I first played Millenium 2.2 on a wet dreary Sunday afternoon many years ago. You know what it's like when you know you have school the following day and you haven't done your homework! I popped the disk in the machine and the game came on showing an orbital view of the Earth in its final few moments of life backed by some very dramatic music.....at that point I was hooked and had become one of the last humans alive.
You take the role of a base commander and one of the last of the humans in the galaxy, all life on Earth has died and it is up to you to repopulate the world.
There is only one tiny, little snag and that is that you are stranded on the moon with little energy, poor living conditions and little resources. Fortunately you have a research facility to help develop all those little things that your society has forgotten and you are really going to need them if you want to get off the moon.
After researching pretty much everything you finally realise its time to build yourself some spaceships and do a little first hand searching of the solar system but it is then that the problems start and the game becomes a strategy of war. What you then have is a race against the clock to colonise various moons and planets in the solar system and gather resources that your
colony can use before your base comes under serious attack.
Resources from the different planets have to be carefully managed as they can take months to reach the moon and demand can be quite high if you want to get your feet on terrafirma again!
The gameplay is excellent, but there is just one fault with the game and that is the very poor fighter sub-game which is necessary to do every so often to defend your base. If you don't have a joystick it becomes a case of trying to control your ship more than shoot the enemy. Plus the graphics used for the sub game don't match in with the graphics of the rest of the game it's quite a relief when you have built the orbital lasers.
The graphics on the whole are pretty good and the beeping sounds of the space station can become a little irritating, but this is more than compensated for by the excellent gameplay that has a little something for all strategists and leaves you hooked and hungry for more. Suffice to say I didn't hand in that homework on time!