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Moonbase Commander is probably the best game I had the pleasure to play this year. Combining a very simple concept with a good presentation and an addictive enough gameplay to keep me playing for years to come, the game has breathed a lot of fresh air into the otherwise stale gaming market. While Moonbase Commander will never top any charts, it will remain a favorite of almost anybody who has ever purchased it. Due to the lack of graphical violence and a very low learning curve, it also remains my top pick for a game-related Christmas gift. If there is a game you would like to buy, you should put Moonbase Commander on the top of your list.
There's a fine line between elegant and merely simple. Contrary to what you might expect of it, MoonBase Commander falls squarely into the elegant category. It's lean, fast-paced, and surprisingly deep. Infogrames' official site calls it "the strategy game for everyone," and for once you can believe the company line. It's hard to imagine anyone not enjoying MoonBase Commander.
Moonbase Commander is one of those rare strategy games that cuts across the lines of age and gender. It is a game accessible to anyone, and everyone can compete well in the game due to a simple concept. The interface is designed for ease of use, and the game boasts terrific sound and graphics. This is a wonderful game.
Basically MoonBase Commander is one better puzzle types strategy game than I've seen in a while. It may not compete with some of the fancier titles out there as far as graphical detail and complexity goes, but it's a really fun game that you can easily install at work to burn some time when your boss isn't looking, or just whittle away an hour or two without noticing the time pass. You'll want to find some other humans to play against however. While the computer AI isn't absolutely terrible, I only lost one game at the very beginning when I didn't know what I was doing. So go out and grab this relatively unhyped little game, it's choice for those on a budget at only $20 and should keep you occupied for a while.
Much like crack cocaine, MoonBase Commander is inexpensive, initially abhorrent, and highly addictive. Its graphics may be bland and its sound effects cheesy, but I can’t stop playing the damn thing.
All in all, Moonbase Commander has filled in my gaming life. Sometimes I don't have the undivided attention for things too complicated and just want to jump into a game, and at $20, the MBC price is right as well. Strategy enthusiasts and casual gamers alike should have no trouble getting into Moonbase Commander, and at such a reasonable price, there's no reason not to take that trip to the moon.
That doesn't mean it's not fun, and like Tetris you can get sucked into the simplest games for hours without realizing it. And Moonbase Commander's $20 budget price tag does a lot to make up for its shortcomings. If you're not a hardcore gamer looking for the latest graphics and the biggest explosions, or if you just have an older computer that can't keep up with Battlefield 1942, you could do a lot worse than Moonbase Commander.
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MC is one of those quiet little games that won’t sell much and seems to serve mainly as a résumé builder for the project’s participants. It’s solid but unremarkable and will soon be one of those titles in the $7.99 bargain bins. Still, it does what it does well and is a good choice for parents who don't mind if Junior indulges in some cartoon-style explosions that at least don’t expose him to the immorality of games that reward carjackings and thrill kills.