Master of Orion

Master of Orion is a competitive game of interstellar conquest that combines exploration with conflict. You are cast as the immortal emperor who shapes the future of your race, as contact is made with the neighbouring races. Your objective is simple: control a majority of the known galaxy and eliminate all who stand in the way.
As ruler you must ultimately decide the destiny of your race as you make decisions on how planetary resources are allocated, where star fleets will be deployed, which races to fight, and which races to ally with. You begin with control of your home planet, from which you can explore and colonize nearby star systems. Your first decisions will centre around the rapid development of colonies into productive worlds, what types of technology to focus on, and which star systems to colonize. However, the true challenge begins when contact is made with other races, and complex strategies must be formulated to manage diplomacy, sabotage, espionage, trade, and interstellar combat.
Developed by:
SimTex
SimTex was established in 1988 by Steve Barcia and went on to create their two most popular and well known series Master of Magic and Master of Orion 1 and 2 but unfortunately closed in 1997
Multiplayer:
No Multiplayer
Platform:
Dosbox
Rated:
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Review by acecairo

Todays space strategy games get way too compicated by resource managment and other annoying details.  MOO has very easy resource managment which lets you concentrate on other strategies.  Most games today have resource trees, in this game you can pour all your research into weapons or you can research multiple items at the same time, or steal tech from another race!  The thing I really love about this game is how even if you fall behind in tech research you can still defeat your enemy by building a giant fleet made of small fighters loaded with cheap missles.  You never feel like you need to start over if something goes wrong, you can always get over it. There are just so many options!  The best turn based strategy game I have ever played, bar none.

Review by turbulance55

This game is outstanding, it has massive replayability, and blows other strategy games of its time out of the water. It is complex enough, but not so much to where it makes the game a pain to play. The selection of races and the specialties of each races makes it a challenge to play with each (sillicoids aside) race. Just my thoughts, thanks for playing =]

