Third party DRM: SteamThis game requires a free Steam account to play.
Please Note: This is an Early Access Title
Horizon is now in the Beta phase!
From the developers:
"Horizon is currently in an advanced Alpha stage with most of its features in-play but not yet finished. This means the game will continue to be improved and updated on a regular basis with bug fixes, balance tuning, AI improvements, as well as additional content.
By purchasing early you will be among the first to play Horizon and be able to contribute to its development by providing us your feedback and suggestions. We will be active in the community and regularly seek your input to help us shape the final game!
During the Early Access period, Horizon is available for purchase at a reduced price point, gradually increasing until the full release. So you can get the game now at a lower price than if you get it later, all the while supporting the development of Horizon.
Once you purchase the game, we invite you to register over at http://forum.horizongame.com to join our community and so we can also give special thanks by adding your name in the game credits as an early access supporter."
Horizon is a turn-based space strategy game of galactic exploration and conquest in which you are in control of humanity’s destiny.
You will explore deep space, find new frontiers and discover alien artifacts hidden on long-abandoned planets. You will also learn more about the galaxy as you come into contact with ten other species, each with their own unique culture, history and schemes.
A fully interactive galaxy allows you to navigate open space between stars and planets. Patrol your borders and, when the need arises, defend your territory by engaging in ship-to-ship tactical combat. Develop new colonies and then watch them become galactic centers for trade, industry and science - and of course military bases, outposts and shipyards to build your battle ships. Push your empire to its limits and go beyond the known horizon!
Advanced turn-based tactical combat which many 4X fans have been requesting for years Full Tactical ship control includes managing movement, weapons and more. Board other ships, attack from planetary and orbital defenses
A Distinct open world system, where ships can explore without artificial limits and where combat can span many turns before concluding
Interact with alien races of different levels, including ancient civilizations featuring their own unique storyline, schemes, ships and technology
An immersive galaxy storyline with open-ended missions that add another layer of gameplay over classic 4x mode which is also available
Engage in meaningful diplomacy choices that will impact the game outcome, includes coordinated actions with your allies against your enemies
Discover more than 80 technologies each with 10 levels of upgrades. Conduct planetary surveys and dig for artifacts
Design and customize your ships’ weapons and systems based on available technology A detailed economy and colony management system with different types and levels of colonies based on your build choices
Play in different galaxy configurations from a few dozen stars to over a hundred star systems containing more than a thousand planets
Still unfinished 4X gamemahon | Aug. 11, 2013 | See all mahon's reviews »
Bear in mind we're not reviewing a finished product here, but what is presented to us at the moment. Horizon is not completely done now, and the authors offered us a chance to access it even before the official release if we purchase it before the game's premiere (the game offers so called 'early access').
If you are a fan of space 4X-type games, you may like Horizon. If you're not too much into the genre, you might better try another game to convince yourself how interesting 4X games can be. While some of this game's aspects look unfinished for the obvious reason that the game is not finished yet, the overall picture we're getting here is that Horizon is going to be just another game of its genre - not a bad one and not a brilliant one, too. For a fan of the genre it may be a must to have and to play, while for others it is just one of possible choices. I wish the authors all the feedback they may get, as I always applaud these who grant early access to their games.