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Homeworld: Cataclysm (Windows)

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Description

Homeworld: Cataclysm is a stand-alone expansion for the Real-Time Strategy Homeworld.

It includes a new race called "The Beast", an alien sort of biomechanical parasite that "converts" any other units that come in close proximity to such "infected" Beast units.

There are also new units available, such as the Mimic, a fighter that nearly perfectly imitates other units and objects (even such as asteroids); a Ramming Frigate, which rams itself into hostile ships, and many more new units also.

Home-base management has become more complex: If one wants to research new ship classes, one must build a Research Laboratory to do this. If one wants to research a new weapon technology, one must construct yet another Lab. If the player wants to expand his fleet, he must build rooms for his pilots, to support them. All of these add-ons are attached to the "Mothership" (which in this game is actually a large Mining vessel). The Missions' design and scenarios are also new and quite different from as in Homeworld. The controlling user-interface is also improved.

Multiplayer games are available via local network (or virtual LAN), as general Internet games were hosted on the now-defunct WON.net network.

Screenshots

Homeworld: Cataclysm Windows The "Processor", a mighty one.
Homeworld: Cataclysm Windows A really stylish ship - the "Hive Frigate"
Homeworld: Cataclysm Windows Shield unique ships.
Homeworld: Cataclysm Windows Orders received - harvesting.

Alternate Titles

  • "家园:惊世浩劫" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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User Reviews

If only the original Homeworld had been this good... BJ Hoskins (3) unrated
Great game with some annoying, niggly quirks. luciphercolors (62) unrated
Umm... well... somebody (6) unrated
Great sequel to a classic game. Kartanym (10772) unrated

The Press Says

FiringSquad Oct 16, 2000 93 out of 100 93
GameSpy Sep, 2000 91 out of 100 91
GamersMark May 29, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Game Over Online Sep 23, 2001 90 out of 100 90
Neoseeker Oct 02, 2000 90 out of 100 90
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Oct, 2000 88 out of 100 88
Jeuxvideo.com Oct 09, 2000 17 out of 20 85
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2000 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Player (Germany) Oct, 2000 81 out of 100 81
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2000 8 out of 10 80

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Trivia

Server shutdown

The official Sierra game servers were shut down on 1st November 2008.
DaHero (868) added Homeworld: Cataclysm (Windows) on Sep 01, 2000