Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. But Galactic Assault: Prisoner of Power is certainly worth a good look for the turn-based strategy fans out there, and for those wanting something a few steps from the mainstream market.
  2. An entertaining tactical puzzle game. If only there was more room for actual strategic manoeuvres and more alternative ways to complete the missions. [Oct 2007]
  3. The real problem with Galactic Assault: Prisoner of Power doesn't lie with its handholding and linearity; it's with its reluctance to really push any boundaries.
  4. A good grasp of tactics along with smart, challenging missions outshine Galactic Assault's impenetrable storyline and elementary design.
  5. Galactic Assault is an enjoyable game for those who like turn-based strategy games but don’t be expecting anything new in the genre.
  6. A solid turn-based strategy game a notch above similar titles due to the game's presentation and the difficulty. Doesn't hurt that the visuals are nice and the gameplay is approachable too.
  7. Galactic Assault: Prisoner of Power is a slick hex wargame that wears its theme like a chimpanzee wears a trilby (reluctantly and unconvincingly). Besides the names of the factions, units and characters, there's almost nothing here of the dark, distinctive source material. [Dec 2007, p.84]
  8. For it's user-friendly interface alone, Galactic Assault is a noteworthy entry in the genre and serves as a good starting point for anyone looking to cautiously dip a toe into war gaming. [Dec 2007, p.66]
  9. As for the TBS hardcore, they’ll probably indignantly object to the dumbed-down gameplay mechanics. Galactic Assault isn’t a bad game – we just don’t really know who it’s for.
  10. 67
    Much like those random late night films you know nothing about before you watch them and end up enjoying, Galactic Assault is more fun that you'd expect although it never really ever comes close to being great.
  11. A ho-hum experience throughout, Galactic Assault is average at best. The simplified interface will turn off TBS gamers, while RTS fans will find much more interesting options on the market.
  12. 62
    The combat is enjoyable and challenging in those moments where the scripting opens up a bit, and the overall interface is economical without seeming limiting. In the end though, that's not enough to raise the game beyond just average.
  13. While the tactics are meaty enough and there are stacks of multiplayer options, the whole package falls short due to ball-achingly bland battles and a particularly user-friendly learning curve. [Dec 2007, p.84]
  14. A little more imagination and Galactic Assault could have been a far more valuable addition to the overfull alien battle strategy genre.
  15. There is technically nothing wrong with Galactic Assault, it just lacks so much that it quickly becomes frustrating.
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Nick
    Sep 20, 2007
    9
    Great modern-looking TBS, and the best on based on Strugatsky brothers novel!
  2. Aug 24, 2013
    7
    A solid TBS game which is a mix of Massive Assault (or Advanced Wars) and Panzer General. Too bad the devs took as setting some soviet sci-book which no one knows. I'm a russian myself and haven't ever heard of this novel. Missions are too linear and graphics pretty outdated. Strangely enough, with all the complicated set of rules in this game it doesn't make a better game than Massive Assault. All in all, good game design with poor presentation. Full Review »
  3. SamH.
    Oct 10, 2007
    9
    This game is a real gem for those who prefer TBS games. It's based on rather unique concept. 9 is great for this title.