Currently available on Steam as an early access title, Master of Orion is a reboot of the popular 1993 sci-fi strategy game of the same name, which was credited as being the father of turn-based strategy games, and even coined the term 4X. For those of you new to the genre, 4X games stand for eXplore, eXpand, eXploit and eXterminate.
The aim of Master of Orion is to lead your race on an interstellar journey for total control of the known galaxy. This can be achieved through diplomacy, technological advancements, conquest, exploration and colonisation.
As is to be expected with a rebooted game, Master of Orion sports impressive graphics and AI, but perhaps a standout feature is the clean and user-friendly UI that Wargaming has introduced to the game. Like all 4X games, Master of Orion requires a lot of micromanagement. Giving commands to a fleet of ships that are scattered throughout the galaxy, as well as trying to keep multiple colonies under control is no easy task, but is made so much easier by the game’s modern UI. Here, you can bring up an overview of your inhabited planets, which will let you see important information, such as how much revenue each colony is earning for your empire, what is being produced, and if any workers are on strike.