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In the first part of the 21st century, scientists discovered a huge asteroid named Vulcan's Hammer headed straight for Earth. A single corporation decided the only way for survival was to colonize other worlds. One ship was launched and as it sat in orbit around Jupiter, Earth was no more. Now it is your task to seek out a new planet and repopulate it with human life. The game is set in an isometric third person perspective, like that of SimCity, in which you must re-colonize the planet while dealing with the intricacies of day-to-day life.


Outpost Windows 3.x Title screen
Outpost Windows 3.x (CD version intro) A starship is being built on Earth's orbit
Outpost Windows 3.x Solar satellite is launched
Outpost Windows 3.x (CD version intro) Not a very amusing vision of Earth's future...

Promo Images

Outpost Magazine Advertisement
Outpost Screenshot
Outpost Screenshot
Outpost Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "生存" -- Simplified Chinese spelling

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User Reviews

Could have been a 5-star classic, but for the bugs. Windows 3.x Longwalker (768)
Why didn't they just go to the Moon!? Windows 3.x Ciarán Lynch (88)
Horrifying, this game shouldn't have been allowed to be released Windows 3.x Maury Markowitz (270)
Great idea, unfinished game. Windows 3.x Leeor Dicker (8)

Critic Reviews

Joystick (French) Windows 3.x Sep, 1994 90 out of 100 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Windows 3.x Aug, 1994 10 out of 12 83
All Game Guide Windows 3.x 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Play Time Windows 3.x Nov, 1994 70 out of 100 70
Score Windows 3.x Nov, 1994 65 out of 100 65
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Windows 3.x Sep, 1994 64 out of 100 64
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows 3.x Oct 10, 1994 60 out of 100 60
PC Player (Germany) Windows 3.x Aug, 1994 55 out of 100 55
Génération 4 Macintosh Feb, 1996 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 33
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows 3.x Oct, 1994 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20


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Installation diskette

Despite being released on CD-ROM, version 1.0 of Outpost also included a "Launch Control Disk" in the box on a 3.5" Diskette. This floppy diskette contained BLDGBLD.DAT, BLDGOPS.DAT and OUTPOST.EXE, three files that were required to install the game.


Despite being considered one of the buggiest games of all time, Outpost was on PC Data's Top Ten best selling games list for several months.


The orchestrated soundtrack is the classic Mars, the Bringer of War movement from the Gustav Holst symphony The Planets.

Strategy guide

There was an extensive Strategy Guide written for Outpost by the games designer, Bruce Balfour.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – Worst Game of All Time
  • PC Player (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1995 - Most Brutal Customer Stultification in 1994
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1995 – Biggest Disappointment in 1994
Information also contributed by Andrew Grasmeder, Leeor Dicker, Rola and WildKard

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