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Wing Commander: Armada

DOS - 1994

Alt name
Wing Armada
Year
1994
Platform
DOS
Released in
United States
Genre
Simulation, Strategy
Theme
Sci-Fi / Futuristic, Space Flight, Turn-based
Publisher
ORIGIN Systems, Inc.
Developer
ORIGIN Systems, Inc.
Perspectives
1st-Person, Top-Down
Dosbox support
Fully supported on 0.70
4.32 / 5 - 19 votes

Description of Wing Commander: Armada

Wing Commander: Armada is Origin's answer to the wishes of many Wing Commander fans: the blend of multi-player head-to-head action and strategic elements in the race to conquer the galaxy.

Beginning with just a single carrier in an unknown part of the universe, each player must explore the system, seeking planets rich in resources with which to build either a mining station, a defense fortress, or a ship construction facility. The player mines materials from planets, transports stockpiles by cargo ships or redirects materials for use in the current planet's shipyards. Resources gathered for constructing new spacecraft continue the cycle of exploration and combat as each player strives to build and maintain a fleet to take and hold territories. The universe is randomly generated each game, allowing for an infinite variety of paths to reach that final showdown. The multi-player aspect of the game includes three different options: modem, network and a new split screen view that allows two players to compete on the same computer (i.e. "hot-seating"). New features include the "Invisible Cockpit" that gives the player a larger viewing area, actual 3D shields that protect your ship, an intuitive "Starmap" navigation/deployment interface, and a "TauntMaker" option that lets user customize digital taunts with other players. The game also boasts an improved 3D engine, with fully textured, light-sourced shaded spaceships. Finally, it's also the first Wing Commander game that offers you a chance to play the formidable Kilrathi.

Overall, it's a great addition to the famous series that appeals equally to action gamers who like some planning in their game, and strategy gamers who don't mind some arcade skirmishes. Two thumbs up!

Review By HOTUD

Comments and reviews

Gorgeous 1 2016-11-05 0 point

Doesn't Load from CD on my Windows 8.1

Scope 2014-03-27 0 point DOS version

This has to be the best Wing Commander game back then. And it used to be very hard to get a copy...

Luckily I hit upon one back then.

Fond memory. And was stunned by the beautiful explosion graphics.

What 2014-02-12 1 point DOS version

What where is commander Riker, which one is the one with commander Riker?

david1806 2013-12-17 0 point DOS version

zappy..........the boot dics!! What fond memories!! Do you remember tho, even tho they were a pain, when you finally got the game to work, the satisfaction was almost worth the trouble!!!

Rafal 2013-12-06 -1 point DOS version

On my Pentium III, in DOS mode, the video of intro run on loop whitout possibility of exit. I c'ant play...
Sul mio Pentium III, in modalità DOS, il video iniziale gira in loop senza possibilità di uscire. Non posso giocare...

zappy 2013-04-22 0 point DOS version

you had CD!?! i had it on floppy! and trying to get it to work on my intel 486 25mhz SX was a real pain. so long boot disks we shall not miss you.

Glenn 2012-08-03 0 point DOS version

This was the test for the next gen 3d engine.
The graphics were absolutly stunning at that time.
Looking at the 7MB size and remembering the CD makes me laugh =)

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