An American geological expedition, under a UN mandate, assesses the natural resources in a distant part of Siberia, deep in the trackless steppes of Eastern Russia. But instead of oil, they discover a deposit of a hitherto unknown mineral.
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Release Date: Jun 15, 2001

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December 3, 2015

Original Workshop - update 2.0.3.5

As an early Christmas present OWSupport Team (http://www.owsupport.com/) brings you a new update for Original war, which adds Steam Workshop support. Sharing and installing mods has never been more convenient!


Change log:
Added: Make it so mods can change Gallery parts and add new ones (Issue #116)
Added: Add ability to customize SAIL Syntax Highlighting (Issue #120)
Added: When creating new Unit re-use old slots (Issue #130)
Added: Error Log Tick (Issue #149)
Added: Steam Workshop Support (Issue #189)
Bug Fix: Am08 (Issue #6)
Bug Fix: problemy z intrem Ru (Issue #94)
Bug Fix: Am10_cont (Issue #100)
Bug Fix: Ru02 (Issue #103)
Bug Fix: Multiplayer maps (Issue #105)
Bug Fix: Alt tabbing ogl (Issue #106)
Bug Fix: OWOGL re-loads some textures before drawing each frame (Issue #113)
Bug Fix: GrndSec throws error about multiple OW's (Issue #115)
Bug Fix: Clicking on Minimap using OpenGL Renderer doesn't work (Issue #117)
Bug Fix: OW Editor Leaks memory when using Raise/Lower Hex (Issue #118)
Bug Fix: Contaminating scientist (Issue #122)
Bug Fix: Putting driver into sleep with soporific ammunition (Issue #126)
Bug Fix: Invalid Hint Types set in Custom Maps do not show correct image (OGL) (Issue #137)
Bug Fix: OW Editor allows users to create files with non-standard ASCII characters (Issue #145)
Bug Fix: Shift+Exit vehicle bug (Issue #159)
Bug Fix: Am13 (Issue #167)
Bug Fix: Am02 (Issue #168)
Bug Fix: Ru08 (Issue #177)
Bug Fix: Too many Anim Layers (Issue #190)
Bug Fix: Too many Lasers (Issue #191)
Bug Fix: Editor does not display GBI when first imported (Issue #193)
Bug Fix: Arabian Layout bug (Issue #194)
Bug Fix: Am06 - Fixed minor misspelling.
Bug Fix: Am15 - Laggy behaviour was reported
Bug Fix: Ru09 - Fixed minor dialogue error (dialogue string was misspelled)
Changed: Am05 (Issue #45)
Changed: Ru15a + Am15a (Issue #156)
Changed: Ru15a + Am15a (Issue #157)
Changed: Ru15a + Am15a (Issue #158)
Improved: Implement AVI Videos in OpenGL Renderer (Issue #92)
Improved: Points of Siberit detection and shipments on minimap (Issue #128)
Improved: Modify Server to Pause Game when a client requests more than 1 second worth of Ticks (Issue #151)
Improved: Make Randomize SAIL functions unusable in Multiplayer Maps (Issue #160)
Improved: Hide "Include"-section in SAIL editor (Issue #169)
Improved: Increase max environment objects from 1500 to 5000 (Issue #181)
Improved: Make reg_obj2 a dynamic array (Issue #182)

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About This Game

An American geological expedition, under a UN mandate, assesses the natural resources in a distant part of Siberia, deep in the trackless steppes of Eastern Russia. But instead of oil, they discover a deposit of a hitherto unknown mineral.

American scientists working for Department of Defense find out that this mineral is in fact identical to the substance used to power an extraterrestrial artifact in their possession. This object is called the EON (Extraterrestrial Object Nexus).

It was found in 1919 by Colonel Emerson near the site of the Tunguska explosion. Emerson was the commander of a US military unit in charge of transporting US war supplies from the city of Vladivostok to the Eastern front during World War I.

