After a nuclear war earth was made uninhabitable and mankind had to colonize other planets in the solar system. Now it is the 23rd century and you are the commander of of the moon base which houses the survivors. It’s your job to make sure mankind survives but in doing so you discover that aliens are trying to stop you from doing this.

You start with a simple base, some equipment and very little else. It’s your job to design and build new things to improve the station so that you can mount a defence against the invaders. The main screen shows the base and each of the different compartments respresents a different facility. Below the screen are shown the six different areas and the ones in red need immediate attention. First you have to make sure there is enough energy for your facilities which is easy enough as there is a mark 1 generator in you store but it will only deliver enough energy for a small amount of services. You can design and then build better generators when you need them as your facility is entirely selfsufficient. Ofcourse you need materials to produce equipment so you’ll have to mine them as well.

While you are trying to improve your base don’t forget that there is an alien race who are about to attack so it’s important to build defensive and offensive weapons like battle craft and orbital lasers. You can only produce a single object at one time though so try and keep you facilities running constantly to maximize output. In the event that you have to wait before new things happen you can skip a day ahead. You’ll use this at the start of the game often as you have only a single base but later on you will be able to build bases on other planets as well giving you a lot more responsability and work. This will give you new possibilities as well because some of the rarer minerals cannot be mined on the moon and have to be extracted from other planets. This will allow you to design and build equipment you would normally not be able to.

Millenium 2.2 is an excellent space strategy game and it has enough options and possibilites so that you won’t get bored with it easily. The interface does have a bit of a learning curve as you will not get an explanation or anything. It took me a while before I found out how you could manufacture items as the button isn’t on a menu but you have to click on a sign above the production facilities to select which item to manufacture. Still if you play the game for a while the controls won’t bother you any and you can concentrate on the strategic parts. The game was also quite succesfull as there was a sequel made called deuteros which improved it in a number of areas but this is still great and I recommend you check it out.

Overal rating: 7.5/10

Erde Kaiser


This game was released for three different systems here are some notes:

Amiga Released in 1986.
Game has been tested but not completed with winUAE v0.9.91.
Atari ST Released in 1987.
Game has been tested but not completed with Steem v3.2.
DOS Released in 1987.
Game has been tested but not completed on a DOS and Win2k PC.
This is called millenium return to earth but the game is exactly the same.
Date added Feb-13-2005 15:13
Name Millenium 2.2
Developer Innerprise software
Publisher Activision
First released 1989
Genre Strategy