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Apollo4x

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Apollo4x is a game of transporting 5 resources between planets, and you have limited fuel to do so. It's a bit puzzle, a bit resource management, and some tycoon strategy. There are no build queues, and you are having meaningful interaction with your economy every single turn. There are no "other players" to compete against, but we've instead used a "time pressure" type enemy that consumes planets as it spreads across the map - because a fun game needs a challenge component, and we find symmetric AI opponents problematic in other games, so this was the best solution. Difficulty is fully in your control, and ranges from zero-challenge to something the creators can't beat, so you'll find your own best settings with experience.

Apollo4x has "4X" in the title, but this is not an indicator that we've made a "traditional formula" title like Master of Orion, or the games that follow that economic and combat model. Steam has a multitude of games that do, and do it so well that there's no point in us making a competitor to them.

The Idea
What we did is toss out the economic model of exploring a hidden map, having AI opponents that attempt to play the same game as the player (because they generally fail, and obviously cheat) and long build queues where you just hit "next turn" 100 times before anything significant happens. Rather than have you build a navy of spaceships and militarily conquer other simulated players, we made more of a tycoon puzzle economy. Each planet has three "exports" and you put two "imports" on them. Money is made by matching exports on one planet to imports on another, with the limitation of fuel availability, which is dependent on how upgraded each planet is.

The Enemy
Since we don't have simulated players to compete against, we decided on using a "creeping doom" style opponent. The enemy spreads out organically from their homeworld(s) at a pace you determine in the difficulty settings. You can, and will have to, slow their spread and defend your own planets from this steadily encroaching threat. Each enemy colony adds +1 army to their homeworld defense, so the player is encouraged to keep the enemy from growing into an impossible strength and speed of expansion by "pruning" their colonies. If your chosen win condition is to cleanse the galaxy of them entirely, you'll have to weaken them first through attrition.

Combat
We went out of the 4X realm and built in a tactical card game inspired in part by some of our favorite tabletop combat games. Morale, combined arms, and multiple possible tactics for each of the very unique units to choose from every turn. Four different enemy clans to battle, based on the four horsemen - death, war, pestilence and famine. Each has an entirely different set of units and tactics and requires a completely different battle plan to beat. War fights with brute force, while pestilence attacks with morale crushing horror weapons, and death gave up their bodies for machines and now are the unliving reapers. Currently there is no space combat or fleet building, being instead like Starship Troopers where your troops are "dropped in" and just fight the ground war. This is to keep things simple and not have two different combat systems in a game that's primarily a trading puzzle - but if Apollo4X does well, it's on the list for whatever sequel we make.

Winning
Winning the game is accomplished by either economic or military means. You can kill all the enemy homeworlds. Alternately, stockpile 300 of each market resource, or upgrade your colonies to produce a cumulative 500 "stellar network" points and colonize 20 planets. Military, economic, or expansion victory is your choice.

Game Difficulty
Finally, we allowed you maximum choice of difficulty. Tailor the game to your needs, so you feel challenged but not overwhelmed. If you think the economy could be more resistive, turn it up. If you want to not worry about enemy expansion you can weaken them, start them with less colonies, or lower rate of expansion. Or, if you really like the combat game, set the economy to easy and add all four enemy types to the map at maximum strength -- good luck with that, though. If you want to go fully casual, we even allow you to turn off economic failure, and have unlimited funds to experiment with. We, as players ourselves, lose interest in games that are too hard or too easy, so it seemed important to give the player full control of it. Since most people want to play on "average", we'll be listening to feedback about which difficulty settings are most popular and adjust the "average" levels to those trends down the road a bit.

We dared to be different in a genre full of excellent but too similar titles. If different is what you need, this is it.
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Release date
May 5, 2015
Developer
Digital Entertainment
Publisher
Digital Entertainment
Age rating
Not rated
Website
http://www.apollo4x.com

System requirements for PC

Minimum:
  • OS: Windows XP
  • Processor: 2.0 Ghz
  • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX Compatible
  • DirectX: Version 9.0
  • Storage: 200 MB available space
Recommended:
  • OS: Windows XP
  • Processor: 2.0 Ghz
  • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX Compatible
  • DirectX: Version 9.0
  • Storage: 200 MB available space
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Apollo4x reviews and comments

Translated by
Microsoft from Russian
I always give games a chance and if I can not understand them immediately I send in-"Long box", but this time I immediately decided to do more to this game never come back. Before US space casual trading strategy with elements of card game. So, before the start we are given to dig into the settings of the starting world and immediately throw on the space map, where we have to start the path to victory. There is no training, except for meager hints, there is no need to be left the most (thanks though there is a guide (in English) in the manuals from the player who collected the world on the thread all the information on the game). The Economic side of the game to fully feel I had neither strength nor desire. The Combat system in the game is quite interesting (in the form of card fights), but again it needs to understand itself and it is not perfect. I Do not know who this game is honestly needed, even if it was entirely on the Russian and were Russian gaydy, then it would be very difficult to understand it and all for what? For a casual strategy in which content with Gulkin nose? Developers should be ashamed to be so halturat, hiding behind the phrase-a difficult game. I do not put the game any rating, because did not pass it, but I certainly can not recommend. Maybe you'll like it and tighten it up? I will be glad... That didn't happen To me.
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Microsoft from Russian
Impressions of the game: I always give games a chance and if I can not understand them immediately I send in-"Long box", but this time I immediately decided to do more to this game never return. Before US space casual trading strategy with elements of card game. So, before the start we are given to dig into the settings of the starting world and immediately throw on the space map, where we have to start the path to victory. There is no training, except for meager hints, there is no need to be left the most (thanks though there is a guide (in English) in the manuals from the player who collected the world on the thread all the information on the game). The Economic side of the game to fully feel I had neither strength nor desire. The Combat system in the game is quite interesting (in the form of card fights), but again it needs to understand itself and it is not perfect. I Do not know who this game is honestly needed, even if it was entirely on the Russian and were Russian gaydy, then it would be very difficult to understand it and all for what? For a casual strategy in which content with Gulkin nose? Developers should be ashamed to be so halturat, hiding behind the phrase-a difficult game. I do not put the game any rating, because did not pass it, but I certainly can not recommend. Maybe you'll like it and tighten it up? I will be glad... That didn't happen To me. Afternews: If You liked this review welcome to the group http://steamcommunity.com/groups/uojer-here you can see the recommended games, other reviews, as well as just chat in good company.
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