Homeworld Re­mas­tered

An epic jour­ney that’s worth the risks

Mac Format - - RATED -

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

Hugely at­mo­spheric

Re­mas­tered and orig­i­nal games

No mul­ti­player

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