Solar Wars

By John Entwistle Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.40.0144


Release November 8, 2008
Date Added April 7, 2004
Version 1.40.0144

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None


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Developer's Description

Solar Wars is a turn-based space strategy game based in a distant solar system with up to 30 orbiting planets. Start with your home world, then build up your ships and strategy. Scout out nearby worlds and send fleets of ships to attack, or send annihilation bombs. Destroy opponents by setting hidden proximity bombs or pulse bombs. You can play in single-player mode with computer opponents or in multiplayer mode over the Internet and LAN networks. Plan well and you'll be able to take over the universe.

Version 1.4 features many user-interface improvements and gameplay enhancements, including six new computer opponents and many new game options. Please note that Solar Wars only runs in screen resolutions of 1024x768 or higher.

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