A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Conquering your enemy by force is the sole message.
Positive Role Models
Players defeat their enemies to become rulers of the universe. Defeat is handled solely through war and conquest.
Ease of Play
Point-and-click gaming at its simplest.
Violence & Scariness
Players engage in battles, but there's no direct control or visual representation of the combat. Instead, players get messages about how the battle is going.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Spacecom is a downloadable point-and-click strategy game that features two single-player modes and multiplayer accessed through a game lobby. The concept is simple, as are the commands, making it easy for younger players. Spacecom feels and plays like a board game, with the goal being to defeat all other players (or computer opponents). Battles are frequent, but there's no visual violence, and the only clue as to whether players are winning or losing battles comes via text messages that might say "winning slightly" or "victory is at hand."
Is It Any Good?
Spacecom takes the entire genre of strategy game; combines it with the flat, 2-D feel of a board game; and cuts out complex elements like building, colonizing, harvesting, or even micromanaging combat. This is purported to be a 4X strategy game (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate), but gameplay is actually a question of simply throwing enough units into battle and protecting supply lines during each encounter. The game lacks visual appeal, and replayability (in the mission modes) isn't really high unless players are intent on achieving each optional goal.
All of that said, what's left is a nice, simple, introductory-type strategy game that has some depth and requires some forethought, although it's otherwise devoid of the complexity that can strengthen other RTS titles. The game might appeal to some players, but hardcore RTS fans probably won't linger in this universe for long.
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