Space Rangers 2 review

  • Unfettered detail-rich exploration
  • Ferociously shrewd AI
  • Batty, genre-spanning mini-games
  • Text-heavy tutorial
  • Low-locked, 1024x768 resolution
  • No multiplayer

But that’s just teasing the surface. Digging into Space Rangers 2 works a bit like watching Mel Brooks toss salad in a bunny suit, and “ridiculous” rates a compliment for a change when it comes to describing all the doodads you can monkey with. See that black hole? It's a real-time arcade-with-arrow-keys game lying in ambush, and means bonus items you can use on your ship if you win. Bored with space? Zip down planet-side and squeeze out units to grab and hold hot spots in real-time 3-D land brawls. You’ll say we're exaggerating, but you can even run your own ski resort: it takes a cool million to win. Even get your Zork -on by completing wacky text adventures that crop up and - if played well - yield hard parts for your geared-out space rig.

Sure, it looks a little yesterday visually, but you don’t play Space Rangers 2 to sit on message boards bragging about your latest pimp-mapped frag-a-thons. Where else can you go full-viral with the space disease “Chekumash” and hallucinate Death Stars and Babylon 5 space stations? Go to jail and wile away the hours racing cockroaches? Peruse the galactic market and play up real estate? For only 30 bucks MSRP?

More Info

Release date: Mar 27 2006 - PC (US)
Mar 27 2006 - PC (UK)
Available Platforms: PC
Genre: Strategy
Published by: Cinemaware Marquee
Developed by: Elemental Games
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Alcohol Reference, Fantasy Violence, Language

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