Conquer the Galaxy In This ‘4x’ Strategy Game. Lead one of 18 different alien races to become a mighty pan-galactic empire. Manage your colonies, deploy your fleets and conduct research. Plot your strategy and turn your planets into mighty bastions.
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Release Date: Feb 28, 2013

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“For some reason it did keep drawing me back in for more.”
75/100 – Impulse Gamer

“I highly recommend Supernova to all Armada 2526 fans and to all 4x sci-fi strategy fans in general.”
Space Sector

“I love it, with the added functions this game only got better.”
4.5/5 – Darkstarmatrix

About This Game

Conquer the Galaxy In This ‘4x’ Strategy Game.

Lead one of 18 different alien races to become a mighty pan-galactic empire. Manage your colonies, deploy your fleets and conduct research. Plot your strategy and turn your planets into mighty bastions. Explore new star systems, where you may encounter tachyon storms, psychic plants, primitives or find abandoned alien technology. Diplomacy is of utter importance in being successful. Make pacts and alliances, make threats or ask for favours - and when the time is right, replace diplomacy by space combat and fight it out in real-time 3D.

The trade system lets you trade valuable commodities between both your own and alien worlds. Alien relics, rare minerals, tourists, or even natural anti-matter, your freighters will carry them all. Although the game is complex, and the possible strategies endless, powerful help and advisor features, help you get up to speed quickly. Unlike many games in this genre, Armada 2526 Gold Edition focuses on providing a game that can be finished in a reasonable time, and emphasizes battle and strategy over economic micro-management. All with one purpose: to emerge victorious and conquer the galaxy with your armada.

Key Features

  • Turn based star map for fleets, colonies, research and diplomacy.
  • Customizable map size and number of players. Map designer included.
  • 18 animated alien races to play and battle against.
  • Full featured diplomacy system.
  • More than 150 technology items to research.
  • Trade system plus espionage and special ops system.
  • 3D Real-time battle system for fighting huge battles.
  • More than a hundred beautifully crafted ship models.
  • Multiplayer by LAN or PBEM
  • Tough A.I. opponents.
  • Includes the expansion Supernova !

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows XP with SP2
    • Processor:2,4 Ghz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256 MB DirectX® 9.0c compatible video card with Pixel/Vertex Shader 2.0 support
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX® 9.0c compatible sound card
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:3,0 Ghz Dual Core
    • Memory:3 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB DirectX® 9.0c compatible video card with Pixel/Vertex Shader 3.0 support
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX® 9.0c compatible sound card
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
56.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Games is fun to play as turn based, but single player needs more scenarios.

Would be nice if you could queue tech research and shipbuilding. Also upgraded an MK1 model to MK2 aint a option some how. MK1 and MK2 models are rather weak compared to MK3. Bit of a boost is nice, but kinda overkill here.
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95 of 108 people (88%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
274.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 5, 2015
I played the game here and then I purchaed the gold edition on Gamer's Gate before it was available on Steam. The game is fun to play and moddable. However once you hit turn 200 or colonize 20 planets (this is RAM dependent I found out(16gb, at 32gb you can colonize upto 30-50 planets maybe)) the game has a dramatic slow down in game play. At this point you'll mostly be waiting on the Resource or Population Manager, often times 20 mins plus for your turn to come up. At turn 200, I was just getting into the game and having fun. So I checked if there was a fix for this. No fix. Per the developers, the game is not designed to be played for long periods or for you to colonize every planet in sight. I usually won the game after 30-45 minutes of game play, often winning before I ever met another race, having gotten bored with that, I modded the victory conditions for more time. What's the point of having a universe with hundreds of planets, but if you colonize more then 20 planets, the game becomes unplayable with long periods (many minutes waiting on the AI to complete processing your turn) between turns. Eventually you'll get tired of waiting and hit crl+alt+del, kill the game and go play something else.

The other thing is that diplomacy is a joke. The ai will attack you, make peace, agree not to attack you for 20 turns, 5 turns later will attack you again, make peace, make you an ally, attack someone else, you'll attack the enemy of your ally, they'll make peace, you won't even know they made peace, etc. Or you can attack another race, make peace, attack them again, make peace, etc. If a planet has too amny defesnses, buy the planet, the ai will sell any planet they have except their home base. Hey, there's an invasion fleet at your planet, just buy their ships if you have the cash.

If you manage to wipe out a race, they'll become friendly and start asking you for tech, even though they don't have any ships or planets and you've completely wiped them out.

