O.R.B.: Off-World Resource Base (Windows)

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Long ago a great empire spanned the stars until it collapsed. The worlds of this empire fell into an intergalactic dark age and forgot their past. In the Aldus solar system, spaceflight has been regained. Two different races, the Malus and the Alyssians, both venture out into space for the first time and encounter one another. Due to fragmented legends among both races, they soon grow distrustful of one another and declare war. However the Alyssians and Malus are weak in resources, having been confined to their planets for so long, and so it's important for both sides to establish Offworld Resource Bases.

O.R.B. is a 3D real-time strategy game, similar in gameplay to Homeworld. The player must build up bases and oversee the collection of resources in space. These can then be used to construct new vessels and spaceships as well as research additional abilities. Asteroids and planets can provide a strategic advantage in the positioning of forces. The player can assign movement and combat orders to individual units or as a group.


O.R.B.: Off-World Resource Base Windows Freighter leaving the flagship.
O.R.B.: Off-World Resource Base Windows Freighter returning from a mission. Comet passing by in the background.
O.R.B.: Off-World Resource Base Windows A enemy ship has lost this little dogfight.
O.R.B.: Off-World Resource Base Windows Close up of animated soldier entering ship.

Alternate Titles

  • "家园外传:星际原动力" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "О.Р.Б." -- Russian spelling

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Critic Reviews

GameStar (Germany) Jan, 2003 81 out of 100 81
Withingames Aug 18, 2003 4 out of 5 80
Armchair Empire, The Dec 16, 2002 8 out of 10 80
Game Watcher Aug 05, 2003 7.8 out of 10 78
PC Zone Benelux Jan, 2003 77 out of 100 77
PC Games (Germany) May 27, 2003 73 out of 100 73
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Dec 06, 2002 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Gameplay (Benelux) Jun, 2003 70 out of 100 70
Joystick (French) Feb, 2003 6 out of 10 60
GameElite.se Jun 18, 2003 3 out of 6 50


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O.R.B.: Off-World Resource Base was supposed to be released before Homeworld was. In fact, it was in development before development on Homeworld started. However, due to some unforeseen problems the game was pushed repeatedly until late 2002.

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John Chaser (460) added O.R.B.: Off-World Resource Base (Windows) on Nov 18, 2002