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Railroad Tycoon 3

Railroad Tycoon 3
3

Presenting the vain train. In Railroad Tycoon II, you played a rail baron laying down the arteries of commerce and industry. In Railroad Tycoon 3, you roam a free camera soaring across the land. Swoop from Chicago to St. Louis in the wave of a mouse. Zoom out and look down from on high, or […]

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ORB: Off-World Resource Base

ORB: Off-World Resource Base
3

A less interesting remake of Homeworld. If you’ve enjoyed space sim/strategy games like Homeworld, then you have a vague idea as to what to expect with ORB: Off-World Resource Base. It’s not completely like Homeworld, but a mix of it and more mainstream C&C. The opposing sides are the Malus and Alyssians, two alien races […]

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Lords of the Realm III

Lords of the Realm III
3

A management’s management game. Although Lords of the Realm III might invite comparison to the Total War series of games, perhaps it’s worth noting who was there first. When the original Shogun was but a twinkle in developer Creative Assembly’s eye, Lords of the Realm was already doing the hybrid of turn-based strategy and real […]

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Extreme Tactics

Extreme Tactics
2.5

Extreme Tactics is another Command & Conquer clone. The gameplay and sci-fi theme are all similar to other real-time strategy (RTS) games of the same pedigree. Unfortunately, it does not have enough significant differences to set it apart from its more successful brethren. In some ways, it is not up to the levels set by […]

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Hoyle Casino Empire

Hoyle Casino Empire
3.5

Any resemblance that Hoyle Casino Empire bears to other Hoyle games is incidental. It has more in common with tycoon business sims than the conventional line of game packages that Hoyle usually delivers. You get a casino, build it up, and progress up the line for more challenges at other casinos. You start at Buddy’s […]

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Dark Planet: Battle for Natrolis

Dark Planet: Battle for Natrolis
3.5

Dark Planet is a pretty good RTS game which can best be described as a mix between WarCraft III and StarCraft. If you’ve played either, you have a good idea what to expect overall, which is not to say that the game isn’t worth your time. Quite the opposite, in fact. The balancing between the […]

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Cossacks II: Battle for Europe

Cossacks II: Battle for Europe
3.5

Gorgeous and regal, but still incomplete. Cossacks II covers a period of history which you don’t usually see represented in gaming, and it’s done so with a ludicrous amount of visual detail, right down to individual french farms and harvested fields. The subject matter is 18th and 19th century warfare – the days of grand […]

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Space Rangers 2: Dominators

Space Rangers 2: Dominators
4.5

Taking the Privateer mold to the next level. Space Rangers 2 is the kind of obscure gem that can fly under the radar. It was the case with the first game, but the more successful sequel received some due recognition. And for good reason too, since this is a superb game. At face value, it’s […]

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Sudden Strike Forever

Sudden Strike Forever
3.5

Sudden Strike, set in World War 2, is partially inspired by the Close Combat series, but it banks more towards the C&C school of design. CDV’s addon disk of the game follows the same mindset, but adds more stuff. We get one new side with their own weapons, vehicles and troops – England – and […]

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The Corporate Machine

The Corporate Machine
3.5

The Corporate Machine lets you become the chief of a startup corporation in your choice of three industries: aircraft, cars, or computers. From your humble beginnings in a garage, you’ll eventually get to purchase a variety of buildings that affect marketing, research, employee costs, and morale. Of course, the ultimate goal is to gain the […]

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