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Westwood Studios' real-time strategy classic Dune II received a major overhaul when ported to the Sega Genesis. While the basic concept remains the same, the game features all-new graphics, streamlined controls, changes to the tech tree as well as completely new levels.

As in the original game, the player controls the troops of one of three noble Houses, called by the Emperor to mine the Spice Melange on the planet Arrakis, also known as Dune. A series of consecutive battles must be won by mining spice, constructing a base and building units to attack the enemy.

The rather complex menu-based controls of the original game have been replaced by a context-sensitive cursor system, where a unit reacts according to what is below the cursor - either moving to a destination or attacking an enemy unit, for example.

The tech tree has been simplified: Among other changes, concrete slabs are only available in the 2x2 size, there is only one type of vehicle factory and the advanced units do not require an IX research center anymore.

Finally, the progression of levels in the console version is strictly linear, as there is no choice of the next map to be played as in the original version.


Dune: The Battle for Arrakis Genesis Starting out.
Dune: The Battle for Arrakis Genesis The player's first task
Dune: The Battle for Arrakis Genesis Password screen
Dune: The Battle for Arrakis Genesis The tutorial mode describes all the terrain features, units, and structures in the game

Promo Images

Dune: The Battle for Arrakis Magazine Advertisement GamePro (International Data Group, United States), Issue 60 (July 1994)


Alternate Titles

  • "Dune II: Kampf um den Wüstenplaneten" -- German title
  • "Dune II: Battle for Arrakis" -- European title

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Real Time Strategy Starts Here Liam Dowds (51) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars

Critic Reviews

High Score Sep, 1994 5 out of 5 100
Sega Magazine (UK) Jan, 1994 93 out of 100 93
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Dec, 1994 11 out of 12 92 Aug 01, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Hardcore Gaming 101 2000 9 out of 10 90
Game Players Mar, 1994 87 out of 100 87
GamePro (US) Dec, 1993 4 out of 5 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jan, 1994 32 out of 40 80
Retro Archives Jun 27, 2017 15 out of 20 75
Game Informer Magazine Jun, 2004 7 out of 10 70


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Terok Nor (29658) added Dune: The Battle for Arrakis (Genesis) on Sep 13, 2009