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Overlord

DOS - 1990

Also available on: Commodore 64 - Amiga

Alt name Supremacy: Your Will Be Done
Year 1990
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Strategy
Theme Real-Time, Sci-Fi / Futuristic
Publisher Virgin Mastertronic International, Inc.
Developer Probe Software Ltd.
Dosbox support Supported on current version
4.45 / 5 - 20 votes

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A great galactic domination game, Supremacy (known in Europe as Overlord) rivals better-known classic Master of Orion in solid gameplay and excellent AI, although with a less intuitive user interface and stronger emphasis on resource management and number-crunching than on galactice battles.Supremacy is essentially "chess in space" due to its emphasis on number-crunching and tactical planning.

The goal, of course, is to conquer the solar system. As in chess, you and your enemy start at opposite ends, on your respective home planets. Unlike chess, however, there is a lot more to think about than maneuvering your units. As in most "4X" games, you can set the tax rate, buy spaceships, and terraform uninhabitable planets. If you manage your resources well and expand cautiously, you will gradually take over the whole solar system, which culminates in the battle for the enemy's home planet. The number of planets in a system depends on the difficulty level, so in this game, an easier setting also means a quicker game, since there are less planets to conquer. The fourth and hardest level of play, similar to the hardest difficulty setting in MOO is very challenging. One of the best features of the game is that you can see how much stronger your enemy is relative to you at anytime, by the silhouette of a face behind the solar system display panel. The brighter that this face is, the more the enemy is winning. One common criticism that has been directed at Supremacy is that it plays like a spreadsheet with pretty graphics, as the game has a lot of statistics to keep track off, and the outcomes of many events are represented with (boring) numbers instead of attractive action graphics of MOO. For instance, when you send troops to a planet to do battle with the enemy, you don't actually see the damage they inflict on the enemy. This might put some gamers off, but the game is really about the management of resources, not galactic warfare.

In conclusion, Supremacy is a must-have for any armchair commander looking for a real challenge in resource management and strategic planning. However, MOO fans who espect to see research cabilities, ship design, and tactical battles will be disappointed. For a game that isn't as complex and "dry" as Reach for The Stars but more numbers-oriented than MOO, Supremacy is the best there is. Thumbs up!

Review By HOTUD

Comments and reviews

Overlord Jim 2020-04-28 0 point DOS version

Your great, when i need an old game i come here first. Your site is the best for not having issues.

Yakkmeister 2019-03-18 0 point Amiga version

The Amiga version of this (as on March 18, 2019) is jumbled up with the *other* Overlord game (by Rowan Software).
It appears as though the [cr CLS - RZR] set are the correct game (Probe Software) while those marked [cr PDX] are the Rowan Software game.

trusteft 2018-12-13 2 points

If anyone is interested I did a long video on the Atari ST version of this game.
I did an unboxing and then proceeded to show the game and how things work.
The game was known here as Supremacy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DRUsQVbwU0

Sen 2017-12-19 0 point

The original title is Supremacy: Your Will Be Done.

It took me a while to find it under this alternate title.

warriori 2017-07-19 0 point Commodore 64 version

C&4 version NOT working emulator information error message

Main CPU: JAM at $082C
Start monitor? (No will reset, cancel will continue)

Try different c64 emulator: CCS64, Winvice64, C64 Forever Express, Hoxs 64.

Bluddy Snoman 2016-12-10 1 point DOS version

I played this on my tandy computer circa 1992. I loved this game and over the years of me and my brother playing it became lost. I just launched this game in DOSbox v0.74 on my windows 10 laptop. I have spent about 30 minutes learning the basics of dosbox and now will continue to check out this game and possible some others. Thanks.

Etsak737 2016-05-17 1 point Amiga version

Used to play this on amiga 500, very deep game ah nostalgia...

Dumy 2015-03-16 1 point DOS version

to add to XP, works fine on win 8.1 at least as far as I checked (the beginning)

Magne_N3 2014-06-12 0 point DOS version

Great game. Played it on Amiga ages ago.

Runs fine in DOSBox on W7

The manual can be found here: http://www.lemonamiga.com/games/docs.php?id=1592

Kinzman 2013-06-13 3 points DOS version

YES! I found it!

Overlord is probably my most favorite game of all time, and I have been playing on computers since the mid '70s, and I have played a lot of games. Yes, I know I am old.

Fortunately for me, I still have the original manual as the game did need you to find a page, paragraph, line, a word, and then enter the word at that position. I saw nothing in the download for a digital version of this manual. This leads me to feel that those interested in playing the game are being cheated. Fortunately, the program has been hacked to not need this entry code but the "experience" of learning from the manual will be missed. Hopefully, at some time in the future, I will scan this manual and make it available to all.

Review: History
I played This game originally on a 386 SX processor at a 33 mhz processing speed. The program soon became unplayable as processing speeds increased. This is due to the fact (poor choice of word) that it did not see to be clocked on time rather than processing speed. What this means is that as the computers got faster, so did the game. As time went on, I tried to play the game on an Intel PIII machine (200 mhz) and the game was over as fast as i started it. Fortunately this download has modified this effect and it is now playable. I can confirm this for a Windows XP machine with an AMD64 3400+ (2 gig) processor. I do not know if it will run on Vista, but it WILL NOT run of W7.

Review: Game Play
There is little animation and I don't feel that animation would "improve" the game. It would just be eye candy. I found it to be quite challenging. I never did beat the 4 opponent. Every game is different. I found it to be a very complete game for it's time.

Final Review: If you like RTS and have an XP (or older) machine...You really need to try Overlord. You wont be disappointed. I wish that someone would pick up the mantel and create an Overlord II.

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