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Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares (Windows)

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Legends speak somewhere in space of the mystical planet Orion. Created by the Ancients, it remains unclaimed due to a powerful Guardian that orbits the planet and keeps out intruders. These same Ancients long ago fought a war against the Antarans and banished them into another dimension. Now... long after the Ancients empire has vanished, new races take to the stars, wishing to establish their own star empires, defeat the Antarans and become... The Master of Orion.

Master of Orion II: Battle At Antares is a turn-based 4x space empire game and is the sequel to Master of Orion, reinterpreting that game from scratch. Unlike the original the game can be played single player or with other human players. The player takes the role of a ruler of one of 8 races. They must manage planet resources to build ships and facilities, improving producion. Exploration of the galaxy is done via scouts and colony ships, which can establish new planets as part of the empire. Research must also be done to discover and utilize new technologies. Alien civilizations which are encountered can be negotiated with, or ships can engage in combat in a turn-based grid system. As new systems are explored, random events are triggered and strange artifacts found in orbit around unexplored planets. Wormholes can also be found which allow transport across dozens of parsecs into new star systems.

The game can be won in different ways: Through conquest of all other races, Being voted supreme leader of the galaxy or destruction of the Antarans race.


Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares Windows Colony view
Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares Windows Build menu
Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares Windows Mobilizing your fleet
Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares Windows Main menu

Alternate Titles

  • "MOO 2" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Master of Antares" -- Working title

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User Reviews

I sold Master of Orion II, just to buy it again after 6 months. Lord Zimonov (9) unrated
I agree with Zzap's review: MOO 2 still remains the very best Space-empire building game Jean-Paul Cardinal (16) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars
If you don't own it already, you're mad. BinaryDragon (16) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Addictive as hell. even after you are sick of it, every couple of months you just have to play it again. a great sequel to a great game. Oren Hadas (4) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
A fantastic game, not for the faint of heart however Marty Bonus (41) unrated
A classic space conquest game. Jeff Watts (21) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
If you are looking for a new game to try that isnt a cookie cutter shootem-up then try this one. Trust me Its worth it! William Shawn McDonie (1092) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
If I could make love to one game, this would be it xTSx (15) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Best turn-based galaxy-conquest game to date Zzap (41) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Semi-Successful Blend of Master of Orion and Master of Magic Nathan Kovner (49) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars

The Press Says

PC Player (Germany) Oct, 1996 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Mar, 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) 1996 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Coming Soon Magazine Feb, 1997 88 out of 100 88
GameSpot Nov 26, 1996 8.7 out of 10 87
PC Joker Oct, 1996 85 out of 100 85
PC Player (Denmark) 1997 84 out of 100 84
Power Play Oct, 1996 82 out of 100 82
Gamesmania 1996 80 out of 100 80
World Village (Gamer's Zone) 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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Master of Orion II How to install in win7 1 Dim Gri (30)
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The patch to version 1.31 includes major enhancements for tactical ship combat (besides other minor changes). One could say it's whole new game.

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Tomer Gabel (4364) added Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares (Windows) on Aug 04, 1999
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