Forge an empire to span a universe. Colonise unknown planets and trade with other races for their knowledge. Conquer alien star systems by war or diplomacy to secure their resources. Only then can you guarantee your galactic supremacy. Multiple game settings let you select such factors as your adversaries' intelligence, the size and age of the galaxy, and the level of civilization. There are multiplayer options for up to eight players. You can play using modems, a network, a hot seat, or TCP/IP. The game also includes 13 pre-designed races, each with its own abilities, and the means to create your own.
Explore and colonize uncharted planets, or take over one of your enemies'
Assign careers, maintain population morale, and construct buildings
Choose between strategic or tactical combat
Research more than 200 technologies, or trade with other races for theirs
Select factors such as your foes' intelligence and the size of the galaxy