Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares

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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 thirteen races, while also having the extra option of creating a custom one. They must manage planet resources to build ships and facilities, improving production. 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.


Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares Windows Race customization
Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares DOS Planet listing
Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares Windows The game itself
Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares DOS Install screen

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 (16)
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 (1088)
Nothing worse, but nothing better. DOS Technocrat (175)

Critic Reviews

PC Player (Germany) Windows Oct, 1996 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Coming Soon Magazine Windows Feb, 1997 88 out of 100 88
PC Games (Germany) DOS Oct, 1996 88 out of 100 88
GameSpot DOS Nov 26, 1996 8.7 out of 10 87
PC Joker Windows Oct, 1996 85 out of 100 85
PC Joker DOS Oct, 1996 85 out of 100 85
PC Player (Denmark) Windows 1997 84 out of 100 84 Windows 1996 80 out of 100 80
PC Xtreme DOS Oct, 1996 73 out of 100 73
Mac Addict Macintosh Jan, 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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Has anyone witnessed the battle at Antares? 4 CalaisianMindthief (5618)
Jun 09, 2015
Master of Orion II How to install in win7 1 Dim Gri (30)
Oct 24, 2011


The patch to version 1.31 includes major enhancements for tactical ship combat (besides other minor changes). One could say it's whole new game.

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