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Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares

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Released
Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
DOS
84
4.0
Macintosh
76
3.6
Windows
85
4.0
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Description

Legends 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.

Screenshots

Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares DOS Race selection - Bulrathi
Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares Windows Game options
Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares DOS Intro movie
Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares DOS Race selection - Darlocks

Alternate Titles

  • "MOO 2" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Master of Antares" -- Working title

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User Reviews

I sold Master of Orion II, just to buy it again after 6 months. Windows Lord Zimonov (9)
I agree with Zzap's review: MOO 2 still remains the very best Space-empire building game Windows Jean-Paul Cardinal (15)
If you don't own it already, you're mad. Windows BinaryDragon (16)
Crafted, polished and sublime. DOS CiarĂ¡n Lynch (76)
Addictive as hell. even after you are sick of it, every couple of months you just have to play it again. a great sequel to a great game. Windows Oren Hadas (4)
One of the best turn-based strategy games out there. DOS El-ad Amir (110)
A fantastic game, not for the faint of heart however Windows Marty Bonus (41)
A classic space conquest game. Windows Jeff Watts (21)
If you are looking for a new game to try that isnt a cookie cutter shootem-up then try this one. Trust me Its worth it! Windows William Shawn McDonie (1152)
Nothing worse, but nothing better. DOS Technocrat (176)

The Press Says

Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Mar, 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Gamer UK DOS Dec, 1996 90 out of 100 90
GameSpot DOS Nov 26, 1996 8.7 out of 10 87
GameSpot Windows Nov 26, 1996 8.7 out of 10 87
Power Play Windows Oct, 1996 82 out of 100 82
Macworld Macintosh Feb, 1999 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
High Score DOS Feb, 1997 4 out of 5 80
All Game Guide Macintosh 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Xtreme DOS Oct, 1996 73 out of 100 73
PC Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Jan, 1997 68 out of 100 68

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Trivia

The Antaran Star Fortress (when you travel to their homeworld via Dimensional Portal) is commanded by a Ship Captain. His (her?) name is Xyphys, the Antaran Warrior, and has the following abilities:

Fighter Pilot* Helmsman* Ordnance* Security* Weaponry*

as noted in the moohero.lbx archive.

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