- Imperium Galactica (1994 on DOS)
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Imperium Galactica is set sometime during the fourth millennium and you, as a human, must rebuild the Human Empire. You start out as a young lieutenant and are given a series of missions to complete. You then advance to the next rank and are given more ships to control and more available commands, but you have more area of the universe to police and more colonies. This continues until you reach the rank of Grand Admiral, where you are able to view the whole map.
When you are in command of a region, you must worry about its economy. Ensure that taxes are collected and that the people are well-fed and reproducing. 75 new scientific discoveries can be made over the course of the game.
Your enemies are a bunch of alien races. They each have their own style of architecture, ships, and land-based units. However, some are more inspired than others. Diplomacy options ensure that all-out war is not the only way to victory. In combat you have ships to protect and mercenary pirates to deal with.
There is a plot-driven interactive movie element to the game, with an opening movie, and cutscenes appearing whenever you advance in rank and also at certain other points in the game. Voices used in these are computer generated.
The player has to refit every single ship manually. The land battles resemble Command & Conquer , though with only vehicle units.
- 银河霸主 - Simplified Chinese spelling
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Average score: 72% (based on 13 ratings)
Average score: 3.3 out of 5 (based on 21 ratings with 2 reviews)
Imperium Galactica is one of those games that I can't make up my mind about - it might be a great idea lurking in a lousy game, or it might just be lousy.
The game starts off well enough, you need to patch up your small collection of colonies while at the same time completing some basic anti-piracy missions. Once you've completed the last (and they're simple) you're given control of more worlds and essentially move onto the "next phase".
Again the game revolves around taking care of the colonies, building them up, and getting ready for the fights that are about to start. And again there are missions to complete, this time fighting the spread of a plague, which turns out to be dropped on your planets by nearby aliens. When you get the device (from HQ) that lets you see them, you again move on.
Eventually the map increases to show the entire "galaxy" and you need to take on the worst of the worst of the aliens in a battle for supremicy. At some point during this time the missions just kind of stop, which I found rather silly.
The key to the game is to FULLY EXPLORE AND RESEARCH everything possible before triggering the event that leads onto the next stage. If you don't the enemy will overwhelm you. For instance, one stage ends when you kill off the local aliens that I noted earlier, it's important to leave them on a single planet while you take over everything else and research away first - THEN go in and take it out. (note that research is also capped by current level). That's about it, beyond that it's largely a slugfest.
Graphics and sound are good to excellent. I particularily liked the architechture. When taking over an alien held planet you don't kick everyone off, but instead have to build up the planet with their people. This leaves you in control of their buildings and tech, and as a result you end up with all sorts of very cool alien buildings. One word of warning here, you only get to build on these planets what you captured, if you take over a planet with low tech, no amount of research will improve it in the future - so it's in your interests to allow aliens to improve for a bit before taking them over, or reducing them to rubble.
Ok first off the missions are completely hardwired, they're the same every single time. Moreover they're pretty poorly constructed, for instance the missions are announced on a little TV screen that's almost laughable - it's like watching an old kung fu movie where the voices don't match up with the mouths - or in this case the expectation of what the people should sound like.
Even worse is the way the missions just end. You're playing missions, then you're not. It's clearly a case of the game being rushed out, and I found it rather distracting.
Another problem is that in order to make the game challenging at the end, the finaly alian race cheats (I think). Basically they come at you with these massive fleets, and there's simply no way they could have built the ships in time. For instance they'll come to one of your planets and if they get beat back (which you can only do with a fully upgraded planet), they'll be back with another 150 ships shortly - and the fleet will be exactly the same.
And this reveals the last major flaw, combat is completely scripted. Every time I would be attacked by one of these super-fleets the combat (5 minutes or so!) would happen in EXACTLY the same way - fighters would come in, then some of the smaller ships, then a mass attack. It would also end the same way every time, at some point the remaining small ships and fighters would turn around and take off - or if the planet wasn't upgraded, I'd lose it.
Ground combat didn't appear to be as scripted, but I found myself shouting at the screen as my fortresses (which need to be reduced in order to capture a planet) would divide their fire among several targets instead of concentrating it. Meanwhile their forts seemed to have no such problems. While somewhat interesting a few times, this too was nothing more than a slugfest and didn't seem to add much to the game.
The Bottom Line
A combo of a storyline and MOO sounds like a good idea, and might have been one, but they just didn't pull it off.
DOS · by Maury Markowitz (266) · 2001
This game took a unique tack: instead of a "tutorial" for the full-fledged stellar empire game, the player plays through the story of starting with a single surviving outpost and slowly progressing up to a galactic force. This is very interesting, provides much more of an actual interactive story atmosphere, and probably makes the game a little more accessible to non-fanatics.
Unfortunately, they didn't provide a way to skip the early, more-tutorial parts of the story on replay. So, despite the randomization of various elements, the game had basically zero replay value. There were also some UI design and game design flaws, which made things like upgrading ships unnecessarily painful, and in at least one case left you trying to figure out how to do something when in fact you simply weren't allowed to until the next stage in the campaign/story.
The Bottom Line
A nifty and original attempt at the basic problem of combining real interactivity with real story. A notable landmark in the genre of space strategy games, but unlike most such, not really a game I'd recommend to players looking for retro fun.
DOS · by weregamer (155) · 2003
The Hungarian release (first release) and the foreign release (American, UK, France) have different cutscenes. The Hungarian version has cutscenes that have uncompleted textures and the opening of the game actually is live action but in the other releases it was fully CGI. It was said that GT didn't like some of the live action scenes because of the backgrounds and the actors didn't blend very well. However GT was kind enough to let the in-game messages from the Hungarian version undisturbed.
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Game added September 18th, 1999. Last modified August 26th, 2023.