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Dark Colony (Windows)

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Description

In a gloomy not-so-distant future, mankind have finally made it to Mars. The colonization of the red planet is vital for humanity's survival, as the heavily polluted Earth's resources are nearly depleted. At the same time, the Taar, a mysterious alien race that lost their homeworld many centuries ago, has decided to take Mars as their new home.

As the war between the two species erupts, the player has to choose his side and lead his people to ultimate domination over the red planet. Things become even more complicated when the ruins of an extinct ancient civilization are found on Mars, revealing immensely destructive weapons that could easily turn the tide of the war in favor of the faction that manages to gain control over them first.

Dark Colony is a real-time strategy with heavy emphasis on the actual combat. Resource gathering, base construction and unit production have been made as simple and fast as possible, allowing the player to focus on decimating the enemy armies. Ancient artifacts, available in some of the missions, provide unique options for beating the odds, even when they seem to be against you (and they often will).

The game plot advances through short cutscenes, briefings and debriefings which detail the development of the war. The game also offers various promotions and decorations that you can earn for your player character, who will actually be present on the battlefield, acting as a more powerful and durable trooper with some special abilities (such as calling in reinforcements and inspiring the regular troopers).

Screenshots

Dark Colony Windows Debriefing after a successful alien mission - I got a medal and didn't lose any troops.
Dark Colony Windows Teleporting soldiers into planet
Dark Colony Windows Boot camp on Earth - Target practice for troopers.
Dark Colony Windows The interface is quite fancy sci-fi looking, but it's hard to read too.

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User Reviews

Simple sci-fi RTS Viktor Kovacs (15) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars

The Press Says

CD-Action Oct, 1997 9 out of 10 90
Power Play Sep, 1997 81 out of 100 81
Power Unlimited Oct, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Game.EXE Sep, 1997 71 out of 100 71
GameStar (Germany) Oct, 1997 71 out of 100 71
PC Games (Germany) Oct, 1997 70 out of 100 70
Gamezilla 1997 64 out of 100 64
PC Player (Germany) Oct, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Feb 17, 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Game Revolution Jun 05, 2004 C- 42

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Trivia

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Dark Colony is one of the first RTS to add day/night cycle as a tactical consideration, as the Greys see much better during night time (those big eyes, you know).

Related Web Sites

  • Polish Dark Colony Fansite (One of little remaining Dark Colony fansites. Patches, a multiplayer client and full game downloads are uploaded and tournaments are occasionally organised. The site can be read in both Polish and English.)
jeremy strope (126) added Dark Colony (Windows) on Dec 03, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Terok Nor (18397)