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Pining for a Turn Based 4X

01-26-2011, 01:02 PM
#1
Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 43
Pining for a Turn Based 4X

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Originally Posted by Wikipedia
4X games are a genre of strategy video game in which players control an empire and "explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate".
I used to play Spaceward Ho endlessly but I can't find anything on iOS to scratch that itch. DemoCrytus seemed promising but it seems to have died on the vine. Empire of the Eclipse (due in March) will be interesting but apparently won't include a single player campaign. I've played Rogue Planet, The Settlers, Space Miner, Wesnoth and others but none of them seem to capture that classic turn-based 4X mechanic.

Any suggestions? TIA!
01-26-2011, 02:11 PM
#2
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 268
Didn't Ascendancy just come out?

Also, off topic but something I've always wondered about - anyone know why the genre is named "4X" and not "4E"? I mean, all of the words start with the letters "EX..." but the genre is named for the second letter in each word and not the first.

Anyway - good topic.

01-26-2011, 02:21 PM
#3
Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 43
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Originally Posted by Andiron View Post
Didn't Ascendancy just come out?
Holy cow!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOXxR5FiWYc

Eight bucks is a little steep but this definitely looks like one to watch. Thanks!

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Also, off topic but something I've always wondered about - anyone know why the genre is named "4X" and not "4E"? I mean, all of the words start with the letters "EX..." but the genre is named for the second letter in each word and not the first.
Quote:
Originally Posted by wikipedia
The term "4X" originates from a 1993 preview of Master of Orion in Computer Gaming World by Alan Emrich, in which he rated the game "XXXX" as a pun on the XXX rating for pornography.
01-26-2011, 02:23 PM
#4
Joined: Oct 2010
Posts: 268
Ah! I should have known Wikipedia would have held my answer. Thanks...
01-26-2011, 04:55 PM
#5
Civilization Revolution?
01-26-2011, 05:50 PM
#6
Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 43
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Originally Posted by js1210 View Post
Civilization Revolution?
Love love love it on my PS3. For some reason the lite version of the iOS port left me cold.
01-28-2011, 05:57 PM
#7
Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 15
They were supposed to be porting Spaceward Ho to the iPhone, but looks like the project changed developers. I'm still hoping it'll happen, though. Here's some stuff I dug up on the internet...



http://deltatao.com/deltajoe/?p=432

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Mine Shaft and Delta Tao are pleased to announce that we are in the process of converting the popular Delta Tao game Spaceward Ho! for the iPhone. Spaceward Ho! has a legions of loyal devotees many of whom have inquired about its availability for the iPhone platform. We are busy here at Mine Shaft working on this project and will provide updates about the coming availability of Spaceward Ho! to the App Store near you.
supposed developers site

My email to the developers and their response:
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We handed off the project to another group as we were occupied with other work. I am not sure where they are in the process.

[Beric] wrote:

>Mr Adam,
>
>About a year ago you said on your website that you were converting SpaceWard Ho!
>to the iPhone. I've been anxiously awaiting release, but I've seen no news on
>the internet other than a brief screenshot on Joe at Delta Tao's blog. As an
>avid player of the Mac OS X version, I would love a release on the iPhone, this
>game being one of my all-time favorite 4X games. Has the project been canceled?
>Or will it be out soon?
>
>Thanks a lot for your help,
>[Beric]