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Solar Wars

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This empire-building game follows the standard simulation model, but you may find yourself lost in space. Solar Wars installs quickly and smoothly. Understanding how the program operates takes some doing. All you see when you start the game is a solar galaxy window with planets and space fleets turning around the sun. The interface looks less like a functional game and more like a planetarium. Throughout the game you see phrases such as The fleet of X is attacking the fleet of Y, then a line representing the number of spaceships destroyed runs across the screen. After that, the planets go back to circling until the next abstract battle. You can play the program online, although you have to be willing to spend hours trying to figure out the details. At least the program is free.

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  • All versions:

    3.6 stars

    out of 27 votes

    • 5 star: 15
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 7
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    3.6 stars

    out of 27 votes

    • 5 star: 15
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 7
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  • 5.0 stars

    "A gem of a quick, turn-based strategic game."

    January 8, 2012  |   By arafurian

    Version: Solar Wars 1.40.0144

    Pros

    It is unique (few if any other games quite like it), is rather challenging to learn, and challenging to play, at least for quite a while. Plus a game can usually be completed within an hour or two. Plus reasonably colourful and attractive to look at.

    Cons

    Does not always install correctly in Win7. By default, it wants to install into C:\Program Files\Solar Wars\. Unfortunately, Win7 has all manner of protective spells over the Program Files folder, so Star Wars will not always run correctly there. (It runs on one of my Win7 machines, but not all.) The cure, I have discovered, is to install to another folder, C:\Games\Solar Wars\, in which I place all other games rejected by Win7).

    Summary

    The game idea is simple: you begin on a planet in the largest solar system you have ever seen, with a large number (default is 30) worlds whizzing around a sun. Your aim is to colonise them all. So far so good. The trouble comes from a number of enemy planets (controlled by players or AI) trying to do the same, and entirely happy to nuke you if you get in their way.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "not good at all, very in to games and this one blows"

    November 21, 2009  |   By coke_n_taco

    Version: Solar Wars 1.40.0144

    Pros

    000000000000000000000

    Cons

    worst game ive ever played

    Summary

    games fails

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Pretty Good Turn-Based Game"

    July 26, 2008  |   By xluu2006

    Version: Solar Wars 1.40.0144

    Pros

    Similar to the "Galatic .... somthing" game I played with a few university dorm friends back in 1987 (yes, it was a DOS game). However, this game is much more challenging. It requires deep strategic thinking in order to win (especially the Titan level). I'd definitely pay a modest fee if the upgrades suggested below are made.

    Cons

    Upgrades:

    1. Display the # of turns required to reach a particular planet in the next 2, 3, 4 and 5 turns.

    2. Increase the # of turns required between planets when you have more players and/or planets.

    3. Reconfigure screen so as to have more screen space for additional planets and A.I. players.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Sounds Great!"

    July 14, 2008  |   By MorphyMatt

    Version: Solar Wars 1.40.0144

    Pros

    sounds great!

    Cons

    Download and installation went fine but I got a 'Runtime Error 70: Permission denied' message when I tried to actually start it up, despite having a Vista computer with 2 gigs of memory! GRRRR!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Ummm, it's a Game"

    July 6, 2008  |   By Maderphien

    Version: Solar Wars 1.40.0144

    Pros

    hmmmm

    Cons

    I have Board games that are more fun to play by myself.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "awesome"

    January 8, 2008  |   By red_star_

    Version: Solar Wars 1.40.0144

    Pros

    this game requires you to think, im playing om maximum difficulty and its hard as hell but not impossible

    Cons

    a dumb person will have trouble with the game

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  • 5.0 stars

    "it was fun but slow"

    November 25, 2007  |   By wompatim

    Version: Solar Wars 1.40.0144

    Pros

    it was a great strategy game

    Cons

    it was slow

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great, unique space strategy game"

    October 14, 2007  |   By SaturnCat

    Version: Solar Wars 1.40.0144

    Pros

    I've d/l'd quite a few games from this site & this is probably the best. Basically, you compete against an opponent (which can be your computer) for control of a planetary system. There's a lot of strategy involved, so I recommend this game for mature players-- teens & up. You must choose how to best allocate your resources (ships & bombs)-- when/which worlds to take over, when to attack your opponent, etc. It's quite unique, but it might be described as a combo of Monopoly & chess. You can play against the computer 'AI' at 5 different skill levels, & supposedly online against other players, tho I suspect there are few out there to connect to. The graphics are pretty nice. After playing the game about 25x, I am still learning it's subtleties. A good game can take hours. You can set several options, tho I like the default options. A nice feature is that the resources of each world change (apparently randomly) from game to game. Great game & it's free.

    Cons

    1) I get a bug alert (suspicious script alert) everytime I load the game, but just instruct my anti-virus program to accept the script each time & I've never had any problems.

    2) The pause function doesn't seem to work.

    3) Apparently this software is not being upgraded-- the last change was in 2004. A shame. I'd pay for a really glitzy version.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "A BIG CHEATING A.I. GAME"

    August 26, 2007  |   By megarollman

    Version: Solar Wars 1.40.0144

    Pros

    Good laughs

    Cons

    Talk about a cheating program. At the hardest level each player receives 5 bombs. Strangely enough the computer gets MORE than 5 bombs and blows up the high production planets EVERY TIME!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "good but boring"

    July 28, 2007  |   By ablot87

    Version: Solar Wars 1.40.0144

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