Parents' Guide to

Spacecom

By Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Simple, boring 2-D space conquest weak on heroes, visuals.

Game Windows 2014
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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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