Videogame (1992). Designed by Tim Wissemann. Platforms: DOS, Win.
VGA Planets is a turn-based 4X Game of galactic domination displayed on a two-dimensional map, broadly similar to its near contemporary Master of Orion (1993). ("VGA" refers to a type of graphics hardware; its use in early versions made the game more visually appealing than some of its competitors.) After receiving mixed reviews on its initial release, VGA Planets became one of the earliest commercially successful Independent Games. The current version is Played by Email; orders for a turn are created by every player in a game and sent to a central machine, which determines the results. As is conventional for this type of game, each player adopts the role of an entire civilization. One probable reason for the popularity of VGA Planets is its selection of playable races, many of which are based on well-known alien species and Galactic Empires from mass media sf, including Battlestar Galactica's Cylons, Star Trek's Romulans and Star Wars' Empire. Each race has strengths and weaknesses appropriate to its model, allowing players to pit their favourite heroes and villains from different franchises against each other. [NT]
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