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In the honored tradition of Master of Orion and Pax Imperia comes Space Empires IV. An apt pupil of contemporary advances in empire-building turn-based strategy games, Space Empires IV features an intuitive interface and several options for extensive customization. Players will design ships for exploration, defense and conquest, direct their Empires' research and diplomatic affairs, and oversee construction efforts at all production centers.
Space Empires IV includes many pre-designed races but also features an option that lets players make complete customizations to their own race statistics as well as those of their opponents. Graphics and portraits can also be customized and new ship "skins" are available at many of the game's unofficial, fan-operated websites.
Space Empires IV features 3D rendered race portraits and ship graphics. The game may be run in 800x600 or 1028x768 display modes. Most of the game's data files are in simple text format, allowing gamers an even deeper level of customization options (of course, users choose to edit system files at their own risk). Multiplayer options let up to 20 human or computer players to compete at once and the game allows for either traditional, turn-based gameplay or simultaneous action. ~ T.J. Deci, All Game Guide