I've never been able to get thru all the techs in the game, just takes to long to research them and playing with the default game without modding, you'll just barely scratch the surface. Once you've researched every tech in a particular catagory, it would have been nice to get a messages about it, but you don't so you have to keep checking and then remember to go thru every planet and delete that type of research facility. I have noticed from conquered planets that the ai does not have the same limitations as you do when it comes to building research facilities. So the top tier reseach facility, you can only build 1 for your empire, where as the ai can build 4 per planet. And on top of that, the ai will always be willing to sell you any tech that you don't have and they've researched.

There really isn't much difference between the standard game and the gold edition. This game stil lhas all the bugs it did in the original, all they did was add about 2 buildings as far as I can tell.

When I bought the gold version on Steam, I was hoping that the bugs and gameplay had been fixed, but I came to find out nothing has changed. Luckly i got it for around $4 so it's no that big of a loss, definitively not worth $20.

So all in all the game is fun in the beginning, is moddable, but has too many issues to keep you inteserested for any length of time.

I'd like to note that most of my playtime is watching TV and waiting for my turn

7/23/2016 Update: Still works on windows 10.
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56 of 62 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 12, 2014
I really wish I could recommend this game. Most of the reviews I've read aren't even aware that this is an unpdate of a game so old is pre-dates MOO and MOO2. So to compare this with the MOO games isn't really fair, since it's just as likely MOO took ideas from the old Armada 2525.

There are some great features to the game. In particular, the events notifications after each turn allows itself to be used as a sort of checklist when resolving issues, in a way that not even the new Civ games do. However, there are several tedious features. Moving population around planets is necessary, and it just takes a little too long to issue each transport command. The issues are minor, such as having to move the mouse far across the screen, instead of having common commands set right next to each other. So it isn't awful, just a little tiring to me after some hours of play.

Alien races keep spamming me with requests and deal offers, and there is no way to stop them. Unfortunately, most of the offers just aren't that important. I finally declared war on one race to stop their nagging, which reduced communications to a series of offers for peace. The aliens will also sometimes park on your planets, doing no harm, but causing the game to prompt you to declare war every single turn, which also gets tedious.

This is basically a good, relatively simple sci fi 4x game that probably has some good strategy. But the polish isn't there, for me. The pace of play tends to tire me rather than energize me. So I recommend avoiding it, although it might be enjoyable if you are really interested in 4x sci fi games, of which there are not enough.

I have only played the Gold edition. Based on the new features list, I would avoid the regular edition and only buy the gold, if you do buy it. It adds quite a lot.

Update: Okay, I changed my mind. But with some caveats. The game is funny, quirky, and easy to mod. If you like exploring a game to see what makes it tick, and if you don't take it too seriously, this might be a good buy. The problems I mentioned lessen as the game progresses, and there are many ways to win. Myself, I have made small changes to the random planet generation to reduce the number of useless planets. It appears to have been made by one person, which I find quite admirable. It isn't really polished, but it has a good heart.
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37 of 50 people (74%) found this review helpful
72.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 9, 2014
It is enjoyable but not a great replacement for Games like Masters Of Orion or Galactic Civilizations. Those are much better games than this.
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25 of 32 people (78%) found this review helpful
161.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2013
Its a wonderful strategy game! Witha plethora of starships to choose from Armada2526 GE allows for limitless in battle strategies. While at the same time allowing for dictator like control over all that goes on in your empire. If for one reason or another micromanaging becomes a pain, several features allow you to hand different aspects of control to the AI. Alothough there are only 18 different alien races, there are several other factions with differnt perks than the main branch of that race. The map designer enpowers you to create just about any galaxy you heart desires and choose the riches at each planet. The only down falls to this game may be that the game can become a little monotonous after 200 turns if you don't set new goals for your-self and time between turns can be long if you are playing with a lot of races. Above all the game provides a wide variety of stratagies to conqur the galaxy.
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23 of 34 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2,585.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 26, 2014
I have owned this game for over two years and i bought two seperate editions for each computer when (if i remember correctly) i bought the basic Armada 2526 and the expansion Supernova at $20 a pop. Twice, once for each computer. So now i have bought it on Steam and i have laid out $100.

Now i can play it on either computer without porting problems.

The game is by far more interesting to me as my years of playing it go on.

Yes, it needs some creative tinkering to make it an even better game in forms of management. I would love to be able to find just the planets that have reserch staions that have become obsolete so i can both remove them and replace them without going through hundreds of planets,

But if you like broad expansive strategy as well as figuring out how to make an economy work I think you will like this "game of chess with few limits."
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22 of 33 people (67%) found this review helpful
58.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 15, 2014
I bought this game when it was for sale, so I spent around five bucks, and at first I hated it. I believed it to be an absolute bore.

