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Space Rangers (Windows)

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Description

Space Rangers sets you up as a member of the Space Rangers, a small group of individuals who are there to protect the universe. After a long and bloody time, the four races in the galaxy have learned to live together mostly peacefully. Everything seems to be going well until the Klissans enter this arm of the galaxy.

The Klissans are a race who are bent on conquering all worlds and systems and will not reply to diplomacy. Their weapons and ships are much more powerful than the other races. Because the Klissans are more likely to target and wipe out large groups of ships, it was decided to have the Space Rangers do battle with the Klissans. The military, privateers, and even traders will help out, but it is up to the Rangers to turn the tide.

Choose from any of the four races and then if you want to be a pirate, trader, or warrior. Each of these combinations have specific abilities and "inabilities." For instance, you might have a bonus to technology, but be hated by one or more of the four races. Choose wisely and then start your campaign.

In the game, you will work to make money by trading and recovering items such as minerals floating in space. With that money, you can upgrade your ship with new items - weapons, armor, shields, engines, cargo hook, scanners, and more. You will need these upgrades to survive.

When you get into space, you can collect anything floating around in space, destroy asteroids (try not to get hit by any), fight ships (steal from them, kill the enemies, or protect friends), talk to other ships, and move between sectors.

Battles in normal space are real-time with the ability to pause the battle between turns. You can try getting other ships to help you in a battle, or you can do it all yourself. If you survive, you might find some piece of the enemy's ship that you can get and either use or sell.

Other than normal space, there is also hyperspace (worm holes) that connect sectors. In these areas, you have the option to stop in different pockets of space where you can possibly find minerals and enemies. These areas are set up in an arena fashion with a small area to move around in. When battling in these areas, battles are completely real-time without the ability to pause or run from the battle. You can run around the arena to avoid being shot, but you can't leave until all enemies are destroyed. There are also powerups in these areas that can help or hurt you.

The battle is so large and the Klissans are so powerful that you will most likely not be able to start turning the tide before they control over 2/3 of the galaxy. And then you have to manage to take it all back with the help of other Rangers. You can hire others to join you if you would like extra help.

Screenshots

Space Rangers Windows Planets come in a variety of sizes and shapes... all look great, tho
Space Rangers Windows Here is a hyperspace "clot" where you might find minerals or do battle.  You can't leave until all enemies are destroyed
Space Rangers Windows The story begins...
Space Rangers Windows Your ship has various places to put equipment.  As you get bigger hulls, you will have more space for equipment

Alternate Titles

  • "太空游侠" -- Chinese Title (Simplified)
  • "Космические рейнджеры" -- Russian Spelling
  • "Vesmírní kovbojové" -- Czech Spelling

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User Reviews

Interesting space adventure/economy, but ultimately leaves you lost Nate Wolff (12) 3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars

The Press Says

Absolute Games (AG.ru) Jan 09, 2003 90 out of 99 91
Eurogamer.net (UK) Oct 05, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Joystick (French) Jul, 2004 2 out of 10 89
Power Unlimited Feb, 2006 85 out of 100 85
Factornews Jul 29, 2004 5 out of 10 50
Jeuxvideo.com Jun 03, 2004 9 out of 20 45

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Riamus (8121) added Space Rangers (Windows) on Jun 24, 2004