3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A fun space conquest game,
= Durability: = Fun: = Educational:
This review is from: Galactic Emperor (Toy)
This game is good for fans of Setters of Catan, Puerto Rico, and I'd like to say Twilight Imperium but I haven't taken that one for a spin yet. Risk players would also enjoy it, but be warned that it is a more complex game. Its a great choice for players that like to attack, rather than players that like to "turtle" behind a defensive line and avoid conflict.
Each player has a homeworld, and has an objective of occupying as many worlds as possible in order to score victory points. Worlds can be taken through exploration, diplomacy or military conquest, though most of the real scoring happens during the regent phase when each player's total holdings are added up.
The game thrives under larger numbers of players. Player empires become perilously close together, forcing military buildups on multiple fronts.
The game is most enjoyable when you don't play defensively. Fleets cost a lot of resources to build, but you have a limited number of each model that you can build and there are plenty of opportunities to rebuild your fleet over the course of the game. In the second half of the game, a black hole is added to the board which offers a nice surprise attack option. Also, short term gains afforded by military conquest can have a significant impact on the final score.
And best of all, the end game tiebreaker is the top players battling it out with what remains of their fleets. ;)