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FreeOrion is a turn-based, futuristic science fiction computer strategy game for Windows, Linux and Mac OSX. The purpose of the game is to lead one of a number of races to dominate the galaxy through a combination of diplomacy and conquest while developing technology, exploring and colonizing star systems. The game uses a point-and-click interface as well as keyboard shortcuts to control the management of colonies, technology, ship construction, diplomacy and combat and comes with both single and multi player game modes.

FreeOrion, inspired by Master of Orion games (but is not a clone or remake of that series or any other game), incorporates the nation-building elements of games such as Europa Universalis 2 and a versatile tactical combat engine. While its modular design allows for a significant degree of customization of the game engine and the story elements by the community, the development team is dedicated to the construction of a living, breathing universe in a 'grand campaign' model.

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FreeOrion system requirements

FreeOrion does not yet have official system requirements. As a rough guideline, earlier versions of FreeOrion have been reported to run on a 600MHz machine with 128MB internal memory, however this did not constitute a good playing experience; you will want to have more. Additionally, FO uses OpenGL, meaning you should have a 3D accelerator card. A screen resolution of 1024x768 or larger is very strongly recommended, though the game can be run, awkwardly, at lower resolutions.

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Note for Windows users: you will need .NET 2.0 to be able to play FreeOrion.

Ubuntu users can download and install FreeOrion (the latest version) from PlayDeb.

Download FreeOrion for Windows, Linux and Mac OSX.

You should also try Vega Stryke, a free, open source space simulation game for Windows, Linux and Mac OSX.