Posted: December 15
Horizon is a sandbox 4X space strategy game. For those who are new to the strategy genre, 4X means eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate. The graphics remind me of a game that was published probably in early 2000s. The grandfather of this game has to be Masters of Orion. I say this mainly because I see a variety of similarities. But then again, the same could be said for many 4X space strategy games.
The game play is what you would expect a 4X game to be. Ships traversing the stars, colonizing and warring with other races. The research is different from typical 4X games. Traditionally additional levels of research were levels in name. For example: Laser II, Laser III etc. This is not the case in Horizon. Instead of merely unlocking an item in research, the player has to level it up which can be confusing because I felt like I was not certain what was a solid level to research before focusing on a new area.
Acquiring a new level 0 weapon felt less advantageous because it was level 0 compared to the level 8 laser the fleet was using. The player can focus 50% of the research to a certain category and then focus the research further in said category. For example: Click Weapons and then Lasers. There are also some areas of research I considered to be a little to micromanage oriented for the empire. Ground troop types are available to spice things up, but this means additional research.
While playing this game I discovered a few additional things that are not as common to this style of game. Digging on certain planets to reveal game elements. The player can also explore the system or just a singular planet. Colonization ships would deposit pods on the surface, and then became available to fly back to port in order for it to be refitted with pods once more. It was a nice change over colony ships being lost with every planet. The flaw is that there are command points for the empire. This means that the player is only allowed so many ships in service at one time.
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I would like to take a moment to thank Iceberg Interactive for approaching me and providing a free copy of Horizon for this review.
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