Master of Orion II - Battle at Antares

Moo2 Box

Lord Brazen's Game Review

Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares is an epic turn-based fantasy strategy game which was first released way back in 1997. For those that enjoy games that are focused on tactics, strategy, and diplomacy, Master of Orion II is a good place to start.

Whether in the thick of battle or viewing a cut scene, the visuals were pretty impressive for its day. The 640x480 screen resolution is a little limited by today`s standards, but the implementation works well and it gives plenty of life to this classic series.

The basic premises of the game are to create an empire, develop technology, and eventually build an invasion fleet against rivals who are seeking to do the same.

Master of Orion II offers game play against up to 7 opponents. The game has excellent multiplayer support with hot seat, modem, serial link, and LAN games. You can choose any combination of human or AI opponents.

There are thirteen standard races to choose from but most veteran players design a custom race. There is a large array of race customization options available allowing players to customize their race to match their playing style.... FULL REVIEW

August 05, 2013

I have re-enabled new user registration on the forum today.  Most of the bots that plague our forum have been blocked.

July 31, 2013

Forum new user registration temporarily disabled.

Due to recent spam attacks on our forum, I have disabled new user registration. I will re-enable it once I have recoded the registration form to block the spam bots that have been plaguing us for a while now.

June 08, 2010

Orion II 1.40b24 patcher source code

Today I am posting the patcher (the program that applies the patch) source code. A number of people have requested the source code in order to make their own patches. It is located in the downloads section here.

May 22, 2010

Updated patcher Moo2v140b24

Today I posted a new version of the patch. This build does not add any new fixes to the game however. It simply fixes some minor issues with the exe that applies the patch to the game.

The new patcher can now be run in DOS or DOSbox directly. You no longer need to run from the windows command prompt. This should allow the patch to be applied on any system with DOSbox (such as Linux and Mac OS users).

I actually built this version of the patch back in 2008 however never released it.

March 11, 2007

DOSBox 0.70 is now available.

A new release of DOSBox is out. It offers improved performance over the previous release. The new auto CPU core really works well with Moo2.

Here is my dosbox.conf file. The highlighted items are the ones I changed for performance and sound.


[sdl]
fullscreen=false
fulldouble=false
fullresolution=original
windowresolution=original
output=overlay
autolock=true
sensitivity=100
waitonerror=true
priority=higher,normal
mapperfile=mapper.txt

[dosbox]
language=
machine=vga
captures=capture
memsize=16

[render]
frameskip=0
aspect=false
scaler=scan2x

[cpu]
core=auto
cycles=auto
cycleup=500
cycledown=20
timesynched=false

[mixer]
nosound=false
rate=22050
blocksize=2048
prebuffer=10

[midi]
mpu401=intelligent
device=default
mt32rate=22050
config=

[sblaster]
sbtype=sb16
sbbase=220
irq=7
dma=1
hdma=5

mixer=true
oplmode=auto
oplrate=22050

[gus]
gus=false
gusrate=22050
gusbase=240
irq1=5
irq2=5
dma1=3
dma2=3
ultradir=C:\ULTRASND

[speaker]
pcspeaker=true
pcrate=22050
tandy=auto
tandyrate=22050
disney=true

[joystick]
joysticktype=none
timed=true
autofire=false
swap34=false
buttonwrap=true

[serial]
serial1=dummy
serial2=dummy
serial3=disabled
serial4=disabled

[dos]
xms=true
ems=true
umb=true
keyboardlayout=none

[ipx]
# ipx -- Enable ipx over UDP/IP emulation.

ipx=true

[autoexec]
# Lines in this section will be run at startup.

mount c c:\mps\orion2\
c:

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