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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 thirteen races, while also having the extra option of creating a custom one. They must manage planet resources to build ships and facilities, improving production. 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.

Screenshots

Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares Windows Build menu
Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares Windows Race selection
Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares Windows Fleet view
Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares Windows Battle

Alternate Titles

  • "银河霸主II:安特雷斯之战" -- Chinese spelling (Simplified)
  • "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 (1088) 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

Critic Reviews

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.de 1996 80 out of 100 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Jan, 1997 68 out of 100 68
World Village (Gamer's Zone) 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

Combat system

The whole tactical ship combat system has many similarities with the system used in Renegade Legion: Interceptor. This not is not only restricted to technical aspects. If one examines the ship graphics in Interceptor more closely, there should be a moment of déjà vu.

Development

The folks at SimTex were calling this game Master of Antares when it was in early development. Later the name was changed to Master of Orion 2 so the game would be more easily recognized by consumers as the sequel to the award-winning original.

References

  • Loknar’s ship was christened as “Avenger”, exactly the same as the ship you need in X-COM to travel to Cydonia. Even the graphics are similar! Take a look at them and compare! Coincidence?
  • Another coincidence with X-COM? Perhaps the similarity between "Elerium" (the alien energy source from X-COM) and the "Elerians" (the matriarchal psychic race of Moo2) is intentional?
  • In another X-COM coincidence... both Master of Orion games as well as the first X-COM game have an alien race named "Silicoid", however the look of the creatures is very different between the two game series.
  • The Antaran Star Fortress (when you travel to their homeworld via Dimensional Portal) is commanded by a Ship Captain. His (her?) name is Xyphys, the Antaran Warrior, and has the following abilities: "Fighter Pilot* Helmsman* Ordnance* Security* Weaponry*" as noted in the moohero.lbx archive.
  • Phasers, food replicators, transporters, federation type government, the human leader being bald, charismatic and democratic and a few of the ship designs may be references to Star Trek:The Next Generation.

Awards

  • Origin Awards
    • 1996 - Best Fantasy or Science Fiction Computer Game
Information also contributed by Chris Martin, Dum Gri, lilalurl, NGC 5194, PCGamer77, Technocrat and WildKard.

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Tomer Gabel (4354) added Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares (Windows) on Aug 04, 1999
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