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 8 races. They must manage planet resources to build ships and facilities, improving producion. 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
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The Press Says
|PC Player (Germany)||DOS||Oct, 1996||100|
|PC Player (Germany)||Windows||Oct, 1996||100|
|PC Gamer UK||DOS||Dec, 1996||90 out of 100||90|
|PC Games (Germany)||DOS||Oct, 1996||88 out of 100||88|
|Coming Soon Magazine||Windows||Feb, 1997||88 out of 100||88|
|GameSpot||Windows||Nov 26, 1996||8.7 out of 10||87|
|Mac Gamer||Macintosh||1997||80 out of 100||80|
|Gamesmania||Windows||1996||80 out of 100||80|
|PC Xtreme||DOS||Oct, 1996||73 out of 100||73|
|PC Gameplay (Benelux)||DOS||Jan, 1997||68 out of 100||68|
|Topic||# Posts||Last Post|
|Master of Orion II How to install in win7||1||Dim Gri (30)
Oct 24, 2011
TriviaIn another X-Com coincidence... both Master of Orion games as well as the first X-Com game have an alien race named "Silicoid", however the look of the creatures is very different between the two game series.
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))