be played as in the original version.

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Dune: The Battle for Arrakis Genesis Build menu
Dune: The Battle for Arrakis Genesis Players get to choose a house to play for
Dune: The Battle for Arrakis Genesis The house of Harkonnen's description
Dune: The Battle for Arrakis Genesis Options

Alternate Titles

  • "Dune II: Kampf um den W├╝stenplaneten" -- German title
  • "Dune II: Battle for Arrakis" -- European title

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Real Time Strategy Starts Here Liam Dowds (51) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars

The Press Says

High Score Sep, 1994 5 out of 5 100
Consoles Plus May, 1994 91 out of 100 91
Hardcore Gaming 101 2000 9 out of 10 90
Sega-16.com Aug 01, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Mega Fun Apr, 1994 83 out of 100 83
GamePro (US) Dec, 1993 4 out of 5 80
MEGA Jan, 1994 80 out of 100 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jan, 1994 8 out of 10 80
Power Unlimited May, 1994 7.7 out of 10 77
Game Informer Magazine Jun, 2004 7 out of 10 70

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Terok Nor (19023) added Dune: The Battle for Arrakis (Genesis) on Sep 13, 2009