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Re: List of all space 4X games

Posted: Fri May 08, 2009 9:05 pm
by gorgse

Re: List of all space 4X games

Posted: Fri May 08, 2009 11:31 pm
by utilae
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Re: List of all space 4X games

Posted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 3:25 pm
by panzer
I think I can add one or two games to the list:

1. Into the Void link

it's quite an old one (1996 or 1997), and actually very lame compared to other 4X games of that era, but it DOES exist. Had a nice soundtrack though.

2. Remember Tomorrow

no link due to the fact this game was made in Russia and was not distributed abroad. But it can be downloaded via torrents.

Re: List of all space 4X games

Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 8:58 am
by Trilarion
Maybe you want to check out cosmic supremacy? It has some interesting features. Its a space strategy game. Its free (at least it says so). It has a lot of borrowed things from Civ (as far as I can see). And the interesting thing is that it is massively multiplayer (at least it says so). That combination with a turn based strategy game of game depth a la civilization is actually new to me.

Re: List of all space 4X games

Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 5:00 pm
by Zanzibar
It's official, Paradox just announced Sword of the Stars II for 2011:


One of the main differences between the first and second installment of the series is the starting moment. In SotS 1 you'll begin with a lone planet, barely able to get your spaceships to the next star. After some heavy researching you can create a small empire. In SotS 2 you'll skip this first part: you'll immediately rule a small interstellar empire. The first painfull building phase will be skipped. On the other hand, you'll be able to research and expand further than possible in the first part of the series. The techtree will concentrate less on researching for example new types of thrusters (you already got fission, so you can already go to the stars), but more on the way you use them for specialization. You can thus use your engines at a certain moment as weapons (a blast from a fission core can also do a lot of damage), or any creative solution you might think of. The techtree thus offers a lot more possibilities than any 4X game has shown before.

Re: List of all space 4X games

Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 6:13 pm
by Bigjoe5
I suppose this is a no-brainer, since the thread about it is right next door, but Armada 2526 should be added to the list as well.

Re: List of all space 4X games

Posted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 5:14 am
by utilae
Oh yep. Sword Of The Stars 2 would be mint. With all the expansion, Sword Of The Stars was pretty good.

Armada 2526 is actually really good.
I'm playing it and really liking it.
I wish you could create custom races though. But still, it's really good game.
I thought for a second that my Battlecruisers were unstoppable, then the enemy had missile cruisers haha. Those were effective lol.

Re: List of all space 4X games

Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 6:21 pm
by Max Zorin
In no particular order, I like, SotS for it's ease of play. MOO3 (modded) for it's depth and Sins for the graphics. The end reason I play a 4X game is to win. How complicated I want to make it may change so each game has it's place.

I like the idea of "dumbing" down things like research, government and expansion but still think they all are important to a 4X game. Having a AI control option of the day to day running of an empire is a key to making a game enjoyable to more people.

It's cool that SotS II is coming out and I'll have to try some of the other games mentioned in this topic.

Re: List of all space 4X games

Posted: Sun Oct 24, 2010 4:58 am
by utilae
Still looking for a game that will replace master of orion 2. I don't think anything ever will.

Re: List of all space 4X games

Posted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 10:39 pm
by Bigjoe5
utilae wrote:Still looking for a game that will replace master of orion 2. I don't think anything ever will.
That's a bit of an overstatement. Sure, progress is slow, but it's not like we're never going to get done.

Re: List of all space 4X games

Posted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:05 am
by Argroww
Hi (new player of freeorion, impressed so far, but not sure i have anything new to add to the curent discussion just yet)

Not sure it quite qualifies as a 4X, but it isn't far off.

Alien Legacy, a DOS game that can be downloaded at Abandonia (what I consider the replacement to Home of the Underdogs).

It was time based in that you had a finite amount of time to complete the game, however you had research, you had base building, you had exploration and you also had an AI to fight against.

The premise of the game was that you were the captain of a colony ship that was flying to Alpha Centauri (I think), however a better model of ship was built and flew past you while you were in suspended animation. Trouble is you arrive at AC expecting to find the new colony set up and thriving, but instead find it in ruins, no survivors. Your job is to figure out what happened and kit yourself out by gatehring resources and researching new techs.

A pretty good game even in comparsion to many newer games IMO.

Re: List of all space 4X games

Posted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 5:37 pm
by Sivaz
Fragile Allegiance created by Gremlin interactive and Interplay in 1996 is an excellent game to the 4x genre. It's probably my favorite of all time. I played Masters of Orion 2 aswel, but still had more fun with Fragile. If someone remade that game with an updated graphics engine/diplomacy/agent/colony supers/Money criteria/and ship customization options I'd be all in.

The features that really got me into the game was colony defenses, optional AI colony management (hirable), Inter-asteroid missiles (different types), purchasable blueprints instead of constant research, and ease of fleet management.

Buying the blueprints in any order made the game interesting based on your wealth you expansion made you rich, but money limited you from building a fleet or defenses, hence player made decisions made you think twice about what to do and when to do it.

I'd implore anyone to try the game at least once over. There is no real story besides you being put into the "fragmented Sectors" for exploiting the mining there.

The game is available at
Playable in Dosbox. I have the original CD, however I have heard complaints regarding downloaded versions across the internet, so you may have to search for a better copy elsewhere.

Just another source of ideas for ya :)

Re: List of all space 4X games

Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 6:37 am
by Argroww
Crumbs, that takes me back, mind you I also remember playing on K240 which was Fragile Allegance's predecessor. Good times.

Re: List of all space 4X games

Posted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 3:56 am
by Sivaz
Exactly man, if they remade those games I would be in my own private heaven along with many who enjoyed those classics! Just burned and installed both of them on a friends PC this evening. I need to get an IPX modem to make the multi player to work. A new version of these games would make for an awesome geek out night with friends.

Re: List of all space 4X games

Posted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 3:57 pm
by johnsje
There is another totally free multiplayer game that is very much like Moo2. It can be found here.

The game is tick based and is played out over days and sometimes weeks depending on the setting. Its quite alot of fun and the Community there is excellent.

Screenshots can bee seen here:

Here is one example: