The Star Control series is a trilogy of computer games with a cult following.
Based around a space combat game modeled after Spacewar,
each of the three games adds to this a strategic or adventure game.
The first of the series, Star Control: Famous Battles of the Ur-Quan Conflict,
featured the basic Spacewar-style melee combat
(as it was called, even though the ships actually fired projectile weapons at each other)
engine as well as a strategic game with a three-dimensional cluster of stars as the
terrain. There was no real story component to the game, aside from a cursory
background story explaining the existence of two alliances of alien races at war,
the Alliance of Free Stars and the Hierarchy of Battle Thralls.
However, the main attraction to this game was the well thought-out ship design,
resulting in a highly effective balance between the two sides.
As in the later games from Star Control series, the various races' ships have widely differing appearances and abilities. The ships' sizes, maneuverability, and speed vary. In addition, each ship has a distinct main weapon and secondary ability. For instance, the Ur-Quan Dreadnought has a powerful main gun and the ability to launch independent fighters; while the Mmrnmhrm Transformer has the ability to change between two forms, one with a short-range laser as its main weapon and the other with long-range guided missiles.
Take a trip to the deadly outer reaches of space in the 27th century. Command one of 14 superb starships, each with unique maneuvering, weapons, and armor, as you try to save humanity from a tyrant's rule. Your mission sounds simple enough. Join up with the Alliance of Free Stars to take on the forces of the evil Ur-Quan Hierarchy. The fate of mankind rests in your hands, though, so you'll have to bring an extra helping of courage for this deadly affair. Boasting incredible 3D graphics, Star Control is the first-ever 12-megabit game, and it uses the capacity to bring you 15 detailed scenarios. Awesome sound effects and music make this a great game for sci-fi fans.
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).
An excellent story.
This game is completely free. You may play
it as much as you like without paying a single buck. In exchange
for playing it, you are instead asked for a small favour. You are
encouraged to send any comments you might have about this game.