Horizon is a turn-based space strategy game of galactic exploration and conquest in which you are in control of humanity’s destiny. You will explore deep space, find new frontiers and discover alien artifacts hidden on long-abandoned planets.
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Mixed (364 reviews) - 57% of the 364 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 6, 2014

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December 26, 2015

Horizon release version

December 26, 2015

This year-end small update has some balance changes and a few fixes thanks to your feedback. We also want to wish you happy holidays! It's been great interacting with you for the past year and we hope to continue in 2016!

- Fighters effectiveness in combat has been improved. They now begin with two attacks per round and gain a third one at higher levels.
- Starbases and planets will now get their turn to attack before most other units (their combat initiative was lowered).
- Conquered systems under assimilation or subjugation will no longer count toward 'reckless expansion' for the purposes of others demanding that you stop expanding.
- Effectiveness of the cloaking device has been improved. Cloaked ships will no longer lose "invisibility" when getting hit so long as they don't fire back or the cloaking device isn't damaged.

- The Kor'tahz missions final step will no longer cause a downgrade in relations if you are already allied with them.
- The survey system order will now allow you to cancel and set it back again on unexplored systems with only gas giants.
- Invasions with more than 2 billion troops will now calculate the correct strength for soldiers.

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December 5, 2015

Horizon release version

December 05, 2015

A small update with the following changes:

* Launched missiles that no longer have a target will now expire immediately instead of waiting to run out of fuel before disappearing.

* After a won battle, ships with ground troops that retreated (on the winning side) will now be considered for the purpose of showing the Invasion Prompt option. Previously if none of the remaining ships had ground troops the prompt would not display.

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“One to keep an eye on, definitely.”
70 – Strategy Informer / Gamewatcher

“Best of all, the way Horizon handles technological progress is one of the most elegant I've seen in a grand strategy game.”
65 – IGN

“With the excellent foundation that has already been developed and the dedication that L3O is showing to their fans, it promises to be a true 4X classic in its own right.”
90 – Aesthetic Magazine Toronto

About This Game

Horizon is a turn-based space strategy game of galactic exploration and conquest in which you are in control of humanity’s destiny.

You will explore deep space, find new frontiers and discover alien artifacts hidden on long-abandoned planets. You will also learn more about the galaxy as you come into contact with ten other species, each with their own unique culture, history and schemes.

A fully interactive galaxy allows you to navigate open space between stars and planets. Patrol your borders and, when the need arises, defend your territory by engaging in ship-to-ship tactical combat. Develop new colonies and then watch them become galactic centers for trade, industry and science - and of course military bases, outposts and shipyards to build your battle ships. Push your empire to its limits and go beyond the known horizon!

Key Features

  • Advanced turn-based tactical combat which many 4X fans have been requesting for years
  • Full Tactical ship control includes managing movement, weapons and more. Board other ships, attack from planetary and orbital defenses
  • A Distinct open world system, where ships can explore without artificial limits and where combat can span many turns before concluding
  • Interact with alien races of different levels, including ancient civilizations featuring their own unique storyline, schemes, ships and technology
  • An immersive galaxy storyline with open-ended missions that add another layer of gameplay over classic 4x mode which is also available
  • Engage in meaningful diplomacy choices that will impact the game outcome, includes coordinated actions with your allies against your enemies
  • Discover more than 80 technologies each with 10 levels of upgrades. Conduct planetary surveys and dig for artifacts
  • Design and customize your ships’ weapons and systems based on available technology
  • A detailed economy and colony management system with different types and levels of colonies based on your build choices
  • Play in different galaxy configurations from a few dozen stars to over a hundred star systems containing more than a thousand planets
  • Fully Customize your race or play as one of eight original races (NEW: Includes a mod that unlocks 3 additional ancient races now playable)
  • Extended Modding support with the ability to create your own races and even write your own scripted quests