DoD Experiments have shown that items placed in the capsule are transported hundreds of thousands of years back in time. The American scientists were not able to understand its construction, nor could they manage to synthesize its fuel. Eventually, the machine - classified Top Secret - was stored, pending further advances in human science.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/7/8/10
    • Processor: Intel Pentium® III - 900MHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1 compatible with alteast 64 MB of VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Pentium® IV - 2GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia® GeForce™4 - 256 MB
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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jcnfinch
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Damn good, original RTS with a bizarre and very unique plot/setting, with good writing and hammy voice acting. Old school, top down 2d sprites, just like I like it. Plenty of fan campaigns, and is still being supported (hence this fan release). Just buy it.
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JMJMJM
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
One of the most awesome RTS games I got to play. The combination of a strong story, RPG components and great gameplay was unmatched back in 2001. It is still a bomb, I highly recommend it!
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Bison
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
I first played this game upon it's release and I have loved it ever since, it's one of those iconic old school games that you will never see again and has a very unique story line.
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Hanz
( 42.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
Hidden gem! Awesome humor, loads of fun and gameplay you will just love!
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Volamrt
( 63.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 22
Amazing underestimated game with great sense of humor. Dont get mistaken by screenshots, its not like Starcraft. It's Basically RTS with RPG elements. Great campaign that gives you both points of view for the entire story. Sadly because of the crappy publisher there is no expansion that was originaly planned for this game.
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PurplePadawan
( 68.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 18
This is a brilliant game, the title says it all. Very original. New strategy games could learn from abosulte gems like this. I have had this game on disk for many years and have replayed it many times.

The Campaign stories are very captivating, and again highly original, and really drives the missions. The excellent and immersive character relations are superb, ranging from the very sad to the very ridiculous with excellent humour all along the way. I got very attached to some of the characters in-game and that connection really affected my gameplay.

The strategy is very involved, and the gameplay can be insanely difficult at times but it just dosn't seem to matter becasue its such fun, even to replay over and over.

I most definitley recommend this awesome game, there needs to be more like it. For some reason it never seemed to get the acclaim it so rightly deserved, and its great to see a comminity on steam that support it.

For a measly £3-99 you can't go wrong, immerse yourself in the querky superbness that is Original War. :)
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paladin_agp
( 24.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 11
One of the best games I've ever played! I know that game since years, bought it a few weeks ago, and I play it know the I-don't-know-how-often time :D. Well, it's the first time with that Steam-Account, but like I said, I know that game since years and played it really often. The only one RTS I've played is Command & Conquer.

So for all, who thinks about it: Buy it!!!! It's worth it, really!
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Jonxx
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 27
Awesome game.
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binakot
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 21
This is my first RTS game in my life.
Thanks this game for my loving genre of the video games. This is the reason for that.
10/10 when i run this a lot of years ago, 10/10 today.
Immortal masterwork.
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Nevi007
( 31.6 hrs on record )
Posted: February 18
It's one of the games I'm always coming back to.
If I would need to pick my top 5 games, it would be in it :).
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GGChyba
( 96.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 3
1. cheap (wait on often promotion, 0,89 euro)
2. Workshop
3. alive multiplayer and dedicated servers
4. alive community
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Bronjahm
( 47.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 31
Very addictive and original RTS mixed with RPG elements. This game is like a return to my childhood. I've spent many hours playing this game because of the unique gameplay and great story.

You cannot just spawn more soldiers, you have to do whatever is necessary with what you have and keep your units alive for your own good. Every single one has unique personality and once they're dead, they cannot return. There are resources randomly spawning across the map and sometimes you have to fight for every supply you need.

There are two official campaigns where you play as Americans or Russians. You'll also face mercenaries led by Arabs who were also meant to have a campaign but unfortunately it was cancelled (there is a fan made campaign "The Arabian Campaign" which perfectly fills the hole though).

