Space 1889

DOS game, 1990

Genre:
RPG
Year:
1990
Developer:
Paragon Software
Publisher:
Paragon Software
Perspective:
Top-down
Theme:
Sci-Fi / Futuristic, Space, Steampunk

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This game is based on the tabletop role-playing game of the same name created by Frank Chadwick, which presents an alternate history where the technological marvels of the late 19th century blend with space exploration. In Space 1889, players are transported to a universe where space travel has been made possible by the discovery of a new element, "liftwood," which defies gravity. The game's setting is a fantastical version of the solar system in the late 1800s, where the great powers of Earth - primarily the British Empire - have extended their reach to other planets. This setting combines the charm of Victorian aesthetics with the wonder of space exploration, creating a unique and captivating world.

Players take on the role of a spaceship captain, navigating through this alternate solar system. The game involves traveling between different planets, each rendered with its own distinct environment and civilization. These planets, including Mars and Venus, are portrayed with a blend of scientific speculation and fantasy elements characteristic of the period's literature.

Players engage in dialogue with various characters, gather information, and solve puzzles to advance the story. Strategic thinking is required when managing resources, navigating the spaceship, and dealing with potential conflicts. The game also incorporates elements of diplomacy, as players interact with different colonial powers and indigenous populations.

The game's narrative is one of its strong points, offering an engaging story that immerses players in its alternate history universe. The plot is enriched with references to the politics, culture, and scientific theories of the 19th century, adding layers of realism to the fantastical setting.

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