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Genewars

MobyRank MobyScore
DOS
69
3.4
Windows
73
3.1

User Reviews

Interesting idea, terrible strategy game DOS El-ad Amir (110)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
DOS 7 3.4
Windows 8 3.1
Combined MobyScore 15 3.3


The Press Says

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91
WindowsComing Soon Magazine
Always in search for innovation and originality, Bullfrog's development teams are often at the foremost of the industry, bringing new concepts with explosive graphics and outstanding game play almost every time. However with Genewars, Bullfrog doesn't introduce a radically different style of game, but rather takes the real-time strategy genre by storm. So what Genewars has, that the like of Command & Conquer and Warcraft II, the most two popular real-time strategy games, don't have?
90
WindowsComputer and Video Games (CVG)
Not that I'm saying it's a C&C beater, however. This game isn't going to be everybody's cup of tea, simply because it's so frenetically complicated. If you've read thus far, and you're thinking 'I like the sound of that', then rest assured - you'll love it. Those of you who prefer their games a tad more neanderthal had better leave it alone.
89
DOSGamezilla
Straight up, the bottom line on GeneWars is that it is a well-thought-out, well-designed game. Maybe it's not the most original premise, but Bullfrog did a lot to warm up an old theme. Just as they did with Populous, Bullfrog has given you the chance to play God, and have a lot of fun in the process. Because it is a very difficult game, I would not recommend it to those who are new to the strategy scene. But for those of you who can defeat Stalin with your eyes closed, and are fed up with Blizzard's orcs and ogres, take GeneWars for a spin and see if you can't wreak some ecologically friendly havoc in your own little corner of the universe. One other thing: If you do manage to finish the game, there's a little Secret Toy Surprise waiting for you after the 26th level. Good Luck!
86
DOSPower Play
Kein derzeitiges Echtzeit.Strategiespiel beschreitet soviel Neuland, bietet so viele Betätigungsfelder und besitzt doch noch so viel Vertrautes. Alte Elemente werden so originell verpackt, daß man sich zu gerne von der neuen Hülle blenden läßt. Doch der Augenschmauß hat auch seinen Preis. Selbst ein strammer Pentium 100 geht gelegentlich sanft in die Knie, wenn sich viele Sprites auf dem Bildschirm tummeln. Die etwas langatmig angelegte Entwicklung der Level ist freilich nicht jedermanns Sache. „Gene Wars“ verlangt zwar ungewöhnlich viel Geduld und Ausdauer, belohnt aber dafür mit extrem vielen Spielstunden.
80
WindowsPC Player (Denmark)
Umiddelbart er Gene Wars enormt underholdende at spille. Grafikken er god, og lyden er stemningsfuld. Desværre mister det gnisten efter nogle få missioner, da styringen kan være lidt kringlet ind imellem. Som strategispil er det lidt for simpelt, og actiondelen er ikke særlig godt lavet.
80
DOSPC Player (Germany)
Gene Wars bietet nicht das muntere Drauflosspielen eines Populous. Doch von allen Strategiespielen der letzten Monate ist es eines der komplexeren und mit Sicherheit das innovativste. Fortgeschrittene Echtzeittaktiker, die nicht immer nur Panzer kommandieren wollen, sollten den Krieg der Gene nicht versäumen.
78
DOSPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Gene Wars heeft het allemaal. De knappe intro, de voortreffelijke lay-out en afwerking, de knappe graphics, het prima geluid. Het spel ademt de Bullfrogkwaliteit van bij de installatie tot aan de aftiteling. Het enige departement waar Gene Wars niet de vertrouwde Bullfrogkwaliteit haalt is jammer gnoeg de gameplay.
70
DOSPC Games (Germany)
Daß man Gene Wars nach gut einem Dutzend Levels halbwegs sympathisch findet, liegt zum einen an den spaßigen Mutationen, zum anderen an den hundertprozentigen Patentrezepten eines Echtzeit-Strategiespiels: Gebt dem Volk eine Basis zum Selberbauen, laßt die Gegend auskundschaften und motiviert die Leute durch ständig neue Einheiten und Gebäude! Aber warum funktioniert diese normalerweise abhängig machende Kombination nicht so recht bei Gene Wars? Zum Beispiel wegen des unausgegorenen, anfangs viel zu hohen Schwierigkeitsgrads, den wenig spektakulären Grafiken und dem sagenhaft unhandlichen Interface. Hohe Komplexität plus chaotische Rumklick-“Action“ plus übermächtiger Gegner plus SimLife-artiges Hin- und Herkreuzen von allerlei Getier - ein bißchen viel auf einmal. Als elitäres Strategie-Spiel mit ansatzweise frischen, aber nicht konsequent genug umgesetzten Neuerungen geht es in Ordnung. Für ein Bullfrog-Spiel ist Gene Wars eine ziemliche Enttäuschung.
