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Metacritic: 79/100
Release: Nov 2005
Reviewed on: PC

Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space

Site Score
7.0
Good: Plenty of variety – Fast real time battles
Bad: Little direction
User Score
7.6
(9 votes)
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Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space is a rogue-like style space experience with trading, battles and plenty of exploration. The game aims to keep each adventure to under an hour (most won’t even last anywhere near that) so there isn’t a huge time commitment required.

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Every time you start a game an entire universe will be randomly generated for players to explore. With planets, patrols, items, black holes, nebulae, traders and all sorts of other random events there is a huge replay factor to this space adventure.

Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space offers three ship choices that each have their own strengths and weaknesses. For example players may opt for the science spacecraft with significant cargo space but few combat capabilities or go for the military craft instead that brings powerful weapons and armour into the equation but at the cost of space, while the third pirate class ship falls somewhere in between.

Other customisation options at this point include choosing the map size, the nebula mass (which greatly slows your movement) and the strength of enemies that you encounter. While the options are simple they do give you enough control over the difficultly of the game to let you create an appropriate difficultly curve for yourself.

Once in the game players will find themselves in the Glory sector of the universe and move from planet to planet by simple selecting your intended destination. Once you’ve arrived at your destination you’ll get information about what is at that location and either enter talks with the inhabitants, trade items or enter into combat.

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Combat is done in real time which makes it fairly fast but does take away some of the strategy at the same time. It quickly can become very hectic though especially when you find other ships willing to join your adventure and have to control the action of two or three ships. This can lead to less than optimal use of your ships which makes the Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space more reliant on your ships items than intended.

For short game bursts Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space is a real hit and suited perfectly to the mobile department.

Summary:

  • Explore a randomised galaxy full of events, merchants and battle.
  • 3 different ships to choose from.
  • Recruit other ships for your journey.
  • Real time combat.
  • Plenty of item variety and a unique barter system.

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Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space, 7.6 out of 10 based on 9 ratings

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