Dune (a.k.a. Arrakis) is the only planet that contains Spice. Spice enables Guild Navigators to "fold" space to make spacecraft travel possible without moving. For humans who consume it regularly, Spice prolongs life for hundreds of years. Consequently, whoever controls the Spice controls the universe.
Virgin Games gives you the opportunity to control the universe in Dune: The Battle for Arrakis. In this overhead-view strategy game, you command an army in a campaign to destroy your enemies and become Ruler of Arrakis.
Building Sand Castles
You play Dune as the ruler of one of three noble Houses. Part of the fun and much of the strategy comes from improving this arid world. For example, you must build military installations from the ground up by laying foundations, installing power plants, and so on. Since you have a limited budget, you must harvest Spice and sell it for credits to continue building structures and weapons.
Meanwhile, your enemies are plotting your demise.
The political intrigue adds spice to the Spice. You must play through several military campaigns, which get progressively harder. You get various ground troops, including Dune's guerilla fighters -- the famous Fremen. Motorized armaments range from Trikes to Sonic Tanks, and your weapon choices grow as you win campaigns.
The controls in Dune are fluid. You pick your force, and then click on the enemy you wish to attack. Battles are fought in real time, too.
- Build a Space Port as soon as possible, and start buying weapons at premium rates.
- If this oversize, fish bait becomes a pest, shoot it. You won't destroy it, but you can at least drive it away.
- As soon as you get an Outpost up and running, send out a scout vehicle to explore the region for both enemy units and Spice.
- In your first two campaigns, you only need to earn a specific number of credits. You must erect just one Power Plant, one Spice Refinery, one Spice Silo, and one Outpost. The less you build, the quicker you'll reach your credit target.
- Before entering an enemy compound, be sure to take out any gun or rocket turrets.
Cool Sights and Hot Sounds
The sound effects and music in Dune are outstanding. The tunes set the mood for the various campaigns, plus distinct sound effects and digitized speech add character to the game.
Visually, Dune is no stunner, but you can easily recognize every unit and building. The one thing that dampens the fun is slowdown when multiple units move on the screen together.
Spice up your Life
Dune is a great exercise for your brain. Even though this is a strategy game, nonstop action is the norm. If you aspire to conquer a planet, have some hot fun in the sun with Dune.
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