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Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares

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MobyRank MobyScore
DOS
84
4.0
Macintosh
76
3.6
Windows
85
4.0

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 Ciarán 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)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
DOS 97 4.0
Macintosh 10 3.6
Windows 135 4.0
Combined MobyScore 242 4.0


The Press Says

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100
WindowsPC Player (Germany)
Wenn Sie sich für epische, lange motivierende Spiele begeistern, gibt es eigentlich nur eine Möglichkeit: Sofort den Raumanzug anziehen, zum nächsten Softwarehändler schweben und nach diesem Spiel verlangen. Master of Orion 2 ist das Beste, was es in unserer Milchstraße im Bereich Weltraumstrategie gibt.
100
DOSPC Player (Germany)
Wenn Sie sich für epische, lange motivierende Spiele begeistern, gibt es eigentlich nur eine Möglichkeit: Sofort den Raumanzug anziehen, zum nächsten Softwarehändler schweben und nach diesem Spiel verlangen. Master of Orion 2 ist das Beste, was es in unserer Milchstraße im Bereich Weltraumstrategie gibt.
90
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Master of Orion 2 is just INTENSE! I absolutely loved this game and if you liked the original Master of Orion I think you will too. For those of you who haven’t played MOO before, let me just say that if you like strategy (or like Civilization type games) then you will flip over this one. I started a game at 2pm one day and played until 4am when I got crushed (same game as above, very disheartening). You cannot get more bang for your buck than with MOO 2.
90
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
Despite these odd shortcomings, MASTER OF ORION 2 is still way up there on the list of games I have played this winter, just not as high as I would have thought. It's a great game, but I suspect that once the initial rush is over, I'll be glad I didn't give up my copies of DEADLOCK or SPACEWARD HO 4.0. What will keep me MMO'ing long into '97 though, is the fact that it still does some things better than all the rest. So while it may not be all that it could have been, MASTER OF ORION 2 is more than likely to make you feel like a winner in the space race.
90
DOSComputer Gaming World (CGW)
Despite these odd shortcomings, MASTER OF ORION 2 is still way up there on the list of games I have played this winter, just not as high as I would have thought. It's a great game, but I suspect that once the initial rush is over, I'll be glad I didn't give up my copies of DEADLOCK or SPACEWARD HO 4.0. What will keep me MMO'ing long into '97 though, is the fact that it still does some things better than all the rest. So while it may not be all that it could have been, MASTER OF ORION 2 is more than likely to make you feel like a winner in the space race.
90
DOSPC Gamer UK
The bottom line: MOO2 is Civilization in space. It could have benefited from more animation, but this is a strategy game immense scope and depth that provides a considerable challenge. Multi-player options allow you to scrap for deep-space Lebensraum over a model or network, but even as a single player game, MOO2 is tougher than old boots. It's not the prettiest game on the strategy block, but it's a game that will steal more hours from your evenings and weekends than anything else around. Stupid acronym, but a great game.
88
WindowsComing Soon Magazine
Even though the traces of the Orions and Antarans seem lost in space and time, the legends about these two civilizations never ceased to go around. What is certain, however, is that the two races had achieved an extraordinary level of knowledge, which the current known races are apparently far from reaching. But despite this remarkable level of civilization, the two races were unable to avoid war. The magnitude of the conflict is hard to conceive, each race had deployed all its energy to combat the other, and the power of the weapons used in the war is simply beyond all imagination. It is said that the Orions were victorious, but instead of eliminating their adversaries, they had them banished into another dimension. Then why did the Orions disappear, leaving a Guardian on their home world is still a part of the mystery that surrounds this race. As for the Antarans themselves, another question remains unanswered, could they return from the inter-dimensional barrier that imprisons them?
