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In a future Earth that has fallen victim to a chain of ecological disasters, humanity has plunged into a new world war for resource control. A human faction called the Resistance is at war against the totalitarian Ghorkovs, the fanatic Taerkastens and the insidious Black Sect splinter faction. The conflict is joined by the Mykonian and Sulgogar alien races, who also crave for the Earth's resources. The game focuses on the Resistance campaign for control over the European and North African territories.

Urban Assault is a 3D real-time strategy game that strongly encourages direct control of the units in a first-person shooter fashion. The strategy part is almost entirely focused on the creation and management of units, with the construction element being limited to power stations and a few other buildings like radars and turrets. The output of a power station, which is used for creating units as well as for protecting and moving the command station, is proportional to the number of territories controlled by the faction.

At any time, the player may personally take control of any single unit on the battlefield, whereupon that unit's strength and armor are increased while under player control. Technological progress is achieved during the missions, by taking control of special territories where blueprints are hidden, thus giving access to new units or improving existing ones.


Urban Assault Windows Mission briefing
Urban Assault Windows Enemy host station destroyed
Urban Assault Windows Mission debriefing shot
Urban Assault Windows The mission selection screen. More missions open up as you complete previous ones, with a bit of branching.

Promo Images

Urban Assault Screenshot
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Alternate Titles

  • "YPA" -- (Your Personal Amok) working title
  • "Urban Combat" -- Working Title
  • "UA" -- Common Abbreviation
  • "Anarchy" -- Working Title

User Reviews

The only Action/RTS game that truly does both genres well Mark Cuarto (5) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
A mediocre game despite being original Maw (884) 2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

Riki Nov, 1998 88 out of 100 88
PC Action (Germany) Sep 16, 1998 83.5 out of 100 84
Electric Games 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Joker Sep, 1998 77 out of 100 77
GameStar (Germany) Sep, 1998 77 out of 100 77
Gamesmania.de 1998 75 out of 100 75
Gamezilla Oct 16, 1998 70 out of 100 70
Gaming Entertainment Monthly 1998 65 out of 100 65
Game Over Online Jul 30, 1998 64 out of 100 64
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Dec, 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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Unreleased expansion

An expansion pack called Metropolis Dawn, containing single-player campaigns for two more Earthling factions (Ghorkov and Taerkasten) as well as new maps and units, was announced and developed, but remains unreleased.

Open source engine

The game engine was reverse-engineered into an OpenGL-based open source reimplementation called UA_Source (formerly OpenUA). It allows the single-player portion of the game to be played flawlessly on modern Windows and Linux systems at higher resolutions than those originally permitted. It still requires the assets from the original game disc, and also supports the Metropolis Dawn campaigns for users who can obtain the expansion.

Easter egg

The game has a very cunningly concealed secret that only a dedicated fan would find. There is a collection of HTML files on the CD that serves as the game's Help files. After a user has been browsing these files for a certain amount of time, a script causes a previously hidden link to appear on some of these pages. This link takes the viewer to a hidden section buried deep in the game's subfolders where you can read diary entries written by a teenager living in a domed city, as well as some decidedly nasty nursery rhymes, several hidden encoded messages, and many other snippets of background lore and information that's otherwise not accessible to the player in the game.


  • PC Player
    • issue 01/1999 - Hype of the Year 1998

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Derrick 'Knight' Steele (2415) added Urban Assault (Windows) on Apr 01, 2000
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