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Allegiance is an online multiplayer game (the only offline component is the tutorial) with action and strategy elements. The game features six playing modes: Deathmatch, deathmatch with a time restriction capture the flag, properity (generating a certain income), artifacts (searching for artifacts) and conquest (conquering all systems). Every player can take control over the various space ships with different tactical uses, e.g. salvation ships for rescuing shot down pilots (otherwise they are out for a while) or stealth fighters for scouting. Then the game plays like a traditional space simulation.

But of course it would be hard to be coordinated when everyone just does his own thing. Because of that there are two additional roles which play like a strategy game. The commander is responsible for coordinating military actions and for exploring unknown sectors. He also sends out vehicles to exploit resources. Money is administered by the investor who can use it for researching new technologies and ships, building production plants and updating ships with special equipment or ammo. The commander takes those responsibilities if no investor if available.

The game can be played with two to six teams between 3 and 15 members each. Originally a paid subscription to MSN was necessary for statistics comparisons or registering squads (similar to guilds from online role playing games).


Allegiance Windows On a Fighter, searching for enemies.
Allegiance Windows Main Menu & Logo
Allegiance Windows Battle.
Allegiance Windows Engaging...

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FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network May 04, 2002 91 out of 100 91
Glide Underground Jun 15, 2000 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameStar (Germany) May, 2000 83 out of 100 83
Power Unlimited Jun, 2000 8.3 out of 10 83
PC Player (Germany) Jun, 2000 83 out of 100 83 2000 82 out of 100 82
PC Joker Jun, 2000 80 out of 100 80
Game industry News (GiN) 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
RealGamer (Benelux) Jun, 2000 7.8 out of 10 78
Gamer's Pulse May 13, 2000 74 out of 100 74


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The source code released by Microsoft was picked up by the community at and is now further developed by them. The game can be downloaded from the site and can now be played once again on their servers.

Related Web Sites

  • Allegiance (official website)
  • Allegiance Source Code (The developers released the source code of this game. It can be downloaded at Microsoft Research (511 MB).)
  • Allegiance Vault (Features, guides, message boards, and polls.)
  • (A site made by Allegiance fans who are still improving the game and are hosting servers for people to play on them.)
  • Planet Allegiance (Guides, game information, forums, and news.)
Adam Baratz (1484) added Allegiance (Windows) on Dec 28, 2000