Let's boldly go forth
While it's a far cry from the like of sci-fi strategy games such as Alpha Centauri
, Spacecom does a pretty good job of providing plenty of tactical depth in a minimalist package. It's a barebones entry into the genre which strips all the graphical flash and simply concentrates on providing lots to think about and if you're not fussed about sharp visuals, you should have some fun here. The essence of the game is familiar stuff and you're charged with expanding your galactic empire by spreading out your armies and conquering all that stands before you. You have different types of fleet at your command, each of which can do battle in a different form, while solar systems are also of a specific type, so you need to plan your moves and consider everything quite deeply. It might seem that there wouldn't be much depth as there isn't a huge range of unit types but once you get stuck into the game, you actually find that there's a huge amount of tactical opportunities available to you and it's here that things really shine. The interface is super minimalist, with only the absolute required elements on screen and which makes picking things up pretty easy and intuitive, even if you've never played such a thing before. The visuals are restricted mostly to star maps but this isn't a great problem as the gameplay is so absorbing and it's easy to get yourself lost in the strategy. The music is actually a highlight as it is specifically designed to accentuate your tactical thinking and overall, if you're after a simple to learn but ultimately rewarding bit of strategy gaming, this is a solid bet.