88
DOSPC Games (Germany)
Jetzt kommen sie wieder, die besinnlichen Herbst-Tage, an denen man sich in die warme Stube zurückzieht und sich Stunden voller Frohsinn mit einem kurtzweiligen Strategiespiel gönnt. Das ist ganz nach ihrem Geschmack? Dann hätten wir was für Sie: Master of Orion 2, sehnsüchtig erwarteter Nachfolger eines der beliebtesten und preisgekröntesten Science Fiction-Strategiespiele überhaupt, wurde endlich fertiggestellt und übertrifft stellenweise sogar Civilization 2. Wir sagen Ihnen, warum.
87
WindowsGameSpot
When the original Master of Orion first shipped in 1993, the response was mixed. Falling somewhere between the eye-bleeding complexity of games like Pax Imperia and the simplicity of Spaceward Ho!, Master of Orion was loved for the its fast-paced exploration, but beaten up by critics for its simplistic economic model, its repetitive and basic combat system, and its lack of multiplayer options. Now, four years later, SimTex has returned, like the protagonist in a Charles Atlas ad, pumped up with the gameplay equivalent of steroids, to deliver a title that no one would dare call simple.
87
DOSGameSpot
When the original Master of Orion first shipped in 1993, the response was mixed. Falling somewhere between the eye-bleeding complexity of games like Pax Imperia and the simplicity of Spaceward Ho!, Master of Orion was loved for the its fast-paced exploration, but beaten up by critics for its simplistic economic model, its repetitive and basic combat system, and its lack of multiplayer options. Now, four years later, SimTex has returned, like the protagonist in a Charles Atlas ad, pumped up with the gameplay equivalent of steroids, to deliver a title that no one would dare call simple.
84
WindowsPC Player (Denmark)
Master of Orion II er på trods af sine små fejl en underholdende og udfordrende oplevelse, som helt sikkert vil ødelægge mangen en nattesøvn. For alle fans af forgængeren er Master of Orion II ganske enkelt et must (for nu at bruge et godt, gammelt dansk udtryk!). Og mellem os: Mange af snydekoderne fra forgængeren virker stadig...
82
WindowsPower Play
Mit wirklich revolutionären Ideen kann das Programm nicht aufwarten. Außerdem stört mich die Passivität der Gouverneure und Flottenadmiräle. Statt euch zu beraten oder gar selbst die Initiative zu ergreifen, erhalten sie ihre Daseinsberechtigung nur durch die Bonuswerte, die sie in die Waagschale werfen. Fazit: Kein „neuer“ Stern am Strategiehimmel, aber ein hochkomplexer, würdiger Nachfolger eines liebgewonnen Oldies.
80
MacintoshMacworld
Compete against as many as seven computer or human players for control of the universe in this sci-fi adventure. Design a new race of beings and exploit its abilities to vanquish your enemies. The countless strategy options will keep you coming back for more.
80
MacintoshAll Game Guide
All in all, this is a wonderful game. It combines strategy, diplomacy, and running an empire with conquest and the tactics of fighting. If you only buy one world-building sim, make it this one. You won't be sorry.
80
MacintoshMac Game Gate
I give this game a solid 4, although replay is always unique and might deserve a 5. Sound might detract some points to a 3 but you can always turn it off.
80
WindowsGamesmania
Die Rassen haben recht unterschiedliche Stärken, die Anzahl an Waffen, Helden und Raumschiffe ist enorm. Vielleicht wären weniger, aber stärker unterscheidbare Artikel hier besser gewesen - wenn sich alle paar Spielzüge die Forscher wieder mit einer neuen Waffe melden, die nicht allzu revolutionär ist, geht hier die Spannung nach Innovation ein wenig flöten. Außerdem bietet das spielerisch ansonsten rundum überzeugende Spiel leider in den Details einigen Grund zum mäkeln. Da ist zum einen die deutsch Übersetzung der meisten On-Screen-Texte, damit harmoniert die englische Beschriftung aller Armaturen und sonstiger grafischer Darstellungen aber leider wenig: "Difficulty: Anfänger" zum Beispiel. Schön, daß man dem Spiel jetzt einen Mehrspielermodus spendiert hat.
