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As its name implies, M.A.X.: Mechanized Assault and Exploration is a conquer 'n' plunder-type strategy game in the same vein as the Warcraft or Command & Conquer series, albeit with a few interesting twists. The goal of M.A.X. is to colonize newly-discovered planets, controlling the resources found there, and defend your colony against other rival factions looking to literally blow you off the planet.

M.A.X. is most notable for its ability to be played as a real-time or more traditional turn-based strategy game, which can significantly impact how the game is played. The length of turns is adjustable, as is game speed, so the game can be as challenging or brain-dead as the player wants. But at its core, M.A.X. is about resource-gathering, building, and tactical combat. The game offers more than 50 land, sea, and air units, most of which can be upgraded to improve their armor, speed, and range. You can play as one of eight different Factions (all of which are explained in a rather lengthy fictional introduction in the manual), either in a complete campaign or in a limitless number of custom missions. There's also a tutorial campaign to get new players up to speed on the myriad unit and building options.


M.A.X.: Mechanized Assault & Exploration DOS Mission Briefing
M.A.X.: Mechanized Assault & Exploration DOS Tank stats
M.A.X.: Mechanized Assault & Exploration DOS Allocate Resources
M.A.X.: Mechanized Assault & Exploration DOS Moving assault gun

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A true underdog. One of the all-time greats. DOS Jim Newland (53)
Unlike its sequel, a classic that brought some new ideas to the party when RTS clones were dominating everything DOS weregamer (157)
This game requires superior strategy and skill, but is easy to learn. Windows Mattz1010 (17)

Critic Reviews

Gamezilla DOS 1996 94 out of 100 94
Game.EXE DOS Jan, 1997 90 out of 100 90
Privat Computer PC Windows 1997 89 out of 100 89
GameSpot DOS Dec 03, 1996 8.6 out of 10 86
PC Joker DOS Feb, 1997 86 out of 100 86 Windows 1996 85 out of 100 85
PC Player (Germany) DOS Jan, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game.EXE DOS Jan, 1997 60 out of 100 60
High Score DOS Apr, 1997 3 out of 5 60


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