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Thursday, January 25, 2001
Earth 2140: How To Play
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The release of a demo of the Mac port of Earth 2140 by Epic Interactive was a big success, with over 1000 downloads in the first 12 hours. However, the first version of the demo archive had a critical omission -- it came without instructions! Accordingly, some very puzzled gamers voiced their complaints on MGF's user reviews and in the IMG forums.

Thankfully Epic came through and forwarded us the instructions, which we have made available as a separate download so that those who grabbed the demo right away do not have to download it again. If you have yet to grab the demo, it now includes the instruction sheet with details on how to play the game.

If you are curious about the history of this game, it was originally developed by TopWare in 1997, which makes it a contemporary with the first Command and Conquer from Westwood. The first RTS to feature 16-bit graphics, Earth 2140 also featured remarkable pathfinding and solid online play; in fact there are still twice-weekly tournament games hosted by TopWare staff. If you're curious as to why this game runs so darn fast on your Mac, it was originally designed with a target system of a Pentium (one!) and 16 MB of RAM -- oh yes, and DOS.

For a quick primer on the game (if you're too busy to read the instructions) here are the secrets to play:

Build a power plant first by control-clicking on your first building and selecting power plant. A strange-looking vehicle will appear. Move this to a clear location (no red areas displayed around it when selected) and then command-click it to start construction. Once this is complete you will have a large number of other structure types you can build available at your primary factory. Building a research center will give you details on enemy movement.

To gain money, build a Refinery and a Mine; mines can only be built on the areas of the terrain that show up as yellow on the overhead map. Once both are built, build a Bantha, click on it, and then click on the mine; it will take the ore to the refinery.

If you're a bit underwhelmed by this now-classic title, have no fear; Epic's next port will be Earth 2150, a true-3D sequel by TopWare which won wide acclaim. Unfortunately the official site for this game has been replaced with a teaser site for the sequel, known as The Moon Project, but we have linked to an old preview of the title to give you an overview of what to expect.

Epic Interactive
Earth 2140 Demo Instructions (see second link)
Earth 2150 Preview at Gamecenter
Earth 2140
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