Control of the planet Dune is a top priority for any faction that has aspirations of ruling the universe. That's why three Houses are engaged in a bloody battle, each knowing that Dune is the key to building an insurmountable federation. You can choose from any of the three Houses, Atreides, Harkonnens, or Ordos, and see if you can lead your people to victory. You'll face nine unique levels full of enemies, natural obstacles, and the unknown as you try to fortify your position and gain control of the planet. You'll have to build and defend your base, but don't forget that the only way you'll win this war is to attack your opponents. Finding the right balance between attacks and defensive maneuvers can mean the difference between victory and defeat, so plan your strategy carefully.
In case anyone is unfamiliar with the gameplay, here's how it goes. You have a very small base and a few units to carry out your duties. You have to expand your base and eventually build a refinery. From there, machines known as Harvesters will look for nearby spice, return to the refinery, and get your money. You then use this money to expand your base, build more units, and eventually overcome the enemy base in the area. That's pretty much it…except for the first two missions (in which you have to obtain a certain amount of spice to proceed), the overall objective is simply to destroy the enemy.
You first expand your base by putting down bricks to prevent corrosion, then placing your building of choice on top. You are a bit limited in where you can build your base (only on rock, not on sand) but that's usually not a big problem. First you need a windtrap to provide power…the more you expand, the more windtraps you need. From then, you can build the aforementioned refineries. Each level introduces something new…as you get farther, you can make Outposts (activates the radar in the lower-right corner of the screen), Barracks and Vehicle Factories (for making units), Repair Facilities (take a guess), Starports (for buying units on the market), Spice Silos (to store excess cash), and eventually the Palace, that lets you use the house's special power.
Each house is a bit different…the maps change in all of the campaigns, and there are differences in the units. While it isn't huge at the beginning (the Harkonnen don't believe in the small, speedy Trikes, for instance, but can build Heavy Troopers), eventually each house gets it's own really powerful unit to play with. So there's plenty to see and do in Dune.
DirectX 7.0 or higher (DirectX enhances Windows with advanced multimedia capabilities. If you do not have DirectX installed on your system, you can download it from www.microsoft.com. DirectX comes pre-installed with all copies of Windows 98 SE and later, so most likely it is already installed on your system).
Three houses to choose from
Based on the hit PC version
Build and defend your base
Work toward world domination
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