Strategy Game: Pax Galaxia
Today is a good day for a strategy game review. Not for any particular reason. It just feels like one. And Pax Galaxia is a game that I have wanted to do a review of for quite some time. The game is somewhat getting of age but that is not so important with strategy games, is it?
When I first discovered this game some years ago I was actually searching for something turn-based and got kind of tricked into downloading this one. No regrets though as I had a lot of fun playing this turn based - real time - blend. You have to do just about everything that you would expect to do in a lean turn based thing but this game's never stopping really adds the kind of time pressure that makes playing interesting.
There are plenty of stars in every level and all these stars have to be conquered. In most settings you start with one or very view stars, expand into neutral territory and finally confront your enemies. All stars automatically produce fighting ships but you have to get them to the front to be of any use. And that is when things get really hot.
The stars are connected by wormholes and you can order every single one of yours to either keep their ships where they are or send them along those wormholes as fast as possible. Kind'a hard to describe. Best you try for yourself. You won't be disappointed.
If you happen to command your ships to a star owned by an enemy that is all you need to do to start a fight and the depth of the strategy in this is rather surprising. Your ships can get damaged and if that happens you would better win the battle or you will never get a chance to repair them. They will be lost. And there are also different types of stars with attack, defense, or repair bonuses and there are those stars that exist in multiple locations at once which is a great idea and makes the game even more interesting. (And which is also rather hard to explain to someone who has not seen it.)
The graphics are aging. No question about that. But, as said above, it does not really matter. An exciting, fresh, wonderful game.. And yes. I do get a commission if you buy it from my site.
From the Developer:RISK takes to the stars, but this time the armies move by themselves guided by your past orders. A truly unique and fascinating game of stellar conquest.
The user interface is nothing short of magic. You can command multiple stars with just a stroke of the mouse and then watch the armies move from star to star obeying your orders without questioning.
The user interface is so simple I'm worried you won't notice the unique strategic gameplay of Pax Galaxia. Cunning attacks and deceitful retreats, dramatic encirclements and desperate break-through rescue efforts are the highpoints of a wonderfully dynamic game.The difficulty ranges from extremely easy to nearly impossibly difficult. While the easy modes are suitable for a fun couple of minutes trying to beat your time records, the more difficult ones will require all your concentration and the mastery of all the tricks of the game to overcome the computer players.
- Windows 9X or better
- Pentium 200Mhz
"The comfortable path to strategy."