Mac – 1997
|Alt names||魔星大戰略, XenoSphere, Deadlock: Planetarische Eroberung, Deadlock: La Conquista Del Pianeta, Deadlock: Conquista Planetária, デッドロック|
|Theme||4X, Managerial, Sci-Fi / Futuristic, Turn-based|
|Perspective||Isometric, Bird’s-eye view|
|Released in||United States|
Description of Deadlock: Planetary Conquest
Back in 1996 good old Accolade, now sadly gone, released Deadlock: Planetary Conquest. The game is a turn-based Civilization-type sim. Your choice of human and alien species make a landing on a wide-open planet for colonization. Ultimately only one single conqueror will survive. The game lets you pick your race out of a choice of several. All have strengths and weakness such as high population or economic growth, ability to commune with nature (e.g. grow food resources) and even a complete lack of emotions. All races seem to have landed on the planet without any advanced technology at-hand. In the game you must develop your technology, war machines and society quickly or suffer the war-wrath of your competitors. You can also be brought down by poor leadership including scandals and shady dealings. The in-game battles are fought with you looking down from above on entertaining, cartoony sequences. Deadlock also allows you tinker with many other settings to change-up the scenario. You can add more competing races, change the “Win” conditions, or set the AI to ridiculously unbeatable levels. These features are handy if you want to play a nice short game or instead one that takes several days of arduous, creeping gains and loses. Deadlock was not a widely popular game upon release. However, its brainy and colorful thrills found a niche-following large enough to merit a sequel: Deadlock II: The Shrine Wars. Despite the age of this game it has a still active fan site with a forum at http://www.galliusiv.com/ Here on myabandonware.com we have a version for pre-OSX old-school Macs. Versions for PC are available online on outlets such as Steam. Surprisingly, twenty-two years after the initial release, this game is still distributed at the retail level in classic-era gaming packages too. Although some folks might not “get” it, if you do, Deadlock is a fun, nerdy game you will return to over and over again.
Review By Steve Walsh, March 2018
Buy Deadlock: Planetary Conquest
Deadlock: Planetary Conquest is available for a small price on the following websites, and is no longer abandonware. You can read our online store guide.
Various files to help you run Deadlock: Planetary Conquest, apply patchs, fixes, maps or miscellaneous utilities.