ORB: Off-World Resource Base

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ORB, which is short for Off-World Resource Base, is a hardcore RTS game that pits the forces of two races against each other in a desperate struggle for domination across dozens of worlds and solar-systems in an effort to control the resources they need in order to expand their empire.

In what is a remarkably free-roaming game, players can extract resources from asteroid belts to expand fleets, research new technologies to upgrade existing ships, build new models, capture enemy ships and steal technology to open up new research branches. The hard part is deciding what to do and when, and that's where the strategy comes in.

Gameplay in some respects is complicated, though training missions will teach you the basics of space colonisation. There's a lot of pointing and clicking to be done as you select single units or groups of units and assign them to varying tasks. Your ability to command troops and expand your resources will grow with practice, just give it time.

ORB is undoubtedly a work of art. Despite environments being space-based, there's all manner of planets, moons and colourful nebulas contributing to ORB's visual splendour, and on-screen units and weapons fire are equally spectacular.

Customer reviews


Great with Limtations

caspica | June 16, 2013 | See all caspica's reviews »

ORB is marketed to be a hardcore RTS and that is indeed, arguably. Some of the more hardcore gamers will still object to a gameplay system that could be, whilst still advanced, more complex. That aside the game the game can still boast with quite fantastic graphics all across the board, from the ships to the asteroids to the nebulae clouds, given it's a near decade ORB released. The mechanics of the game, as I mentioned earlier, are great - although I should give a warning for the repetetive nature of it - to those looking for a challenge but it's not The Hardcore Space RTS we've all been looking for. The game is still fun though in places and I can definitely recommend it to any one remotely interested in a rather cheap space or RTS's.


Fairly good

jeyko | Aug. 12, 2012 | See all jeyko's reviews »

ORB is a fun space RTS game. There are two races which fight against eachother for resources. The thing is - it's kind of boring. The gameplay is repetitive and consists of you just repeating the same stuff. The graphics are okay, but that's it. If you are looking for a cheap and fun space sim, ORB is not a bad choice