Your units can change their job during a mission. They can become a soldier, engineer, mechanic or a scientist. They keep getting better and better at their job and it's up to you to make them even better. You also assemble vehicles and turrets which can be controlled by your soldiers or just make them fully automatic.

Also I live in Czech Republic, the country where this game was developed and the Czech voice acting is just perfect. Many people say the English one is not very good but that still doesn't ruin the great experience.

+ Story
+ Truly "original"
+ Multiple in-game choices
+ Three playable factions
+ Exploding apes riding a vehicle

- Not very known game (only a few multiplayer matches)
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Garadus
( 17.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 31
Bought and played this as a kid, friggen loved the game, a true hidden gem of RTS games. Foudn out not so long ago it was on steam and nearly dried with happiness :D
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Raj
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 24
According to the forums here on steam THIS GAME CAN NOT BE PLAYED ON WINDOWS 10.

I'm sure its a great game but if you are like me and have windows 10 don't buy it.
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fildaskirk
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 2
First, let me say that I've played many an hour of this game before it was released on Steam and so I can tell that if there ever was a great mixture of base-bulding tactical RTS with RPG elements, OWar is it. The limiting factor of your primary resources (building material and people themselves) which contrasts with the ability to recycle and train "natives" (apemen)/build AI war machines and all this combined with usually limited space of your base which you have to upgrade in certain way presents a very interesting decision-making tactical situation. Add a very interesting and thought-out storyline with different timelines as a result of the time travel and you have a great unorthodox game.
You will want to know what happens next, you will want to know how your decision affects the outcome and you will want to branch out in the campaign to know what would have happened if you made a different decision. The game also offers tactical options, such as units with greater range then they can see, visibility obstructing terrain, including trees, higher ground granting firing range bonus. The soundtrack is also good and nicely themed - the sort of "lumberjack style" for US and the typical tunes "Siberia style" (as we nicknamed them with friends) for Soviets. Speaking of soviets, you will look forward for any communication with your superiors or cutscenes - all great jabs at the party propaganda and way of thinking.
A great older game, RTS where a second here or there is not important, you actually want to carefully plan and execute.

Message for Czech players about dubbing: Hra je i v češtině, ale jen titulky. Dabing je celý v Angličtině, takže pokud jste OWar dříve hráli a těšili se na parádní české nadabování, bohužel.
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Rudevald
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: December 29, 2015
I got this game back in 2001. Im re-playing it every year. I love it in phisical way.
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Kael'thas Sunstrider
( 142.9 hrs on record )
Posted: December 28, 2015
A stellar, beautiful classic. Featuring some of the more unique gameplay, it's an absolute beast to play. The fact it outlived its developer says a lot about it as a whole. I recommend it to everyone who wants to enjoy some oldschool, non-linear gameplay as well as meet an outstanding, everlasting and welcoming community that continues keeping the game alive through a multitude of mods and custom campaigns further enhancing the game.

5/5 This game is worth any price.
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(SVK)HerrPanzer
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: December 25, 2015
Played this as a child and enjoy the hell out of it.
Playing this as adult, still enjoying it.
11 (10+1 for nostalgy)/10
Will travel to past again.
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Agni
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 22, 2015
Finally back to old game. I feel the comming hours :P
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Mnoukadlo
( 45.9 hrs on record )
Posted: December 22, 2015
Very good and challenging RTS, offering many, many hours of fun game play. Very good game mechanics, story and characters and low price, it is a must have for players who like classic games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
42.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
Hidden gem! Awesome humor, loads of fun and gameplay you will just love!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
I first played this game upon it's release and I have loved it ever since, it's one of those iconic old school games that you will never see again and has a very unique story line.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
One of the most awesome RTS games I got to play. The combination of a strong story, RPG components and great gameplay was unmatched back in 2001. It is still a bomb, I highly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
63.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
Amazing underestimated game with great sense of humor. Dont get mistaken by screenshots, its not like Starcraft. It's Basically RTS with RPG elements. Great campaign that gives you both points of view for the entire story. Sadly because of the crappy publisher there is no expansion that was originaly planned for this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
68.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
This is a brilliant game, the title says it all. Very original. New strategy games could learn from abosulte gems like this. I have had this game on disk for many years and have replayed it many times.

