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Outpost

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Macintosh
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Windows 3.x
70
2.6
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Description

In the first part of the 21st century, scientists discovered a huge asteroid named Vulcan's Hammer headed straight for Earth. A single corporation decided the only way for survival was to colonize other worlds. One ship was launched and as it sat in orbit around Jupiter, Earth was no more. Now it is your task to seek out a new planet and repopulate it with human life. The game is set in an isometric third person perspective, like that of SimCity, in which you must re-colonize the planet while dealing with the intricacies of day-to-day life.

Screenshots

Outpost Windows 3.x Hoping for the game's success, developers included an ad for an expansion pack
Outpost Windows 3.x Yet another vessel goes from orbit to surface
Outpost Windows 3.x Title screen
Outpost Windows 3.x Solar satellite is launched

Alternate Titles

  • "生存" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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User Reviews

Could have been a 5-star classic, but for the bugs. Windows 3.x Jeremy Johnson (638)
Why didn't they just go to the Moon!? Windows 3.x Ciarán Lynch (76)
Horrifying, this game shouldn't have been allowed to be released Windows 3.x Maury Markowitz (226)
Great idea, unfinished game. Windows 3.x Leeor Dicker (9)

The Press Says

PC Gamer Windows 3.x Sep, 1994 93 out of 100 93
Mac Gamer Macintosh 1996 85 out of 100 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Windows 3.x Jun, 1994 10 out of 12 83
All Game Guide Windows 3.x 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
All Game Guide Macintosh 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PC Joker Windows 3.x Sep, 1994 64 out of 100 64
PC Joker Windows 3.x Aug, 1994 62 out of 100 62
PC Player (Germany) Windows 3.x Aug, 1994 55 out of 100 55
Génération 4 Macintosh Feb, 1996 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 33
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows 3.x Oct, 1994 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20

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Trivia

Installation diskette

Despite being released on CD-ROM, version 1.0 of Outpost also included a "Launch Control Disk" in the box on a 3.5" Diskette. This floppy diskette contained BLDGBLD.DAT, BLDGOPS.DAT and OUTPOST.EXE, three files that were required to install the game.

Sales

Despite being considered one of the buggiest games of all time, Outpost was on PC Data's Top Ten best selling games list for several months.

Soundtrack

The orchestrated soundtrack is the classic Mars, the Bringer of War movement from the Gustav Holst symphony The Planets.

Strategy guide

There was an extensive Strategy Guide written for Outpost by the games designer, Bruce Balfour.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – Worst Game of All Time
  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1995 - Most Brutal Customer Stultification in 1994
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1995 – Biggest Disappointment in 1994
Information also contributed by Andrew Grasmeder, Leeor Dicker, Rola and WildKard

Related Web Sites

  • OUTPOST is being redeveloped! (OUTPOST was a great idea but the implementation was far from. Despite that, OUTPOST deserves its 15 minutes of fame and so is now being redeveloped and redesigned!

    Visit the OUTPOST: Missing In Action website for more information!)
Contributed to by Seer (45) and Foxhack (12469)