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The Real-Time strategy genre isn't a popular one amongst freeware developers, So when one does come out, it has the floor to itself. It doesn't mean we won't cast our eye any less ruthlessly over it, but we do appreciate a little effort.
Dyson is a game in which you conquer the universe by spreading your seedlings (units) over the game map, one planet at a time. Once a planet has been occupied, you can choose to assign two types of tree to it. The regular tree produces more seedlings, with which you can continue to expand your mighty empire. The other defends your planets from the enemy, who is doing expanding in the same way you are.
Each planet can house five trees in total, so you need to think about which ones you want producing seedlings and which ones you want to be capable of defending against a sustained attack from the enemy. As is usual, playing it safe with your tree allocation will only lead to failure on the hardest levels. It is much better to start as you mean to go on, making planets specialise in seedling production or defence.
Once you've got a decent base of operations established and a few nearby planets colonised, you'll need to advance into enemy territory. You do this by either using the left-hand mouse button to send all available seedlings orbiting a planet to the frontline, or the right-hand button to send a specific number of your choosing.
The temptation is to send all your available seedlings into one massive attack, but this leaves you vulnerable to a counter-offensive from your dastardly foe (which is exactly what happened to me in my first game). There's not that much else to it really, but, for a freeware game, the scope is certainly impressive. As you progress through the levels, you become harder pressed to survive and expand - but it's never cripplingly difficult. Visually, things are pleasingly minimalist, as is the in-game audio, which resonates lightly in the background as your seedlings swarm. Dyson will certainly keep you entertained for a good couple of hours, which is all you can really ask for.
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP