VGA Planets is a graphical, multi-player, space strategy war game. The game simulates combat in space between galactic scale empires. The game emphasizes colonization of space and the development of the planets that you find, colonize or conquer. Development of these resources determines what kind of starships (freighters and capital ships) that the player is able to produce. The game is designed to be a strategic and tactical game of warfare, with a strong emphasis on economic development. The game is set in the "Echo Cluster" where 11 different races fight for control.
The VGA Planets brand has evolved into several distinct games:
VGA Planets 3 is the original turn-based, multiplayer strategy game that became extremely popular, establishing the brand. Version 3 is still played today by many players. VGA Planets Nu is the 2010 web edition of the Version 3 game.
VGA Planets 4 is a separate game, with similar game play which followed the Version 3 release produced as shareware by Tim Wisseman.
VGA Planets 5 StarCube (under development) is a new version of VGA Planets which is played as a real time multiplayer online game.
The game was originally released in 1992 but became well known in 1994 with version 3, although the prior version 2.2 was already played worldwide. Version 3 allows up to 11 players to join, each of them leading one of the 11 possible races; in version 4 this limit has been removed, and several instances of the same race can be... Read More