Perimeter is an innovative Real-Time-Strategy game that pits players against each other or AI opponents in a life and death struggle to seize territory and establish crucial protective “perimeters.” Players will be introduced to the game’s unique terraforming feature, allowing them to move, build, construct and destroy the map...
User reviews: Mostly Positive (19 reviews)
Release Date: May 21, 2004
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To celebrate the arrival of the stand-alone expansion to Perimeter, Perimeter: Emperor's Testament, Steam trading cards are now available for the original game.

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“Perimeter is an excellent experiment that succeeded in a lot of areas.”
8 – IGN

“... we think it’s a must-have for any RTS enthusiast looking for a challenging title.”

“A large number of possibilities awaits the ambitious tactician. From tunnelling assaults to flying barrage defences, Perimeter relies on the imagination of players to become genuinely interesting.”
80 – Edge Magazine

About This Game

Perimeter is an innovative Real-Time-Strategy game that pits players against each other or AI opponents in a life and death struggle to seize territory and establish critical protective “perimeters.” Players will be introduced to the game’s unique “terraforming” feature, allowing them to move, build, construct and destroy the map environment. Set in a future where the Exodus civilization has abandoned the dying Earth, the game offers a well-balanced combination of new terraforming principles and territorial wars with traditional strategy elements.

Key features:

  • Fast paced Real-Time-Strategy action
  • Introduces principles of terraforming in which players can construct or destroy the very gameworld environments themselves
  • State-of-the-art engine and graphics that deliver powerful gameplay and solid audio and visuals
  • Detailed science fiction universe with original soundtrack, including high quality electronic music
      Perimeter is affected by the GameSpy shutdown on the 31st of May. You can continue to play the game through LAN, DirectIP and GameRanger.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/7/8
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4+ or AMD Athlon XP 2GHz and faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia or AMD video card with 128Mb VRAM or more
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Online play no longer supported, LAN play is possible
Helpful customer reviews
15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record

+ good presentation (especially as i remember it when it was released), fantastic atmosphere
+ incredible soundrack, great sound in general that contributes to the atmosphere
+ very original theme, sci-fi setting, dark at times (trying to leave earth and reach the promised land may seem common, but the plot unfolds very nicely and in a unique way)
+ gameplay wise it's an RTS game, very fresh in ideas and full of innovation, using terraforming and morphing units at its core, making the land itself the primary resource for expanding your base. upgrading units (again in a unique way) and building tech-labs and many other building as in other rts. using the shield to protect your base from the scourge...
+ excellent level/mission design

- enemy and unit ai is not the best
- the storyline switches between different factions all the time, that may be confusing
Posted: July 4
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.5 hrs on record
Well, what can I say? It’s an old game, but it’s a good game. I remember, I couldn’t beat the campaign years back due to the need to distribute your attention, to dispense it on the different tasks. That’s why I think it’s good: you must be in absolute control of situation, of every part of yours and enemy’s forces. Some may call that babysitting, but I think it makes you think, adapt, be fast and precise in your actions.
The storyline, its campaign, the world itself together reflect these concepts well, I think. The Spirits, priestly like people with advanced knowledge, discovered the new dimension — The Psychosphere. They said, they found a promised land, full of happiness for humankind, but the way here would be long and hard (as usual, of course). The Psychosphere contains all human thoughts and desires which are embodied into the Scourge: strange and dangerous creatures that are attracted by the human mind itself.
Together with the other people Spirits created a floating cities — the Frames. Frame is a home for the piligrims and the way to travel through the Psychosphere in search of the Promised Land. As I said above, the Psychosphere is very unstable, chaotic and creates the Scourge due to the chaos of thoughts and desires. So all pilgrims must be controlled, must be whole and should control their mind in their dangerous travels. And it takes several years to build new portals and travel to new undiscovered worlds.
Player begins the game as a Legate of the one of the first Frames. As a Legate you need to watch this chaotic world and protect your Frame and your people. You must terraform every possible place to gather more energy for your next travels, defending yourself from the Scourge, finding new worlds and new, different and heretic and hostile visions of situation from the different Frames.