However with some time and imagination, I loved it and found myself playing it quite frequently.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
481.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 10, 2014
it is fun, if your into that kinda thing fun, my only real problem was the ai loading inbetween turns can take up to 20mins on the biggest galaxy setting with 9 races, maybe its my computer, idk. ill always come back for more but its really annoying when i got a thought out plan on what to do on my next turn only to forget what i was going to do due to the fact the turns take forever with pop up messages with deals that are of no use to me anyhow, which then causes me to get annoyed and annihalate a single race due to the fact the game designers made them that way i would say a must play if you loved gal civ but hated the fleet restrictions. great setup but you can win with missle cruisers, fleet carriers and roid rollers. all the other ships have their uses but if a massive wave of missles wipe everything they have and fighters go into mop it up becomes repetitive, ill be back for more but the game designers might want to considers some changes next time.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
70.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 19, 2015
A good stratagy game with staightforword diplomacy, economy and, plantary mangement.
I have logged about 30+ hours and see no reason not to play. Game has a good variety of races and is pretty well made overall. Pretty easy to learn and for the sale price I completely enjoyed my purchase.
The major dowmside is if you leave the game via alt tab or other form of minimizing you haved to restart the game but the games autosaves after every turn minimize the impavct of this.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
129.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
This game is much better than I expected. Having played a lot of hours of it I continue to be impressed by the gameplay. I've played a lot of 4X games and although many of them have some excellent features they tend to be a massive grind. I've found that to be a problem, mid-game they become less space! and more spreadsheet. I'm impressed by this game because it has a strong strategic component, it is very well designed and a lot of fun.
Pros. Gameplay is much better than I expected. Movement is unusual but excellent and the simple but effective flight range mechanic turns this into a proper strategy game. It has sufficient 4X meat on its bones to stay interesting. The alien species are numerous and sufficiently different to give replayability. There is actual strategy in this game compared to many more recent 4X games which can be simply economy sims or CIV inspired. This game loads and processes action extremely quickly on a modern PC. This is also cheap which makes it a low cost to try.
Cons. This is an old game. Graphics are not what you would get in a 2016 release. There is no vessel design system (ship classes and upgrades only). It lacks the bells and whistles of a modern release.
This is very much of the vintage of the original "Masters of Orion" but it is also a bit of a lost classic in the 4X genre. It is rare for me to find a 4x game that is better than I expected, this one is definitely better IMHO than many much more expensive alternatives. Try it!
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Posted: May 28
Ok ... I have alot of games ... and few hold my attention long ... i try though lol ... Armada is one that does ... its not got flashy gfx or sound ... the battles suck .... may as well auto resolve them ... the ai ... can be crushingly hard ... its really hard at the start as your libel to be placed 5 stars away from an enemy that smokes you early .... so ... why say its recommended ... maybe im a glutten for punishment ... nah ... do i like pouring over page after page of reports and micromanaging my colony ... well ... in spurts yeah i mean at the start i can do alot of turns but by the time you have 100+ stars on turn 300 or so out of 2000 turns ( you can set it how many you want) it gets rather tedious .... thats not to say i dont enjoy it ... its just work running a galactic empire that stretches across the map .... as its in space the idea of borders goes out the window as each race gobble up prime systems leave poor ones to be filled in .... the technology systen seems daunting at first as the techs are all way out of reach but as you slowly progress it all comes into focus ....wars are waged with fleets of hundreds of ships warfare .... planetary invasions ... armies ... orbital lazers .... money concerns on upgrading colonies .... i dont have alot of hours on here but i played it for 100's of hours on gametap ... lots of races .... the diplomacy system not be fooled if your strong they wont attack if they say pay 500$ and we wont attack ... they wont ... dont trade your map info for free .... and dont rush out to big an area at the start and meet the races cause if you do early ... well i havent had good luck .... anyway awesome game especially if micromanaging is your thing .... but i was thinking ... how realistic is a galaxy spanning civ .... information cant travel faster than light ... even if we can do the alcubierre warp drive ( nasa is working on it look it up) someday ... the vastness of space in our galaxy alone makes the further colonies years and decades and more removed from the central let alone the far side of the galaxy .... so its quite impractical at our current level of physics ... but as my scout ships flit back and forth as the inevitible tide of my colonizers and battle fleets roll steadily onward .... makes you thing of ufo sightings ...ya know ... i mean the scout ships jobs not to come make contact ... or even attack ... just to survey and it could be a long time between the first survey ships skim through the atmosphere til the inevitiable shadow of the dreadnaught ships block out the sun and the cruisers knock out the defensive capabilities before the bio ships come to gas the population .... food for thought .... good game .... yeah i think so
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Posted: March 24
like a total war game det in space
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