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Space Empires IV (Windows)

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Description

The Space Empires series of exploration-based strategy games made it to a fourth title. The goal is the same of games like Master of Orion and the predecessors, you must survive and maybe conquer the rest of the galaxy. You must build facilities, ships on planets with differing resource potential. Once settled, you can discover technologies, and must watch out for enemy empires and pay attention to diplomacy, economics and resources. Ministers take care of micro-management tasks. The game is highly customizable, with attributes for most characters editable through text files, and a wide range of victory conditions available.

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Space Empires IV Windows Colony list shows the population and happiness levels for all populated colonies.
Space Empires IV Windows The planet list tells you about nearby planets.  You can see the resource levels for each planet and moon.
Space Empires IV Windows Construction list at the home planet.  Right now it is building warships.
Space Empires IV Windows Resource management is empire-wide.  Don't run out of minerals!

Alternate Titles

  • "太空帝国IV" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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User Reviews

The way 4x games were meant to be played D Michael (221) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
A great work of art. Technocrat (176) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
Ruinously Bad AI Nathan Pannbacker (58) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars
XXXXtremely good! Hugh McKenna (5) unrated

The Press Says

IGN Jan 17, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Strategy Gaming Online Jan 02, 2001 8.7 out of 10 87
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Nov 19, 2000 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot Nov 28, 2000 8.1 out of 10 81
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Armchair Empire, The May 08, 2002 8 out of 10 80
Strategy Informer Aug 12, 2003 7.7 out of 10 77
ActionTrip Dec 25, 2000 70 out of 100 70
PC Player (Germany) Jan, 2001 47 out of 100 47
GameStar (Germany) Jan, 2001 25 out of 100 25

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Trivia

Aaron Hall, the Space Empires series designer, points Starfire as one of his main sources of inspiration. Starfire is a board game that features ship combat at tactical level; it has also a set of rules in which you manage an empire, in a way similar to 4X games.

To date, you can learn more about Starfire at: http://www.starfiredesign.com/starfire

Related Web Sites

  • Official Site (Official SE IV (and Gold edition) site of developers Malfador Machinations.)
emanjonez (65) added Space Empires IV (Windows) on Apr 16, 2001