What I can mark as distinctive features of this game:
— terraforming is one of the main concepts of the game: you need it to gather the energy, to build your structures from the so-called zero plane; zero plane can be damaged what makes this approach very interesting from the tactical side;
— you have a robotic army that contains three basic types of units: soldier, officer and technician; if you’ll build according laboratories, you can transform you squads into new types of units, even on the fly; it creates some possibilities like digging your way underground and then transforming your squad into bombers for heavy damage;
— three different factions with three types of special units each, with different views and philosophy;
— paranormal bubble-chained world with its unique atmosphere in couple with the futuristic technologies;
— some very hard missions that need from you full concentration and distribution of your attention;
— you need to use community’s workaround to play multiplayer at the current state.
Posted: June 25
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Although old, this is a very nice and original strategy game. Control your base, and build up your energy network. Use that as a shield.
Build base units as building blocks, and transform them into specialized units as you will...

Posted: June 26
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
this is awsome but only if online worked
Posted: June 19
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
A good game for fans of old-fashioned RTS if you can get a deal on it; it doesn't hold up as well as C&C or TA of course but the gameplay is still fun.
Posted: August 31
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Game has some interesting concepts, but is marred by bugs in the tutorial and a poor interface.

The tutorial mission cuts off explanations with new lines of dialogue constantly.

In game, the units can be hard to see/select, and can be hard to tell what's damaging them. Also doesn't seem to be possible to move units of a certain type individually, though I'm not sure on that one. Perhaps it's just not properly explained, or that explanation was cut off.
Posted: June 29
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103 of 106 people (97%) found this review helpful
22.2 hrs on record
Perimeter is a little-known gem of the real-time strategy genre. It mixes a rate-based game flow resembling that of Total Annihilation, intensive terraforming, a psychedelic posthumanist story, and graphics advanced for its time.
Posted: April 3
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46 of 47 people (98%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
If you like and have time for td games this is a great oldie it is different than the others, i like it a lot, going back for more now...
give it some time if u get stuck replay and learn it gets easyer then hard again but still refreshing from the norm so try it its cheap fun
Posted: April 5
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35 of 41 people (85%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
good game old but fun at times
Posted: April 6
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5 of 66 people (8%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
AI sucks. Your units can land on terrain that will kill them. What's up with that? I lost more units that way than to the scourge. They cannot distinguish hostile terrain from good terrain.

On defense mode, your units can, and will go into said terrain ON THEIR OWN without the player commanding them. If a building is between it and the enemy, it will NOT move to have line of sight with the enemy.

All this stupidity despite the fact that your units CAN FLY! WHAT THE BLOODY HELL?!?! They land into a canyon and "poof!" SQUAD IS UNDER ATTACK.

Uh, no, squad is not under attack. Squad is FALLING into a canyon or a moat DESPITE HAVING THE ABILITY TO FLY.

Good friggin' grief man!

PS: If you are going to portray a futuristic and technically advanced civilization capable of interstellar trans-dimensional space travel, then you must make sure that the units you can control and command in-game can portray just that.

If said units only have dumb AI that cannot see it is going to step into hostile terrain due to its auto-attacking an enemy, then what does that portray? Stupidity, that's what. Why not fly then attack? And when done then land NOT on hostile terrain.

When you make a group of units, and send them over good terrain that is surrounded by hostile terrain, then those at the edges of the group will probably land on hostile terrain. Then you'll feel bad because you clicked on good terrain, you didn't send them to land on bad terrain. Like I said, AI sucks.

If you like strategy games where you have to baby-sit every single unit despite the fact that the player is supposed to be a member of a highly advanced civilization, then this is the game for you.
Posted: April 10
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3 of 136 people (2%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Painful game. The tutorial explained nothing having anything to do with the first game.
Apparently, everything I had was under attack in the first game by invisible somethings with no explaination.
I built a second energy station and it was attacked.
The ground appeared to be splitting under the buildings which may have something to do with something but I couldn't tell.
So I sat there awaiting something to happen which didn't until the power ran out and I failed the misson.
At this point, the silver lining on this particular cloud is that I only paid $3.5 for it.
Oh well, I will uninstall and try to forget we ever talked about this game.
This had a 77 on metacritic which is baffeling.
Posted: April 5
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