The Campaign stories are very captivating, and again highly original, and really drives the missions. The excellent and immersive character relations are superb, ranging from the very sad to the very ridiculous with excellent humour all along the way. I got very attached to some of the characters in-game and that connection really affected my gameplay.

The strategy is very involved, and the gameplay can be insanely difficult at times but it just dosn't seem to matter becasue its such fun, even to replay over and over.

I most definitley recommend this awesome game, there needs to be more like it. For some reason it never seemed to get the acclaim it so rightly deserved, and its great to see a comminity on steam that support it.

For a measly £3-99 you can't go wrong, immerse yourself in the querky superbness that is Original War. :)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
It's one of the games I'm always coming back to.
If I would need to pick my top 5 games, it would be in it :).
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
This is my first RTS game in my life.
Thanks this game for my loving genre of the video games. This is the reason for that.
10/10 when i run this a lot of years ago, 10/10 today.
Immortal masterwork.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Awesome game.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
29 of 29 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2015
I'm a few missions and 5 hours in and I must say, this game lives up to all the talk about it being a hidden gem and an unsung masterpiece.

It's a great rts/rpg that has a very different feel than other rts. You cannot create different soldiers, you can only use the ones you've got (and some you can find scattered throughout certain maps) This means you have to treat each life as vital.

You change jobs at different buildings, choosing from soldier, engineer, mechanic, scientist. Each jobs allows the unit to perform different tasks. Scientists heal and research upgrades and can spot and mark oil. Engineers pick up the shipments of crates that are sent back from the future and build buildings. Mechanics can work in the workshop (or whatever the vehicle and turret gun creating building is called) to create vehicles, guns for turrets and they also repair and drive vehicles (each class can drive vehicles and perform based on their mechanic skill.)

All this adds up to quite an enjoyable game. It also includes a pause feature that allows one to stop the action and give complex sets of orders which is certainly noteworthy and unique in thie genre.

I caught it on sale for a buck and it's not too expenisve otherwise. If you catch it on sale, it's a must have and if you're open to the universe worth of gaming that opens up to you when you look past graphics and release dates it's a must get all the time.

Check it out. You won't be disappointed.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
58.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2015
An excellent and original RTS game, yet very underappreciated. The limited number of personnel per mission makes for a challenging match (whether campaign or multiplayer) and the 2,000,000 BC setting is cool with prehistoric forests, local fauna and limited resources. Definitley worth grabbing a copy but unfortunately multiplayer matches are non-existent and there is no skirmish mode so unless you have a group of friends to play with you'll be sticking to the campaign. Workshop mods add some extra playability with some neat singleplayer missions.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2015
100% - peak of classic isometric RTS era! Proud owner of box version since 2002! MUST HAVE!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
96.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
1. cheap (wait on often promotion, 0,89 euro)
2. Workshop
3. alive multiplayer and dedicated servers
4. alive community
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
47.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
Very addictive and original RTS mixed with RPG elements. This game is like a return to my childhood. I've spent many hours playing this game because of the unique gameplay and great story.

You cannot just spawn more soldiers, you have to do whatever is necessary with what you have and keep your units alive for your own good. Every single one has unique personality and once they're dead, they cannot return. There are resources randomly spawning across the map and sometimes you have to fight for every supply you need.

There are two official campaigns where you play as Americans or Russians. You'll also face mercenaries led by Arabs who were also meant to have a campaign but unfortunately it was cancelled (there is a fan made campaign "The Arabian Campaign" which perfectly fills the hole though).

Your units can change their job during a mission. They can become a soldier, engineer, mechanic or a scientist. They keep getting better and better at their job and it's up to you to make them even better. You also assemble vehicles and turrets which can be controlled by your soldiers or just make them fully automatic.

