Title Supremacy Game Type Management Sim Company Probe/Virgin Mastertronic Players 1 HD Installable Yes (With Patch) Compatibility All (With Patch) Submission Adrian Simpson Profiled Reviewer Review Supremacy is essentially chess in space, and is a conflict in which you must gain control of an entire solar system. You and your enemy start at opposite ends of the this solar system, on your home planets. The chessboard squares are individual planets and your pieces are the space ships and the troops that they carry. However, this isn't quite the full story, as you have a lot more to think about. The game is well designed, with a central screen leading on to a number of other screens, each for a different aspect of your society. You can return to the main screen by clicking the right mouse button, which is easy and fast. The first screen gives you general information about your planets and allows you to change the tax rate. As usual, the tax rate is important - if it is too high, then the people will be unhappy and desert the planet, but if it is too low, then you will not get much cash. The next is for buying spaceships, and has a selection of craft that can be used to create food, minerals and fuels. There are also cargo and troop carrying ships, in addition to these a solar energy producing satellite and a planet terraformer exist. The terraformer is important, as it will turn the solar system's dead planets into habitable systems. This also marks the planet as your own. Other screens deal with ship navigation, training and utilising the army, supplies and planet resources. Good management of all your resources will ensure that your planets are healthy and that you hit the enemy with the maximum firepower. If you are doing well, you will gradually take over the whole solar system, culminating in the battle for the enemy's home planet. There are a different number of planets in the system, depending on the difficulty level and the first system, with eight planets, is not much of a problem. However, the fourth and hardest level of play can be very taxing! The planets are viewed in a neat little spinning solar system display, which also has a silhouette of a face behind it. The brighter that this face is, the more the enemy is winning! A criticism that has been directed at Supremacy is that it is like a spreadsheet with pretty graphics, as the game has a lot of numbers to it. This has some truth to it and most of the action is left to the imagination. You send a number of troops to a planet to do battle with the enemy, but do not see the carnage and must assume that they are fighting away. This might put some gamers off, but the game is really about management of resources, and not about flying spaceships or taking part in battles. You set up conflicts, but do not have any direct control. However, someone at Lucasarts certainly thought that this resource management was a good idea and released a very similar game on the PC years after Supremacy. The name of the game? Star Wars: Supremacy!