Explore. Expand. Exploit. Exterminate. The four “X”es of the genre that has spanned for years and across so many different settings. Fantasy, modern, science fiction, and everything conceivable in between have been covered by those four simple words. Some of the most fondly remembered games of all time come from this genre, as it provides such a quintessentially PC experience. So any time another 4X title comes out, it’s definitely worth attention. And that’s where Apollo4X from Digital Entertainment, recently released on Steam, comes into play.
For starters, Apollo4X is barely a 4X title. There’s minimal exploration, as nearly the entire galaxy is revealed and known to from the very beginning, and any development doesn’t feel like you’re expending and exploiting natural resources. You do expand, and there is some combat, but it all feels so tertiary and unimportant to raising numbers to reach the victory point conditions.
What Apollo4X is, however, is a trading empire simulator. The use of the term simulator is loose here, as it’s extremely simplified. Everything is built around chance, from the procedurally generated galaxy at the beginning, to the choice of corporations on the planets you …read more