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows XP SP3
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 64 2.0 GHz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB Video Card w/Pixel Shader 3.0 Support
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:5 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c-compatible
    • OS:Windows 10 / 8.x / 7
    • Processor:Intel Core i3/i5/i7 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:1 GB ATI 4800 series or better, 1 GB NVIDIA 9800 or better
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:5 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c-compatible
Helpful customer reviews
94 of 122 people (77%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
70.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2015
I've been struggling with how to review this game for some time. It hits all the proper 4x elements, it's stable, has a diverse selection of races... but it's just not all that fun. I have yet to ever play a game all the way through. The developer has been great (I've seen frequent meaningful updates), it does everything it's supposed to do, but in the end it makes me long for Star Trek: Birth of the Federation. The two games are very similar but Horizon is just missing that extra something that makes it special. BOTF benefited from the existing Star Trek universe, but it also really captured the feel of the races by using custom UI for each one and having a nice balance of unique traits. If you can find that game, it's great. If the developers have not played it I recommend they do. The universe in Horizon is just too stale as is. Maybe that's it.

Anyway, great game that is well worth supporting, but I can't recommend when there are other better games out there.
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26 of 33 people (79%) found this review helpful
27.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2015
The game is great. Not that great as it could be. Still the tech trees, starship construction , economy system is quite simplified and makes you focus on the main thing like quests and world dominance. There are several drawback, mostly for diplomacy system and point defence in battles. There are glitches with planet bombardment and conquering worlds... but for me this game is a major setforth even compared to GalCiv3.

You get a well optimised game (big boo to GalCiv 3) with understandable techtree, simplified and intuitive economy model (again the rock to GalCiv), great tech management (in fact, this is the first time I prefered the system from MOO 3) than from GalCiv (GalCiv 2 had a decent system, but I can't say the same for GalCiv3 - many drawbacks noticed). You can create almost any race you want (that is now very restricted in GalCiv3). But the thing I fell in love with is tactical fights, quests system and ships modeling. This is just great, and only one game beets it for me - Sword of the stars 1
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2015
Do you like 4X civ games and like science fiction. If you said yes to both then this should be worth a look.

Don't expect to win on your first play through. Normal mode is very aggressive. The casual gamer will have to turn the difficulty down to learn the finer points of the game. Hardcore gamers should not have a problem with it.

The game offers a wide and varied customization of your colonies and ships. Tactically you will want to fight most battles manually one missle or laser blast at a time.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
First, second, third try:
What am I supposed to do?

Fourth try:
Found where to enable tutorial, following a super long tutorial, accidentely closing it, getting ♥♥♥♥♥♥ off.

Fifth try:
Chose Kuntari, developing peacefully, biggest race declares war. Other races constantly demand systems, money, technologies. If you refuse, the become hostile. Got ripped off by the biggest race.

Sixth try:
Chose Kuntari again (they're pretty cute), developing peacefully, building colonies and fleet. Run out of money again and again. Created an alliance, biggest race declares a war, my entire fleet was destroyed by just one enemy colony, starting over.

Seventh try:
Disabled command points (or whatever those are called) not to have fleet limit. Guess whom I chose, building colonies all over the space not caring about the fleet. Everything goes fine. 1st place in expansion chart. Beginning developing fleet. Make an alliance with 3 races, so far so good. Random event occurs - choosing galaxy leader between neutral race and an ally. Voted for ally, everyone else votes for another race. I was prompted if I agree to recognise this race as a leader. Click "yes". A short movie is shown how everybody unified under my command (no ♥♥♥♥ing clue why), now we can... Just can. Do things. Open deplomacy screen - 8 races declared a war to me. Was fighting pretty good, started loosing one colony after another. Rage quit life.

I have absolutely no experience in strategies like that, just saying.

Horizon intensifies.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2015
Not really original, but if you like space strategy games, you might enjoy it.

I would advise to wait for a discount, for the price is too high for what the game has to offer in my opinion.
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