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  11/8/2015 1:33:00 AM - asstron It's not FGE's fault.. it's these twats at gog, and steam etc.. before FGE was at least making cash off ads, now some ass decides to sell it and guess what.. I aint buyin it. We all have DOSBOX and torrrents are readily avaiable. now no one get money. screw you gog.com
  5/11/2015 4:16:00 PM - erdjan mehmeti Premijeru niko ne brani da sanja da je mrav, ali njegove ružičaste snove građani Srbije žive kao košmar. I to više ne mogu da trpe A... »
  9/30/2014 5:53:00 AM - GoOdy Your Losing Doing This FGE...Just Make It Free Again!
  4/12/2014 6:57:00 PM - GORTEVANS Whoa......Lot's of people don't read much... It's not the website it's the developers...ish... Misplaced aggression...
  11/18/2013 10:51:00 AM - joe Its still free, not on this site though... Google it, i downloaded DosBox and torrented MOO (masters of Orion). ITS THAT EASY.. google search + download Dosbox from dosbox site, torrent MOO or google free download. This is the ONLY site that makes you pay for it,
  3/26/2013 11:56:00 PM - Just because this was one of the games that alot of people played when it was free you decide to make us pay for it? That is just greedy...
  3/18/2013 11:57:00 PM - Anonymous THIS WEBSITE SAYS FREE IN THE GOSH DARN NAME WTH IS UP WITH IT TELLING ME THAT I GOTTA PLAY TO PAY THIS GAME THIS GAME WAS THE ONLY REASON I VISITED IF IT HAD BEEN FREE I MIGHTA STAYED BUT SCREW THIS IT AINT WORTH TRYING TO FIND A TRULY FREE GAME
  2/8/2013 9:04:00 AM - milkdaddy Moo2 is a good thing too. Its sad that people are trying to make $ off the greatest classic games of all time.
  12/21/2012 6:36:00 AM - freethegame I really wish i could play this.
  12/15/2012 2:20:00 AM - b14 bring it back 4 the holidays (the link wont work)
  11/8/2012 8:58:00 AM - Leeroy hey, the paid games are still in My Games and are playable if you played them in the past. Unfortunately I don't have this one :-( Can anyone post a link ?
  11/4/2012 9:06:00 PM - jxxx dear free games empire,this was one of my favorite games on this site and you ruined it by making people have to buy this.i don't care how rare this game is.MAKE IT FREE.i can play transport tycoon deluxe for free without even downloading it.if you could make this game free again it would make me very happy.p.s.this isn't my real account.i just forgot the username and password.
  10/12/2012 12:45:00 PM - user i will visit no more FREE games empire !! and all the others site that should be FREE. I will dl a good emulator and dl games directly from other sources (i.e. torrent). i invite all user to make a HUGE EMBARGO on this site and all sites that should be free and it make you pay.
  9/10/2012 4:44:00 AM - Jack lamesauce that its not free anymore, can't believe it...
  8/3/2012 7:56:00 PM - ira Ill never visit this site again. Thanks for all the time you provided moo for free.
  8/2/2012 6:39:00 PM - ed looks like all the mps games are been sold lol thet is sad was good game =(
  8/2/2012 8:44:00 AM - , Still good that you're got the manual and page.
  8/2/2012 8:39:00 AM - you "Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:" Why couldn't they have put MOO 1 in that bit. I've downloaded this on my little sis's compter, now to get it back.
  8/1/2012 2:34:00 PM - Tony I still have the game in My Games menu. Thank god I made my registration. Direct links still works too.
  8/1/2012 8:34:00 AM - FreeGameEmpire It's no reason to be rude. Once again: We do not charge the game we have no money from it, but since its being officially sold, we cannot provide it for free. The game is being sold by the official distributor and comes with a windows installer. I think that a link to the seller is better than delete this game completely from this site. Other abandonware sites also removed it from their collection.
  7/31/2012 4:17:00 PM - Rick by the way your registration section has no enter button. in other words no one can join your site or anything.
  7/31/2012 4:10:00 PM - Rick I can't find the FAQ section let alone the skill evidently to get it to run, I guess I'm a a failure.
  7/31/2012 8:42:00 AM - ira its quite obvious that a lot of us would just like you guys to put it again for direct online play. Keep the empire FREE. ps i tried to do what you wrote but didnt make it.
  7/31/2012 8:34:00 AM - FreeGameEmpire If You played the game online. Check the FAQ section, where you will find the location of game files on your hard drive. It will require some skill to run it on your own though.
  7/31/2012 6:43:00 AM - Rick I'd like to say i'm really sad its no longer free to play since tried the download version and it will not work so I played the online version, as it goes if i'm going to pay for the game i'll just buy the CD version since it will work while the download version here does not.
  7/31/2012 3:41:00 AM - ira why delete it completely? I played all the time.I believe others did as well. Its much more likely it will be abandoned now. Pls put it in a free mode again.
  7/30/2012 9:30:00 PM - rage pitty that it isn't free anymore. I will have to play another game :=(
  7/30/2012 4:02:00 PM - FreeGameEmpire Well, don't blame me. I thought link to the shop might be better than just delete it completely. If the game is being sold again it is no longer abandoned.
  7/30/2012 3:26:00 PM - ira omg george u shouldnt do that after all its called FREE game empire.
  7/30/2012 2:06:00 PM - ira did it just stop beeing free to play? why?
  7/21/2012 8:49:00 AM - MasterOf..... Like master of magic but futuristic
  7/6/2012 9:49:00 AM - FreeGameEmpire Make sure, you have the latest ClickOnce plug-in installed. Firefox is known to have some problems with launching .net applets. If the latest plug-in still doesn't work for you, try older firefox distribution or another browser like IE or Chrome.
  7/3/2012 12:36:00 PM - Madventurer For some reason, every time I try to play this with firefox it wants me to download emulator. Even though I have it.
  6/18/2012 4:11:00 AM - Powergain Use firefox browser
  6/5/2012 8:57:00 PM - Mark345 OK I have got it working. Can anyone remember how to turn off events?
