Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. It's a high quality product that blends tactics, strategy and management into an accessible and playable game -- just watch out for the appearance of any latent megalomaniac tendencies.
  2. Master of Orion 2 is just INTENSE! I absolutely loved this game and if you liked the original Master of Orion I think you will too.
  3. Great game, but a bit off from perfect. One of the things that irks me most is the race creation options. Getting to choose from only 4 similar governments is not enough.
  4. Players who love strategy games will go nuts for Master of Orion II. Its detailed play options, random encounters, multiplayer options, and customizing capabilities are everything that the hard-core veteran dreams of.
  5. A great update of a classic game, even with the micromanaging. [Mar 1997, p.134]
  6. One of the coolest features in Master of Orion 2 is the ability to do research. There are over 200 different technologies that you can acquire by the use of scientists in your empire. You get to choose many different technologies to research at any point and time.
  7. 80
    With the exception of Firaxis' "Alpha Centauri" (which owes more to Civ than these space opera games), no science fiction game has come close to the amount of atmosphere in Master of Orion II.
  8. While an excellent game, it just lacks that particular oomph the original had. Perhaps, being a sequel, it couldn't have the same impact as being something completely new.
  9. There is so much to do in this game that if you like space opera strategy, you’ll have to have it... One of the better strategy games of 1996, but one with significant flaws. Good, yes; a classic, no.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. ElderDragon
    Jun 30, 2004
    Still play that game. Since 1998 !!!
  2. Kenshin
    Oct 24, 2005
    One of the All time space strategy classics. More fun than MOO 3. I still play the game and have been on and off since 96.
  3. PaulW.
    Oct 1, 2003
    Excellent 4X strategy game. Deep, customizable and intense. Would be a 10, except that as you increase your planet and population count, the micro-managing gets almost tedius. The built in AI designed to keep the micro-management level down is not reliable enough to trust, so you end up doing it all yourself. Full Review »