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Build a Space Empire in Facebook's Galaxy Online II

by: Brian Lamacraft ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 5/25/2012 • Leave a comment

Galaxy Online II takes you to space with a RTS browser-based war game. Create a city, build fleets, use technology and battle other Facebook users in a huge galaxy.

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    Game Basics

    Galaxy Online II   Galaxy Online II is a RTS game that takes place in space. Players develop their own planet with structures, build space fleets, use technologies, and hire commanders to fight for them. The game features multiple ships you can build complete with individual parts such as weapon system and shields. NPC instances are available where rewards such as blueprints for new ship types are offered as rewards. Galaxy Online II features animated graphics that is a big change from most games of this genre on Facebook.

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    Economy and Making Money

    Galaxy Online II   Galaxy Online II offers three main resources for shipbuilding and structures. Metal and gas are the two main resources while gold helps with research and shipbuilding. Resources gathered at a warehouse go into your account. With higher-level residences, gold reserves increase adding to your money supply. Players can trade ships and blueprints in the trade center for more gold. A space station also provides extra resources for the player. Overall, the economy is about the same as other browser-based games in this genre.

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    Technology

    Galaxy Online II features a whole host of different technologies with multiple levels. Players can research ballistic weapons, missiles, better mining yields, ship defenses, planet defenses, shipbuilding, and much more. Each technology has multiple levels and there’s enough here to keep you busy for a while.

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    Blueprints

    One nice part about the game is the ability to use blueprints to get new ships and weapons. While you can build some standard ships without them most high-level ships and weapons need blueprints. To obtain these you’ll need to play through instances which are controlled by NPCs. As you defeat the NPCS, you’ll win treasure boxes that may contain blueprints. There’s dozens of ships and weapon blueprints to collect for the ultimate fleet. Blueprints add a great deal of repeat game play and are a highlight of this game. It's always fun to get a new blueprint and put the ship or weapon to work in your fleet.

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    Ship Building

    Galaxy Online II   With Galaxy Online II, you can build your own customized ships for your fleet. Ships have a number of points to assign weapons and other systems. You’ll find frigates, cruisers, battleships, and more to build. As you design a ship, you can give it a name and then that blueprint is used to make that particular ship. If you don’t like the ship, the blueprint is easily removed from your shipyard and older ships that are already built can be turned into extra resources.

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    Game Play

    Galaxy Online II   Galaxy Online II has great game play with alliances or Corps. While you can play the game alone it is recommended that you join a Corp, which also helps you learn about the game. You can take quests in the game too to learn more about it. With the amount of ships, technology, weapons, and other components there’s great replay with Galaxy Online II. The animated combat system is great and fun to play.

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    Graphics and Sound

    Galaxy Online II features sound effects during battle and a nice soundtrack. The graphics during battle are basic but they are good for a Facebook game. You can see each ship formation firing into the enemy and the ships exploding. The structures on your planet change their look as they are upgraded too. Galaxy Online II is a nice change from the standard text based combat found on Facebook.

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    Multiplayer/Interface

    With the ability to join a team and have team-based combat the game has a great multiplayer feature. You’ll find individual leader boards as well as other rankings to see where you are in the game. A mail and chat system is present in the game for easy contacts as well as a Corp channel to discuss strategies with your team.

    Galaxy Online II has a standard Facebook game interface. The buttons at the bottom of the screen make it easy to use the menus in the game and everything is labeled well. The galaxy map is also well done and not confusing like other game sin this genre.

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    Conclusion

    Galaxy Online II is a great Facebook RTS game in the sci-fi genre. There’s enough content here to keep a player busy for a long time. There’s a huge technology tree to build from and great ships and weapons to construct with blueprints. The galaxy in the game is massive and overall the graphics and sound are good. Due to the amount of content there’s a bit of a learning curve but once you get playing you shouldn’t have any problems. Be sure to join a Corp to learn more about the game and have fun playing with other users.

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    References

    All images from Galaxy Online II.

    Source: Article is author's own experiences playing Galaxy Online II on Facebook.