Here’s an awesome game that I had almost forgotten about. If you’re partial to simulation type games, and are more about solid gameplay and strategy than eye-candy, this is right up your ally. Earth 2025 is a text-based online war-strategy game. Once you pick whether you want to play in a free-for-all, tournament setting, or alliance-based campaign, you’ll be given a bunch of turns, and dropped into the game’s interface. Basically, you will use your turns to allow time to pass by in your country. During this time, your country will develop according to how you’ve set the fund distribution. Once you’ve used all your turns, you’ll have to wait until the next day, when you’ll be given a small, set amount of turns. That’s a pretty huge simplification of a very deep system, though. You’ll have to pay attention to aspects of your country such as the military and industrial strengths (obviously), but you’ll also have to keep an eye on agriculture, and having goods to sell. The great thing about this game is that you don’t have to be a military power-house to be powerful. You can focus all of your resources on making food, for instance, and become filthy rich doing that.
Your goal in the game will be to attain a high rank. In every “season” of the game (May 1 – June 29 for example) there is a big board ranking every player. Keep in mind, there are thousands of people playing this game every season. You’ll be ranked according to your country’s networth. If you’re good enough at it, and develop your country properly, you’ll shoot up the ranks quickly, and the 2,000-4,000 ranked players will be quite envious of your newfound prowess. This, however, will quickly lead to you being attacked by those players! Alliances between players is greatly encouraged, and recommended for this reason.
This game has no real graphics involved at all. It’s all text. This means you don’t have to have a fancy system to run it! As far as music goes, you’ll have to supply your own. Personally, I think it’s better in this type of game to put on something of your own choosing anyways. Whatever storyline is there is pretty much irrelevant to the gameplay. If you like war strategy games, don’t be scared off by this game’s lack of bells and whistles. In my opinion, this actually adds to the game’s charm! I got totally hooked on this game and played in a few seasons solo before I went and joined a big alliance of countries. If you really get into the game, you’ll find yourself talking on some IM program with your teammates almost every day, discussing strategies and such.
If you’ve got some time to kill on the computer, and like war simulation games, head over to http://games.swirve.com/earth/ and sign up. It’s free, after all!