Ares 1.2.0 now includes Hera, a full-fledged scenario editor for Ares! Now you can modify Ares' built in scenarios, play scenarios made by other Ares fans, or even create your own custom scenarios for Ares! The universe is limited only by your imagination! Oh, and did we mention that this upgrade (as well as Hera) is entirely FREE for registered users of Ares?
Your speech is interrupted by the sound of ships slowing from super-light speeds. It is a wing of Gaitori cruisers, and they've stopped right in the middle of your fleet! The night sky is lit up with the rays from 30 of your ships' photokinetic beam cannons. Half of the intruders leave just as quickly as they came; the others now bear a striking resemblance to space debris. Fragments of Gaitori's finest technology pelt your windshield, reminding you of hailstorms back on Earth.
Ares is an exciting blend of action and strategy in uncharted space. Use your ships to control and protect planets, increase your manufacturing capacity, and fuel your war machine. A shrewd pilot with limited resources can decisively outwit a stronger opponent, so planning and execution are critical. Strategy outmatches guns any day in this game.
Start with simple patrol missions, and work your way up to planetary invasions. Capture and hold strategic points, or your victory will be more costly! Send a swarm of ships to engulf the enemy, or sacrifice a lone fighter to draw them into a trap! No technique is too unconventional in your quest to recapture your home planet.
Ares' developer, Nathan Lamont, has crafted an exciting universe with 20 strategic missions for a single player to accomplish. But the fun doesn't stop there! Two players can go head-to-head via AppleTalk or the Internet. Ares even sports integration with Scott Kevill's GameRanger service, so finding an opponent should be a snap.
Another new feature is the addition of three in-depth tutorial levels to ease you into the commander's chair, explain basic tactics, and teach game controls. Absorb the knowledge, and use it to spank the oppressors. Ignore it, and go home disintegrated.
Put on your thinking caps and massage that trigger finger! You'll need to use both in order to trounce the Cantharans!
Ares is, all in all, a very fun game. Sure, it's a little outdated, the interface is clumsy at times and the single player campaign is a bit short; but few modern games, for all their 3D graphics and complicated storylines can compete with Ares for sheer fun. The first time you successfully execute a complicated strategic maneuver while fending off a swarm of hostile cruisers, or slip a cloaked transport through a blockade to capture a friend's base, all the little frustrations will melt away.
Any color-capable Macintosh, PowerPC recommended. This product is not OS X compatible.
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