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Spaceward Ho! IV is a game of planetary conquest. The player designs fleets of spaceships and colonizes worlds, which are then used to build even more spaceships. The object is to destroy your opponent's fleets and conquer their planets.
The player can choose the number of computer opponents (up to 19) and set the size of the galaxy. There are four levels of computer intelligence for AI opponents.
The player begins with a single home world and must build colony ships to populate other worlds. Once a world has been colonized, the player has the option to terraform it to make it more suitable for humans or to mine metal from it. This metal is then used to build more spaceships.
There are seven major ship classes: Colony Ships, Satellites (used to protect planets), Scouts, Fighters, Dreadnoughts, Tankers and Biologicals (organic ships which don't require metal to make). The player can also undertake research to make their ships faster and more effective in battle. ~ Aidan Doyle, All Game Guide