Reach for the Stars
|a game by||Strategic Studies Group Pty Ltd.|
|User Rating:||8.0/10 - 1 vote|
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Here's the good news. Reach For The Stars has absolutely nothing to do with a sickly bunch of teenyboppers, who when not subjecting us to their rubbish songs are torturing us with their non-existent acting skills. The not so good news is that Reach For The Stars is a turn-based menu-driven strategy game, which will challenge your graphics card less than a word processor. Fortunately, though, once you get over its basic looks, you'll realise that things aren't nearly as bleak as they initially seem.
RFTS is set in the distant future, when humans start to explore and colonise space. Inevitably, mankind stumbles across alien races and rather than everyone sitting down for a civilised chat about culture and poetry, a massive war ensues. However, you're not just constricted to the one campaign. There are 30 preset ones to choose from, each with its own goals and problems, and should you get bored of these, there's a random map generator for unlimited variety. There are also 16 races for you to choose from.
In order to succeed in any campaign, you must not only defend the star systems under your rule, but expand to the other ones as well. This will often involve a battle of some sort, and it's important to make sure that you have a well-balanced force if you want to have a good chance of winning.
One of RFTS's best features is that you can construct ships to your own specifications, which adds an extra element to your strategy. Against fast-breeding races like The Hive, you'll need to concentrate on building a few highly powerful ships, instead of trying to outman them. But the combat, unfortunately, is a little uninspired. Choose the formation of your troops and the distance from which you want them to attack the enemy, and sit back and watch them fire at each other until one side wins.
Combat aside, Reach For The Skies is an entertaining if uninspired turn-based strategy game, and if you're a fan of the genre, the excellent AI and unlimited maps should provide you with several weeks of entertainment.