67
DOSPC Games
In the days of Populous, Theme Park and Magic Carpet, every Bullfrog release was a greatly anticipated gaming event. Then came Hi-Octane and for the first time the gaming public saw the halo tarnished. Sadly, it's slipped a bit more with Gene Wars.
60
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
Despite the interface oversights, GENE WARS has a lot going for it and might be a subtle, enjoyable game were it not for one huge gaping flaw: a pathetic, skimpy, wholly inadequate manual. What is the difference between the Gene Pod and the Gene Lab? What are the special abilities of hybrid creatures? What structures are available and what is the upgrade path to get them? Exactly which shade of brown represent arid ground? Bullfrog isn't telling. It's too bad, really, because if it weren't for the lack of a manual, gamers might have had a fighting chance to savor the humor and originality of Bullfrog's wacky '50s-style space romp.
60
DOSComputer Gaming World (CGW)
Despite the interface oversights, GENE WARS has a lot going for it and might be a subtle, enjoyable game were it not for one huge gaping flaw: a pathetic, skimpy, wholly inadequate manual. What is the difference between the Gene Pod and the Gene Lab? What are the special abilities of hybrid creatures? What structures are available and what is the upgrade path to get them? Exactly which shade of brown represent arid ground? Bullfrog isn't telling. It's too bad, really, because if it weren't for the lack of a manual, gamers might have had a fighting chance to savor the humor and originality of Bullfrog's wacky '50s-style space romp.
58
DOSThe DOS Spirit
Genewars ender opp som et hat eller elsk-forhold. Enten liker du den alternative måten de har angrepet hele strategisjangeren på, eller så faller det gjennom som en tittel som mangler grunnelementene vanlige strategispill «skal ha». Vi synes dette er et godt forsøk, selv om det krever tilvenning. Vær forbered på å tape, rive hår, kaste tastatur og glemme av klokka alt i en merkelig suppe av noe det ikke er lett å vite om en skal like eller la brenne tungt og evig. Vi setter en svak tre og en halv på terningen.
58
WindowsThe DOS Spirit
Genewars ender opp som et hat eller elsk-forhold. Enten liker du den alternative måten de har angrepet hele strategisjangeren på, eller så faller det gjennom som en tittel som mangler grunnelementene vanlige strategispill «skal ha». Vi synes dette er et godt forsøk, selv om det krever tilvenning. Vær forbered på å tape, rive hår, kaste tastatur og glemme av klokka alt i en merkelig suppe av noe det ikke er lett å vite om en skal like eller la brenne tungt og evig. Vi setter en svak tre og en halv på terningen.
58
WindowsGameSpot
I've been accused in the past of being a borderline-bootlicker to Bullfrog; they could do no wrong as far as I was concerned. But that was until Gene Wars. The game seems to have everything Bullfrog's past efforts have provided, including an incredible premise and astounding audio-visual elements. But what made games such as Populous, Syndicate, and Magic Carpet so mind-blowing was that beneath all the beautiful atmosphere lay a finely-tuned, ingenious game. Gene Wars, on the other hand, is just a gorgeous mess.
58
DOSGameSpot
I've been accused in the past of being a borderline-bootlicker to Bullfrog; they could do no wrong as far as I was concerned. But that was until Gene Wars. The game seems to have everything Bullfrog's past efforts have provided, including an incredible premise and astounding audio-visual elements. But what made games such as Populous, Syndicate, and Magic Carpet so mind-blowing was that beneath all the beautiful atmosphere lay a finely-tuned, ingenious game. Gene Wars, on the other hand, is just a gorgeous mess.
40
DOSHigh Score
Och det enda som skulle kunna göra det bättre, att det går att välja att köra hela spelet på svenska, leder tyvärr bara till ett ännu sämre intryck. Det kanske handlar om fördomar, men när vi är vana att figurerna pratar engelska känns det urlöjligt när de hela tiden springer omkring och upprepar saker som "Det är lugnt" eller "Jag ska ssäätta liitet fröö". Fånigast är det ständiga "Goda andar har åkt nu!" och dessutom är spelet till förvirring plottrigt och osammanhängande. Tummen ner.