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Deadlock: Planetary Conquest is an empire-building game that features both single and multi-player formats. As the player, you can choose to represent the human contingent in this planetary free-for-all or you can opt to be one of six alien races. In either case, you'll compete against the other six opponents for supremacy of rule and the right to colonize a single, resource-laden planet, Gallius IV.
You and each of the other races land a single contingent of only five hundred colonists on the surface, with laser pistols as the only weapon. Then, using all the tools of the management trade, establish mines, power plants, farms, factories, military might and more to secure the planet as the home world for your species. With food, energy, iron and wood as available resources, you must beat the other colonies in the race for survival of the fittest.
Two main avenues of victory are possible: win through superior economic prowess by building a pre-determined number of City Centers quicker than your opponents or win by sheer military might, with a war machine your colony builds to drive the other races off the planet.
Exploration, growth, exploitation of resources and your opponents' weaknesses, cultural or economic domination and the capacity to get the most out of your particular race's strengths and unique abilities will enable you to end the Deadlock on Gallius IV. ~ Michael L. House, All Game Guide