Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space

a game by Shrapnel Games
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 6/10, based on 1 review
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Old school fans of science fiction exploration titles tend to have a 'short list' of their favorite games: the Master of Orion series, the Star Control sagas (except for one title, which need not be mentioned), and one of my favorites, Strange Adventures of Infinite Space. Developer Digital Eel did a fantastic job at putting together a fast-paced, intriguing title with a simple graphical interface, with randomly generated worlds, allowing for a robust, replayable gaming experience.

It looks like there's another title to add to the short list.

Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space, is a worthy sequel to the original excellent title, with an improved interface and updated graphics, but the same addictive, quick paced gameplay. The graphics are excellent; battles, when applicable, are reminiscent of the old Star Control melees, but with better attack and damage effects. The audio is also very well done. Not too repetitive, with a lot of color and style rather than a heavy duty soundtrack.

For those not familiar with the game itself, you have the opportunity to pilot one of three distinctly different customizable ships and explore a vast, randomly generated universe in search of alien races, wealth, and of course, the most kick-butt arsenal imaginable. Play is very fast paced, most games average about 15-20 minutes (minus the quick ones where you decide to take on a Zorg flotilla with a Neptunium railgun, but I digress' ), and with the randomly generated universe and items, not to mention simple to use mod tools, makes for excellent replay value.

Those that have been turned off by overly complex space sagas will really enjoy this perfect, 'beer and pretzels' style title. Highly recommended for those who miss the simplicity, yet complex nature of the old Star Control titles.

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