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Reach for the Stars: The Conquest of the Galaxy

DOS - 1988

Released in
United States
Managerial, Sci-Fi / Futuristic, Turn-based
SSG Strategic Studies Group Pty Ltd.
SSG Strategic Studies Group Pty Ltd.
4.43 / 5 - 7 votes

Description of Reach for the Stars: The Conquest of the Galaxy

1988 saw the release of Reach for the Stars: The Conquest of the Galaxy on the DOS system. A strategy game, created by SSG Strategic Studies Group Pty Ltd. and distributed by SSG Strategic Studies Group Pty Ltd.. If you like managerial, sci-fi / futuristic, turn-based, download, install and enjoy Reach for the Stars: The Conquest of the Galaxy!

The first time I read about Reach for the Stars was in a computer magazine at the local library, after reading about 10 lines of the review one thought flashed in my brain, "I must have this game!" I never found it, so my expectations was huge, also due to the fact that it is regarded as one of the first and best 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate) games.

Even though the interface is well designed and the graphics is ahead of its time, a look in the manual is recommended as one mistake could seriously cripple your ambition to rule the galaxy. The game universe is quite large, and in every star system there can be several planets, so in the late game you'll have to command vast space fleets while keeping your rapidly growing population from consuming all production.

You can choose to play the game on the basic level (default) or advanced level that adds complexity, expanding your options for research (which is quite limited), random events, and more. The AI is excellent, in my first game I was utterly crushed on the beginner level in turn 20.

Reach for the Stars is one of the games the stand the test of time very well. It has it all: gameplay, excellent balance, tough AI, great replayability, addiction and fun-- qualities sadly lacking from many of today's games. After having played the original I can only say that I will be looking for the remake that SSI is about to release within a very short time, and this time I will get it :)

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DanTheTerrible 2014-11-26 5 points

Reach for the Stars is essentially a computerized version of MetaGaming's boardgame Stellar Conquest (1974). Many of the game's concepts were included in Microprose's Master of Orion 1 (1993). Master of Orion 2 (1996) was more of a departure in that it included elements from the Microprose Civilisation series. Master of Orion 3 was a completely different game, and universally considered poor. Most afficiOnados of turn based galactic conquest games consider Master of Orion 2 to be the best of its time, and it still holds up today (18 years after publication).

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