An epic journey that’s worth the risks
Strategy games aren’t known for their tearjerking qualities. This one’s the exception. You float above what remains of your broken planet, sombre classical music in the background, trying to salvage scraps of civilisation. At the other end of the galaxy, a new home awaits, but only if you can get your mothership past the alien armies trying to keep you in your place. Rarely has the fate of a fictional species carried so much weight, or led to a more memorable journey.
Homeworld 1 and 2 are among the very few strategy games to treat space as 3D, with all the tactical possibilities that offers. The stock missions are made more interesting by allowing surviving ships and remaining resources to persist throughout the campaign. These new, remastered versions don’t meddle with anything that works.
The only catch is that the Mac App Store release lacks multiplayer. That’s coming in a later Steam edition, but you won’t get a free code to join in. Both games are arguably best in single-player mode, so it isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker, but it’s unfortunate to lose out – especially at this high price. Still, they remain excellent games many have admired but few have copied. This version adds just enough polish to keep turning heads even in its dotage. Richard Cobbett
A strategy classic that’s more than stood the test of time. Just be prepared for a hefty challenge.
The ‘spaghetti’ look of the ship trails has been copied, but was iconic in 1999.
Excellent space strategy
Remastered and original games