  5/6/2012 11:29:00 PM - Mark345 OK I have downloaded and tried to install but no joy. From D: it goes as far as trying to run but claims it needs expanded memory. From C: I can create the directories C:\MPS\ORION> but it won't recognise the command ORION or INSTALL. Just running the INSTALL program it asks for A: B: or *: I could make a floppy but what to put on it? DOSBox shuts down part of my keyboard so I can't use the \ key. Maybe someone could help but it has been many years since I have worked with DOS.
  3/23/2012 5:48:00 AM - pschenk the game is great.. however my mouse quit work and only the keyboard responds.. has anyone else had this problem where the mouse no longer responds?
  1/15/2012 1:24:00 AM - kenneth12 Playing this game makes me wonder why they made Master of Orion 3 so complicated it was unplayable. Glad I found this jewel.
  1/13/2012 6:28:00 PM - Derp Looks like Sins of a Solar Empire and Galactic Civilizations took A LOT of inspiration from this.
  12/6/2011 9:08:00 PM - GLOWER111 ONE OF THE BEST EVER MAID
  12/1/2011 11:35:00 PM - johnny i got the game, i got dosbox. now what do i do??
  11/27/2011 10:38:00 PM - Todd Hawley I remember this game ... it was great fun
  11/15/2011 5:51:00 AM - genghiskhan777 About Acecairo's review...Massing a fleet of only missle ships is not a good strategy. There are several techs that limit and even completely nulify the missles. Be Psylons and invest in tech, then run around in giant ships with beam weapons and deathrays. Much more fun.
  10/18/2011 11:16:00 AM - Kay Its telling me to contact vendor.I'm guessing, this game is not working at the moment?
  9/1/2011 11:40:00 PM - hamid good
  8/17/2011 1:19:00 AM - HELP i cant figure out how to play it downloaded emulator but now what?
  8/8/2011 6:08:00 PM - BlueNine Wow, found the site yesterday and just spent about 10hrs solid playing this, finally learned to expand like crazy as soon as possible! Can see where Galactic Civilizations gets a lot of its inspiration from and probably why it did so well.
  7/22/2011 1:29:00 AM - jorgeasal my favorite game
  7/1/2011 10:21:00 AM - Wytchfynder Aaaaaahh got this game from my uncle, and having bought a ten year old XP for the purpose of old games it worked fine. If it wasnt still in general sale it'd be cool to see the second one, 5/5 love the game.
  4/8/2011 9:02:00 AM - FreeGameEmpire mcrazylaren: as for emulator problems please use our Technical Issues forum.
  4/8/2011 9:01:00 AM - FreeGameEmpire If you updated Firefox, you have probably break your ClickOnce plug-in. It's generally bad idea to use the latest browser release. And my opinion is, It's a bad idea to use Firefox 4 at all. I like the old one :-)
  4/7/2011 11:47:00 PM - Mono yeah having issues with the emulator for all the games is it because I updated fire fox? Thats when it stopped working for me.
  4/6/2011 11:23:00 PM - mcrazylaren it wont let me play....it just keeps taking me around in loops from the web site to downloads to the same web site....maybe i am retarted and missed something....help
  4/3/2011 2:40:00 AM - That one guy rofl at scascotss comment
  3/31/2011 4:10:00 AM - ScaScott Well, Mr. ???????? (I see you are too embarrassed to put in your name), had you looked down just a few posts (8 to be exact) you would have noticed that Daf actually mentioned it was great to find the game WITH the manual. This statement was not made just to take up space, you need the manual in order to answer the questions, you see back in the old days, they didn't have all these fancy schmancy encryptions types, they had a manual and used that for verification. Games would either ask you to identify ships/vehicles/units found in the manual, or ask you what the 5th word from chapter 3 in the second paragraph of the manual was, or in certain cases (F-15 authentication codes which had multiple versions ie, I had F-15 and my buddy had it as well for the Atari 8-bit, but the codes were different). In any case the manual is listed directly under the "play now!" button, perhaps you should play in windowed mode so you can swap back and forth and hopefully that will prevent you from complaining about a FREE game from a FREE website!
  3/27/2011 6:13:00 PM - FreeGameEmpire RTFMF :-) (Read The F***ing Manual First)
  3/27/2011 4:53:00 AM - ???????? wtf, i lost because i couldn't identify the stupid space ships!!
  3/27/2011 3:48:00 AM - bbg it's kinda like SPORE:)
  3/21/2011 12:20:00 PM - Jarecki 15000 cycles is to low. It should be about 30000 cycles
  3/21/2011 11:55:00 AM - Jarecki Now its OK. Thanks.
  3/16/2011 2:30:00 PM - FreeGameEmpire Anyway I have discovered, there was incorrect performance setting for this game. I have corrected a configuration file. The game should have much better performance now.
  3/16/2011 1:36:00 PM - FreeGameEmpire Hello Jarek, good point :-) I will update our dosbox configuration to allow this. In the mean time (It may take some time since I need to change our applet) feel free to change dosbox keymap file manually in location: "Your user config folder"\Application Data\AppClient\dosbox\mapper.txt
  3/16/2011 12:36:00 PM - jarek Hello, im wondering how to use dosbox default keys in emulator ? I want to play master of orion but game need a litle more CPU powr and i cant change it in emulator. Any advice?
  3/15/2011 5:25:00 PM - Calmchaos Its been YEARS and this game still ROCKS!!
  2/24/2011 9:55:00 AM - Daf I don't know how many times I've lost the manual and had to guess at the security questions. There are a few that I remember but dang it's been a long time. I love this game. Always have since the first day I saw it. Moo2 v 1.32 is fantastic as well but it just doesn't have the same flavor as 1. I am soooooo glad to find this site with the manual. Thanks Tons.
  11/18/2010 4:43:00 PM - Damien Curtis I am in awe of this website It is a wonderful service. I second Jim croppers comment. As to the effectiveness of the adds on the site. I am going to the transiberian orchestra this November.
  10/5/2010 3:28:00 PM - acecairo Greatest turn based strategy game I have ever played.
  8/25/2010 2:40:00 PM - fri should offer copy-r-p for this game and others. GREAT SITE!,
  7/22/2010 5:53:00 PM - Jim Cropper I played this game for years and thought it was lost to me, thank you for this site.
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