DOS - 1987
Also available on: Apple II
Description of Universe
M. Evan Brooks' review says it all about Universe 1:
A detailed simulation of space exploration and trading. Multi-faceted and very deep, its playability suffered from documentation which was hard to interpret as well as an unforgiving game system. Build your own ship to specifications, but a wrong move can waste hours of previous play. Still it was one of the early classics.
Unfortunately for armchair commanders, Universe 2 and 3 became more similar to RPGs with strategy playing only a minor role, but still great games nonetheless.
Review By HOTUD
Comments and reviews
Dataman 2014-12-19 0 point DOS version
Does someone have the Dos manual. Cannot play without it. Atari manual which I have does not seem to match.
admin 2011-03-21 0 point DOS version
Yeah we messed up with the two games, I removed the wrong screenshots
archmage 2011-03-18 0 point DOS version
These screenshots come from at least 2 different games. The first is Omnitrend's "Universe", an extremely detailed space strategy game for the 8-bit Atari home computers. A translation of that game for the PC is included in the downloadable archive on this page. You can get an idea from the sparsely-colored and mostly text-oriented screenshots.
The second game is less strategic and more of an adventure, as shown in the the screenshots with lots of colors. There was also a third game, similar to the second, so I cannot be sure if the screenshots are from a total of 2 or 3 games.
The only certain thing is that the downloadable archive on the page contains the first game, a clone of the old Atari 8-bit version.
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