80
DOSGamesmania
Die Rassen haben recht unterschiedliche Stärken, die Anzahl an Waffen, Helden und Raumschiffe ist enorm. Vielleicht wären weniger, aber stärker unterscheidbare Artikel hier besser gewesen - wenn sich alle paar Spielzüge die Forscher wieder mit einer neuen Waffe melden, die nicht allzu revolutionär ist, geht hier die Spannung nach Innovation ein wenig flöten. Außerdem bietet das spielerisch ansonsten rundum überzeugende Spiel leider in den Details einigen Grund zum mäkeln. Da ist zum einen die deutsch Übersetzung der meisten On-Screen-Texte, damit harmoniert die englische Beschriftung aller Armaturen und sonstiger grafischer Darstellungen aber leider wenig: "Difficulty: Anfänger" zum Beispiel. Schön, daß man dem Spiel jetzt einen Mehrspielermodus spendiert hat.
80
DOSHigh Score
Master of Orion II är hel klart ett strategispel som fängslar. Det är relativt enkelt att lära sig men svårt att sluta spela. Detta kombinerat med ett lättlärt gränssnitt och snygg grafik gör det till ett riktigt bra spel. Inte fullt så lysande som Civilization II naturligtvis, men ändå en potentiell potenshöjare för alla interplanetära potentater.
80
MacintoshMac Gamer
Master of Orion II is a very good strategy game. In some ways it strikes me as the child of a mating between Civilization and the original Master of Orion. The added complexity is nice, but it makes the game far too reminiscent of Civilization, and Civilization II. What separates this game from being Civilization-in-space is the ability it gives the player to design and fully control units during combat.
73
DOSPC Xtreme
Allen modischen Strömungen widerstehend bastelte das SimTex-Team eine super-solide Fortsetzung. Die wird aber ein wenig zu kämpfen haben: Im Herbst 1993 war die Strategiespiel-Decke dünn, doch mittlerweile hat man es tonnenweise mit Konkurrenz zu tun. Und trotz der nicht ungeschickten Versuche, einzelne Civ-Elemente zu adaptieren, will sich der hohe Faszinationsgrad vom Kaliber eines "Civilization 2" nicht ganz einstellen. Für dauerhafte Beschätigung ist jedenfalls gesorgt. Dutzende von Planeteneinrichtungen und Forschungszweigen, Freiheit beim Rassen- und Schiffsdesign - wer mit dem etwas nüchternen Spielablauf zurecht kommt, kann hier monatelang abtauchen. Genretypische Lustmomente bei Ausbau und Pflege des eigenen Imperiums sind vorhanden. Das fünfte "X" bei unserer Design-Wertung wird aber mangels Glanztaten bei Abwechslung und Originalität verwehrt.
68
DOSPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Wat mij betreft is Master of Orion 2 afgelopen op een sisser. Na de veranderingen van Civilization 2 gezien te hebben, ging ik ervan uit dat Microprose met MOO2 hetzelfde pad zou bewandelen, met onder andere meer 3D elementen als gevolg. Nu blijven zelfs de ruimtegevechten in pure 2D. Verder wordt er ook geen enkele poging gedaan om toch een beetje multimedia te gebruiken. Om het kort en bondig samen te vaten: MOO2 = MOO1 + SVGA.
60
MacintoshMac Addict
Master of Orion has beautifully rendered graphics all around, as well as a good combat simulator and a great game concept. The star system and the scientific advances and technologies are particularly well done. On the downside, it's cumbersome to keep track of which star system has which resources and buildings after you've colonized more than a few planets. Domination can quickly degenerate into micromanagement.
60
WindowsWorld Village (Gamer's Zone)
Is Master of Orion II worth the wait? I have mixed feelings. I played four bouts and feel drained of all patience, waiting for the game to load graphics from my CD ROM. I doubt I'll play another as a result. If you have a slow CD ROM, as I do, avoid Master of Orion II. The game is fun, but unless you have copious patience, the long CD ROM waits will suck the fun right out of this game for you.