[Game] Birth of the Empires
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Birth of the Empires (also known as BotE) is a turn-based 4X strategy game set in space in the style of classics such as Microprose’s Master of Orion 2 or ST: Birth of the Federation.
By choosing one of six major races aim is to gain control and supremacy over a part of the galaxy, either by diplomatic or military means. Further victory conditions are available at game start.
Earth, 2121: Spaceflight coming nearer and the third world war was long in the past, the future looks bright again for mankind. The whole universe with all its fascinating worlds, lifeforms, species and anomalies lies ahead of each brave man and woman aboard their starships eager to find new life, a new home and contact to whatever civilization there may be outside Earth system, to explore the unexplored, to encounter the unencountered.
Take command of one race during the beginning stages of their empire, but beware, there is more than one way leading to victory and each time, mastering it will be different. It will likely change and you are challenged to keep the balance within the galaxy quadrant or seize galactic power for your race and thereby establish your own “balance” in the galaxy!
Android port based on the original Birth of the Empires which can be found here:
Source code can be found here:
Credits for the game and assets:
A tutorial video is planned, the first version can be found here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPUyuJFnNJ0
A video with commentary is also planned. Until then consult this short FAQ:
I will update it as soon as questions arise.
WARNING: For best experience at least a 6″ screen is recommended, else fonts and buttons might be too small.
WARNING #2: There is a new Option called “Enable Preload”. If you had no issues before version 0.6.19 then you can safely enable it to make the UI snappier. If you had issues then DON’T enable it.
If you have enabled it by accident and your game doesn’t starts please go into the device’s Settings-Application Manager-Birth of the Empires and tap “Clear Data” and “Clear Cache”. This will unfortunately also delete your savegames.
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Birth of the Empires user reviews :
This game is very fun, anyone that enjoys 4x games will probably like this game if they lower their standards a bit, the tutorial is very rough, it’s just text and it’s boring, but I never used it, just use common sense. I like it so far, haven’t played much but it seems quite fun this far. Didn’t need tutorial at all just 4x common sense and some guessing. But yeah very fun for me so far.
There is still a lot that needs to be done to make this game good enough to truly recommend. Additionally, while the game had some tweaks done to make it work worth touch screens, it hasn’t been fully optimized for it (trying to push slider buttons to move up by 1 or down by 1 is difficult due to small hit boxes on the slider button); this ignoring small smartphone screens where it is extremely difficult to read small text. What gameplay there is here though is good and definitely shows promise.
I really appreciate the effort put into developing BotE, I can seen the work and effort put into this game. BotE clearly has love and passion at it’s core. That said, BotE could use a little more work. More specifically, I felt that the AI’s espionage capabilities are somewhat unbalanced. Even on easier difficulties, an AI player can effortlessly bring your empire to heel through the use of espionage. Nevertheless, I’m confident that this issue will be resolved in the near future.
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