Deadlock: Planetary Conquest
Mac - 1997
Description of Deadlock: Planetary Conquest Mac
Back in 1996 good old Accolade, now sadly gone, released Deadlock: Planetary Conquest. The game is a turn-based Civilization-type sim. Your choice of human and alien species make a landing on a wide-open planet for colonization. Ultimately only one single conqueror will survive.
The game lets you pick your race out of a choice of several. All have strengths and weakness such as high population or economic growth, ability to commune with nature (e.g. grow food resources) and even a complete lack of emotions. All races seem to have landed on the planet without any advanced technology at-hand. In the game you must develop your technology, war machines and society quickly or suffer the war-wrath of your competitors. You can also be brought down by poor leadership including scandals and shady dealings. The in-game battles are fought with you looking down from above on entertaining, cartoony sequences.
Deadlock also allows you tinker with many other settings to change-up the scenario. You can add more competing races, change the “Win” conditions, or set the AI to ridiculously unbeatable levels. These features are handy if you want to play a nice short game or instead one that takes several days of arduous, creeping gains and loses.
Deadlock was not a widely popular game upon release. However, its brainy and colorful thrills found a niche-following large enough to merit a sequel: Deadlock II: The Shrine Wars.
Despite the age of this game it has a still active fan site with a forum at http://www.galliusiv.com/
Here on myabandonware.com we have a version for pre-OSX old-school Macs. Versions for PC are available online on outlets such as Steam. Surprisingly, twenty-two years after the initial release, this game is still distributed at the retail level in classic-era gaming packages too. Although some folks might not “get” it, if you do, Deadlock is a fun, nerdy game you will return to over and over again.
Review By Steve Walsh, March 2018
Comments and reviews
Arindam 2015-04-02 0 point Mac version
A remarkable game that I still play to this day. It combines resource management and military conquest with a very immersive atmosphere (thanks to the regular comments made by your advisor and the other races). The full game (along with manuals and other documents) can be found at Macintosh Garden.
A must for those who like turn-based strategy.
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