Also I live in Czech Republic, the country where this game was developed and the Czech voice acting is just perfect. Many people say the English one is not very good but that still doesn't ruin the great experience.

+ Story
+ Truly "original"
+ Multiple in-game choices
+ Three playable factions
+ Exploding apes riding a vehicle

- Not very known game (only a few multiplayer matches)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
First, let me say that I've played many an hour of this game before it was released on Steam and so I can tell that if there ever was a great mixture of base-bulding tactical RTS with RPG elements, OWar is it. The limiting factor of your primary resources (building material and people themselves) which contrasts with the ability to recycle and train "natives" (apemen)/build AI war machines and all this combined with usually limited space of your base which you have to upgrade in certain way presents a very interesting decision-making tactical situation. Add a very interesting and thought-out storyline with different timelines as a result of the time travel and you have a great unorthodox game.
You will want to know what happens next, you will want to know how your decision affects the outcome and you will want to branch out in the campaign to know what would have happened if you made a different decision. The game also offers tactical options, such as units with greater range then they can see, visibility obstructing terrain, including trees, higher ground granting firing range bonus. The soundtrack is also good and nicely themed - the sort of "lumberjack style" for US and the typical tunes "Siberia style" (as we nicknamed them with friends) for Soviets. Speaking of soviets, you will look forward for any communication with your superiors or cutscenes - all great jabs at the party propaganda and way of thinking.
A great older game, RTS where a second here or there is not important, you actually want to carefully plan and execute.

Message for Czech players about dubbing: Hra je i v češtině, ale jen titulky. Dabing je celý v Angličtině, takže pokud jste OWar dříve hráli a těšili se na parádní české nadabování, bohužel.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
Bought and played this as a kid, friggen loved the game, a true hidden gem of RTS games. Foudn out not so long ago it was on steam and nearly dried with happiness :D
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2015
This is amazing, I'm looking forward to finishing it, and then continue playing with the new Workshop support.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
142.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2015
A stellar, beautiful classic. Featuring some of the more unique gameplay, it's an absolute beast to play. The fact it outlived its developer says a lot about it as a whole. I recommend it to everyone who wants to enjoy some oldschool, non-linear gameplay as well as meet an outstanding, everlasting and welcoming community that continues keeping the game alive through a multitude of mods and custom campaigns further enhancing the game.

5/5 This game is worth any price.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
45.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2015
Very good and challenging RTS, offering many, many hours of fun game play. Very good game mechanics, story and characters and low price, it is a must have for players who like classic games.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2015
For a long time I was searching for the game I remembered like "the war strategy game with czech language".
I was kid when I played demo and had even dreams about I can get into new missions.
Now I can play it whenever I would like to, I was so happy about buying this!
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208 of 223 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 27, 2014
I still have the boxset from this game in my closet since 2002ish. This game is pure awesome. Don't let its retro looks fool you.


Its something along the vibes of jagged alliance. you get character progression and permadeath. Most of the main characters have their own lines and personalities written for throughout the entire campaign; i always tried to keep em alive just for that ;D

other than that, the storyline, while slightly convoluted, simply serves as a backdrop for a great rts/rpg game where you manage not only your resources, but your human resources as well. 4 Character classes where your characters can switch between and gain experience in during missions carry out specific tasks, where soldiers fight, scientists do research and heal people up, engineers start buildings and collect resources, and mechanics drive and build vehicles.

Decisions you make within each mission affect subsequent missions. Somewhere down the line you will be forced to make one which will split your campagin progress into two trees. *spoiler :D*

I really loved the vehicle design in this game, where you slowly overtime research and unlock modules to provide more options for modular vehicle construction. Gun+Chassis+Power source+ wheels/tracks is awesome. I like the really distinctive look of the double gun cars. <3


all in all, this game is worth my 20 bucks then, and the 5 bucks now. buy it. you wont be disappointed.
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